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99 Percent of Users Still Choose Windows 7, Toshiba Reveal

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    99 Percent of Users Still Choose Windows 7, Toshiba Reveal


    Windows 8’s adoption rate remains slow, even though Microsoft is getting ready to launch the 8.1 OS update supposed to fix so many things with the product.

    But as far as Toshiba and its business sales are concerned, 99 percent of its sales are still going to Windows 7, with only a few people actually choosing Windows 8.

    Toshiba's B2B product marketing manager Cindy Zwerling told ZDNet in an interview that Windows 8 “remains some distant plan in the future,” explaining that Windows 8.1 indeed has some potential to boost sales of Microsoft’s modern platform.

    “Windows 7 is clearly the enterprise operating system at this time,” she said. “But there are pockets of the corporate population that use [detachable] tablets, and might be running Windows 8. But for your standard clamshell notebook? It's Windows 7. From a business perspective, I would say 99 percent of our sales are Windows 7.”
    99 Percent of Users Still Choose Windows 7, Toshiba Reveals

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    The last statement says it all.

    From a business perspective, I would say 99 percent of our sales are Windows 7.
    That would seem logical at this point in time.
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    when I order new machines from Dell for our business they are actually surprised when I ask for Windows 8.
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    That should be 99 percent of BUSINESS users. That's understandable, however, since most of them only recently migrated to Windows 7 and still have a standard image. Windows 8 is still largely focused on consumers.

    Windows 8 had a lot of gotchas still for enterprise customers, but 8.1 removes a lot of those. We may see more migrations, but I wouldn't count on it until at least the next revision, and maybe even Windows 9.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    That should be 99 percent of BUSINESS users. That's understandable, however, since most of them only recently migrated to Windows 7 and still have a standard image. Windows 8 is still largely focused on consumers.

    Windows 8 had a lot of gotchas still for enterprise customers, but 8.1 removes a lot of those. We may see more migrations, but I wouldn't count on it until at least the next revision, and maybe even Windows 9.
    Not sure about this. W7 sure had more than 1% market share in businesses after the first year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HerrKaLeun View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    That should be 99 percent of BUSINESS users. That's understandable, however, since most of them only recently migrated to Windows 7 and still have a standard image. Windows 8 is still largely focused on consumers.

    Windows 8 had a lot of gotchas still for enterprise customers, but 8.1 removes a lot of those. We may see more migrations, but I wouldn't count on it until at least the next revision, and maybe even Windows 9.
    Not sure about this. W7 sure had more than 1% market share in businesses after the first year.
    But look at the circumstances. People overall hated Vista, the only upgrade from XP at the time. XP doomsayers have caused a massive migration, and Win 7 pops up just in time.

    Most users today use win 7. No reason to upgrade to 8 after 7, from a business perspective. Add in 8's steep learning curve, and it's an obvious choice.

    Personally, my business has half 7's and half 8's, and a few XP's left.

    50% + 50% + 10% = 100% ... right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HerrKaLeun View Post
    Not sure about this. W7 sure had more than 1% market share in businesses after the first year.
    How do you know that?

    Even if that's true, and i'm not saying it's not... the circumstances were different. Many businesses wanted off XP (many others were afraid to move from XP as well). Those that were on Vista wanted to move to 7 as well. Finally, 7 came along at just the right time, when businesses were going through their normal 3-5 year hardware refresh cycle.

    In those days, a hardware refresh cycle was pretty major. Today, a PC from 5 years ago is still a pretty good PC, so long as it was decent at the time. There is less need to replace a PC from 5 years ago than there was then. And without replacing hardware, most users don't replace the OS.

    There also wasn't the huge tablet and mobile influx back then either. Some estimate that as much as half of users opt for a new mobile device over a new PC.

    There are a lot of factors at play.
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    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    The last statement says it all.

    From a business perspective, I would say 99 percent of our sales are Windows 7.
    That would seem logical at this point in time.
    Any system analyst will tell you this makes sense as it's not that easy to fully implement any new OS into an organization. There are many tings to consider, not the least being, training, integration, security, and software & hardware considerations.

    Many a analyst (aka IT person) can easily loose their job, and cost a company millions, if this isn't fully investigated. So yeah, it isn't surprising businesses aren't running out the door to grab massive copies of Windows 8. It's no different when Win 7 first hit the scene, It'll probably be no different when the next OS comes along. SDLC.
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    Well heck, many companies only recently migrated from XP to 7. I don't think they will be quick to jump on the 8 bandwagon.

    Besides, can we be honest? I don't think 8 is much of a business OS.
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