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U.S. consumers hesitant to make switch to Windows 8

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    U.S. consumers hesitant to make switch to Windows 8


    Most Windows users in the U.S. know about Windows 8 but few have immediate plans to upgrade to Microsoft's newest operating system.What's more, about one-third of Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP users who are ready to buy a new personal computer say they intend to switch to an Apple product.
    Those are the findings of an unusually broad survey of Windows PC users conducted by antivirus company Avast and released exclusively to USA TODAY.
    The survey results underscore lukewarm response to Windows 8, which introduces a radical new PC user interface involving use of a touch screen in addition to a keyboard and mouse.

    Rest of story here:

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    I'm pretty hesitant to upgrade to Windows 8....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I'm pretty hesitant to upgrade to Windows 8....
    Your free Windows 8 adventure is getting close to end, you will have to purchase it or get back to ... what is the last Windows you have a License ?


    "What's more, about one-third of Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP users who are ready to buy a new personal computer say they intend to switch to an Apple product."

    They are already doing so since few years, Apple sell more desktops than HP pr Dell or Acer


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    What's more, about one-third of Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP users who are ready to buy a new personal computer say they intend to switch to an Apple product.
    Good Luck! See Ya! Brand new Apple users will find Macs to be completely intuitive!

    conducted by antivirus company Avast and released exclusively to USA TODAY
    The participants in the survey are probably not aware of the security improvements in Windows 8 and are most likely customers of Avast - ...also - Does Avast advertise in USA TODAY?

    Why would Avast want to put a good spin on Windows 8 since 8 does not need Avast?
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    Either way, the article seems about spot on with the comments I have heard from friends, coworkers and other forum sites.

    Regular users, sadly don't put that much stock in security. Look at how many run windows XP and don't run Windows update on a regular basis...or use tons of 3rd party software without patching it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Either way, the article seems about spot on with the comments I have heard from friends, coworkers and other forum sites.

    Regular users, sadly don't put that much stock in security. Look at how many run windows XP and don't run Windows update on a regular basis...or use tons of 3rd party software without patching it.
    This is true, and that's probably the reason why Windows 8 is the way it is. It's better optimized for automatic updating without user input, has built in anti-virus, and has a new app model that doesn't bog down performance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I'm pretty hesitant to upgrade to Windows 8....
    I agree with you on this. I have used numerous versions including the RTM prior to launch and I am just happier with Windows 7. It's secure, fast and does what I need it to do. If I had a touch screen I might consider it down the road but otherwise I see it having little benefit over 7 other than a slightly faster boot time (which is not much with my specs to be honest, maybe a .5 second diff from my current 6 second load time). I see 8 as a fail and unless MS comes out with a more "business friendly" version in the next year or so, I see Windows 7 staying put as the flagship for a long time.
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    This is nothing new. after over a year with Windows XP, less than 10% of PCs had it. Operating system sales aren't like movie sales. You're in it for the long haul.

    But most of all, the vast bulk of Windows sales is through sales of new PCs. It has always been that way. Consumers buying it to upgrade a computer has traditionally been a small percentage. People usually don't upgrade a computer until they have to. And "have to" usually means the computer is too slow to run this or so-and-so software/hardware won't work on the old hardware.
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    ...hesitant because I don't know if I'll be able to meet the demands of friends, friends of friends and relatives for Windows 8!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    ...hesitant because I don't know if I'll be able to meet the demands of friends, friends of friends and relatives for Windows 8!!

    What are you trying to say with this post?. I'm not following you at all.
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