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Windows 7 outpacing Windows 8 adoption, shows latest fig.

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    Windows 7 outpacing Windows 8 adoption, shows latest fig.


    Latest NetMarketshare figures suggest Windows 7 is outpacing Windows 8's adoption, despite a rapid reduction in Windows XP usage over the past quarter.
    Over the past month, Windows 8's share has increased by 0.61 percentage points, rising to 8.02 percent of the total share. Whereas, on the other hand, Windows 7's share increased by 0.8 percentage points, rising to 46.3 percent of the market.
    To put this into context, Apple's latest desktop operating system OS X 10.8 operating system grew by 0.27 percentage points to a mere 3.7 percent of the overall share. But this figure accounts for just shy of half of Windows 8's overall growth for August.
    Windows 7 outpacing Windows 8 adoption, shows latest figures | ZDNet

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    Windows 8 is finished. MS is hoping for better things with 8.1. Problem is 8.1 is basically the same with a bit of camouflage. Time will tell if the consumers will fall for it.
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    I don't know how you folks felt the first time you clicked on the "Start" button in Windows 8.1, but I was extremely disappointed.

    To me, the addition of the faux Start button was Microsoft "Thumbing their nose" (or some other appropriate gesture) at the Desktop users. It was probably done only to make it easier for touchscreen users to get to the Start screen.
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    They basically did everyone a disservice by calling it a Start Button. It's just the Windows key on your taskbar. Granted it does have more functionality than the key on the keyboard as you can't right click the keyboard Windows key, but I still think calling it a Start Button was a bad idea.

    I already knew long before I saw it that it wouldn't open the traditional start menu so I wasn't surprised. I hardly ever use it, I just press the Windows key on my keyboard. Or press the forward button on my trackball that I reassigned to be the Windows key.
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    Same here ..... Since i use classic shell . im ok with it . DAWN U M$
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    Interesting comment posted to the zdnet article:

    Remember Windows Mobile? It was a phone, but it had a desktop interface. You'd have to use a stylus pen to hit the microscopic icons.

    With Windows 8, it's happened again, but this time the other way 'round. Microsoft put its phone interface on a desktop computer. Again it has failed.
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    MS ultimate aim is to control the users. When/if it gets to the stage users have tiny devices and everything is online, they will have achieved that. Good for the Tech corps, not good for the users.

    There will be steps along the way, little by little, so as not to alarm the consumers.

    Seems MS think one of the steps will be to move the users onto "hybrid" devices. Those are basically small laptops which can also run "apps".

    We shall see.
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    I don't think Microsoft is trying to push users to hybrid devices. They are already moving that way, Microsoft just wants a piece of the pie. Desktop PC's will be around for a while, it's just that most people already have one and aren't in a big hurry to buy another one or replace it. A fair number already have a laptop too, and a smart phone. Tablets are what's selling at the moment, at least it looks that way to me. Microsoft wants in on that market and tried to mold Windows to run on those devices. Trying to make Windows run on all types of devices doesn't seem to have worked out to well. A lot of die hard desktop users aren't impressed. Windows 7 is what rocks for those die hard users. I still run it on one of my desktop PC's. I respect those users and their opinion. Some may be buying Windows 7 licenses while they still can knowing that its going to get harder and harder to find.

    I was quit indifferent to Windows 8 when I first started using it. After using it for a while though I don't find it so bad. I don't miss the old start menu. I still think it should be an option for those that want it though. Now that Metro is multi monitor friendly in 8.1 I have it running on my main desktop. I must say though, that if I didn't have TechNet I'd still be running Windows 7 on everything except my Laptop that came with Windows 8.
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    I notice no appreciable change in either "Other" (ie Linux, Chromebook, etc..) or MacOSX... so I guess all those people that said they were going to Linux or Chrombook were not truthful.

    I'm guessing the loss in XP was mainly people going to tablets.
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