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Windows 8 expected to be third most use OS this month

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    Windows 8 To Surpass Windows Visa Market Share In June

    The latest market share data from Net Applications shows that May 2013 was a decent one for Windows 8, which gained 0.43 percentage points (from 3.84 percent to 4.27 percent). Windows Vista meanwhile lost another 0.24 percentage points (from 4.75 percent to 4.51 percent), after finally falling below the 5 percent mark in March.

    If Windows Vista merely held steady in June, Windows 8′s growth would allow it to pass its now ancient predecessor. However, assuming that Windows 8 grows as it did in the past month, and Vista declines in the same fashion as well, and we should see the month end with 8 controlling 4.7 percent of the market, and Vista 4.27 percent.

    Put another way, around the middle of June, Windows 8 will surpass Windows Vista as the third most popular operating system variant in the world. Its taken longer than expected, given soft sales of Windows 8 and a slowing PC market, but now around 7 months into its life, the new version of Windows is about to claim its first victim.

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    Hi there
    Those sorts of Stats can mean anything -- Most used OS this month -- By whom -- developers in Ms labs etc.

    It's about as meaningful as saying if you attend a Football match at Old Trafford in Manchester (Man Utd's home ground) then the vast majority in the ground will be Man Utd fans which is completely different to saying the vast majority of Football fans world wide support Man Utd (although it often seems like that !!).

    If I use say XP at work for a month but use W8 on say 5 computers at home -- what am I USING more -- XP or W8. You can't certianly equate number of installations to amount of use. 8 Hrs a day at work or possibly a few evenings at home -- no contest even though I'm using MORE computers at home.

    I often think on these boards I ought to run a FREE basic Statistics 101 tutorial. !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    Those sorts of Stats can mean anything -- Most used OS this month -- By whom -- developers in Ms labs etc.

    It's about as meaningful as saying if you attend a Football match at Old Trafford in Manchester (Man Utd's home ground) then the vast majority in the ground will be Man Utd fans which is completely different to saying the vast majority of Football fans world wide support Man Utd (although it often seems like that !!).

    If I use say XP at work for a month but use W8 on say 5 computers at home -- what am I USING more -- XP or W8. You can't certianly equate number of installations to amount of use. 8 Hrs a day at work or possibly a few evenings at home -- no contest even though I'm using MORE computers at home.

    I often think on these boards I ought to run a FREE basic Statistics 101 tutorial. !!!

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Pretty simple, it was in the article, by the rate Windows 8 has grown in May and if it continues in June; it will become the third most used Windows platform according to Net Applications.

    Your simile makes no sense and doesn't really apply to this.

    It is simple, the current rate of Windows 8 growth at the expense of previous Windows versions will make it more used by everyone who connects to the internet with it.
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    4.7 % doesn't seem like all that much to get excited about though. Better than going the other way I guess.
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    I'm optimistic that what's been mentioned as features of 8.1 will make things better for a fair number of users. I welcome the changes that they have talked about. Some won't be happy but say la vie, to each his own. The issue of no classic start menu is a contentious issue that isn't going to go away any time soon. That debate looks to become a never ending story.
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    It's beyond comprehension, when 87.1%, (XP + Vista + W7), are using a legacy start button and menu, and work from the traditional desktop ... and only 4.27% have embraced W8 ... why M$ refuse to restore the last missing piece of the puzzle, meaning the Start Menu ... not just a meaningless start button.

    They have acknowledged that users want a direct boot to desktop ... meaning they're not interested in Modern start menu. But then contradict the choice given by direct boot to desktop ... by assuming they want to go back to Modern?

    They just don't get it that many users don't use/want Modern or M$ Apps or cloud.

    Yeah, sure, by all means promote a tablet/smart phone set-up ... but offer traditional users what they want. What have they got to lose! It's already dead in the water?

    I guess the only thing that can possibly get through to M$ marketing is when W8 dies on the vine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang View Post
    It's beyond comprehension, when 87.1%, (XP + Vista + W7), are using a legacy start button and menu, and only 4.27% have embraced W8 ... why M$ refuse to restore the last missing piece of the puzzle, meaning the Start Menu ... not just a meaningless start button.
    If I may offer an opinion..

    It seems that despite all the hype that M$ aren't really listening, they are trying to create the illusion that they are. They don't seem to have strayed very far from the original vision of W8 being a multi-homed OS.

    Having looked at the list of features offered for W8.1 I must say that there is absolutely nothing compelling to make me change from Windows 7. Indeed, my initial reaction was "more of the same rubbish".

    Without Aero, the start button going to a non-fullscreen start menu and boot to desktop I would not even consider a move. Well, for production PCs at least. I do have one here that I use as a test system for the W8 customers I have to support (and they are few and far between), and a W8 VM for tinkering.

    As they say "Lies, damned lies and stats"... Stats can be made to mean anything.. and sadly often mean little or nothing.
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    @Tanyac Well said!

    The most fundamental principle of marketing is to cater to consumer wants and needs. Not vice versa.

    This was the reason why General Motors Holden had such huge success in it's first entry in the car market in Oz back in 1954 with the introduction of the FJ Holden.
    Last edited by Mustang; 05 Jun 2013 at 22:22.
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    Taken nearly half a year to crawl over vista. Oh yeah it's a runaway success story, lol.
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