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Windows XP, 8.1, and 8 All Lose Users in July 2014

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    Windows XP, 8.1, and 8 All Lose Users in July 2014


    Microsoft would better bring Windows 9 to the market as soon as possible because almost all its operating systems currently out there are losing users at a really fast pace.


    Statistics provided by market researcher Net Applications reveal that Windows XP, Windows 8.1, and Windows 8 all lost users in July 2014, with Windows 7 becoming the only big winner of this change.

    Windows 8.1, which is actually Microsoft’s newest best in the modern OS world, dropped from 6.61 percent in June 2014 to 6.56 percent last month, even though everyone would have expected to see a market share increase since more people upgrade from Windows 8 to this particular OS version.
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    Hafnarfjörđur IS
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    Hi there

    Those Softpaedia articles could better be used as "Bog Paper". The Real thing I'd want to know after reading the title of the thread is Lose users TO WHAT

    Is it to mobile devices --well that's been obvious for AGES - a lot of people don't use PC's who used to have them --doesn't mean PC is dead, or are people switching to APPLE -- can't say I've seen any significant evidence of that, or what about Linux -- I'm sure there is a growth here but mainly amongst hobbyists etc. I don't think there's much growth there as far as "The Great Unwashed" is concerned -- so A HUGELY UN-INMFORMATIVE article.

    Cheers
    jimbo

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    I believe the implication is they are losing to Windows 7. I have always found this argument entertaining. Having worked at not only Microsoft, but other software companies, the business model actually says the more users you get on the tail end the more you win. Support costs are always the highest at the initial release. They always drop off as bug fixes go in and user education increases. So the support cost for Windows 7 today is much less than it was when it was released. So if Microsoft gains 20% of the market with Windows 7 at this stage their overall profitability should be higher. From a marketing perspective you always want to create the urgency for the upgrade because you have to cover the research and development. That said, making sales on software via the long tail is never losing.
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    @ Jumbo

    You have that correct! Did you notice .05%? Losing or basically flat lined?

    @ MrBill

    Thanks for that info. That makes sense. I've always said that MS has always kept an ace up their sleeve > The last OS.

    Overall another author beating a dead horse. We all know that Ballmer and Sinofsky made the mistake of releasing 8 too soon. It should have been 8.1. That would have eased the "drastic change". Just like Vista, they can't shake the bad reputation no matter what.

    Also, just as other past OSs, the closer we get to the release of the next one, the more people will wait to buy.
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    Hafnarfjörđur IS
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    Hi there

    I have a feeling they'll wait until the last of the TechNet subscriptions expire --then a lot more people will actually have to BUY the new release. I think the last people to come off TechNet will be around November 2014.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    That sounds about right, Jim. With the release of 9RP upon us, final release should be somewhere around after the first of the year. They'll clear out 8.x stock during this Christmas shopping season with giving deals, then release 9. Hopefully with that they can get over the hump of bad press. 9 needs to be dead on to appease all types of users. I dare say it will be the most configurable OS to date.

    Being a small business with one computer, it was never feasible for me to buy a TechNet subscription, although I did have an account. I was able to download RPs before the public at least, but not anymore. I have to wait with the rest. It was good while it lasted.
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    My TechNet is currently showing "Expired/in grace period". I would think the Windows 9 release will be after all the TechNet subs have fully expired. Done that way on purpose? Who knows?
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    Adelaide
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    W7 and OS X


    W7 and OS X gained market share.
    Also, the browser chart shows Chrome gaining market share (all other browsers lost market share).
    Last edited by lehnerus2000; 02 Aug 2014 at 10:05. Reason: Clarification
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    Hafnarfjörđur IS
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    Hi there

    I think the OP was talking about OS'es rather than browsers --in any case Chrome for some people is a dogs dinner on a PC --it's fine on a phone or tablet of course --so even these stats are essentially rubbish unless you relate them to the devices being used on. I'm not sure IE can even work on android phones in any case so probably as well as the OS you need another variable - device.

    As the % of android users increases it's pretty obvious that the % of IE usage will go down -- BTW on PC's a lot of streaming subscriptions (SKY GO, NETFLIX etc) don't work unless Silverlight is installed -- this is always a "Maybe, Maybe not" issue when using chrome as well.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Adelaide
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    I think the OP was talking about OS'es rather than browsers
    The picture showed the OS share.

    I noticed the Browser share info when I visited the site.
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