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Windows 8 gaining market share


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Windows 7 was the "promised savior" from Vista. Windows 8, on the other hand is another Vista, and if we take into account the UI, it's worse than Vista.

Another thing to consider is that Windows 8 is much better protected against unauthorized use than Windows 7 was, so a lot of would-be adopters are waiting until a solution is found for that. Windows 7, by comparison was similar enough to Vista for enthusiasts to quickly find a way to "liberate" it of any usage restrictions very fast, so users felt more secure when they knew the OS they are installing today won't go into lockdown 30 days later with no going back. Vista adoption rates were also slow until Microsoft lowered the defenses at the beginning due to a court order.
 

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That's all there is to say. W7 is more popular than W8.
Hi there
Not wishing to get into this type of discussion but even TODAY XP is still more popular than EITHER W7 or W8.

You can't judge these statistics on numbers of computers sold -- many people I know still have stuff running from around 2002 etc.

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That depends ...

That's all there is to say. W7 is more popular than W8.
Hi there
Not wishing to get into this type of discussion but even TODAY XP is still more popular than EITHER W7 or W8.
It depends on which site you get the figures from (and how they gather their data).

Here are the results from 3 sites:

Operating system market share

StatOwl (I can't post a direct link to this page, as the W8 forum software mangles it) :shock:

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I'm surprised that 7 has past xp. Most people I know still haven't moved off of xp unless they had to buy a new machine and most of them have not had to.
 

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I'm not sure if those sets of figures are all US only, all Worldwide or some combination of US and Worldwide.
 

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I am truly skeptical about these stats. Licenses sold is simply not "copies in use". Easy as that.

"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics."
Benjamin Disraeli
"Then there was the man who drowned crossing a stream with an average depth of six inches."
W. I. E. Gates
W3C seem to come closer to the truth, but still, this is based on what their web counters see, so take it with a grain of salt. We will never know the true numbers.
 

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That doesn't ...

Last time I checked, Windows 8 was not released...
That doesn't stop people from using W8 (DP, CP, RP and Ent) to surf the Internet.

W7 wasn't released until Oct 22, 2009.

According to NetMarketShare:
  • Windows 7 had a 1% market share at the 1st of September 2009.
  • Windows 8 has a 0.25% market share (currently)

It's now the 4th most widely used Windows OS (according to NetMarketShare).
Market share for mobile, browsers, operating systems and search engines | NetMarketShare
Operating system market share
Therefore:

The W8 (Betas) only have a fraction of the popularity that the W7 (Betas) enjoyed (according to NetMarketShare).
 

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