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Slow uptake of Windows 8 preview hints at lack of interest

  1. #11


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    Well, the stats are that fewer people are running it as more of a main OS than anything. But on the other hand, downloading of preview builds is HUGE!

    I would assume that people are either a) installing it and giving a kick of the tires, b) realize that a stable Windows 7/xp that has ALL their user settings and programs installed and it would be a bee sting to reconfigure everything or, c) they don't like it.

    I doubt c is the main reason.

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  2. #12


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    1st W10 Professional x64/W7 Ultimate x64 - 2nd Remote system: W10 Insider Builds/W7 Professional


    The ratio around here is two XP users, one likely to upgrade to Vista but won't 7, the other strictly XP forever, one Vista laptop user(novice user), and besides myself one other 7 user. The difference of course being I am the only one who dual or multi-boots OSs.

    The decision was already made here to keep 7 as the main OS before the DP came along even. When needing something 7 won't support then 8, 9, 10, ? are likely considerations.

    The problem with statistics is that they are based on general assessments not actual looks into each home to see who is running what OS. XP is far from dead with many as well as many Vista users refused to upgrade to 7. And likewise many simply skipped over XP entirely into Vista from 2000.

    Here I bypassed ME, 2000 when upgrading out of the Legacy versions into XP until Vista arrived which ended up in a dual boot with the former until 7. For those that skipped XP into Vista and like the sidebar and gadgets they may decide to skip 7 in favor of the Metro and touchscreen in 8 once out and looking to upgrade into a new system as well as OS.

    The stats can be way off due to the endless number of reasons why people may rush at or hold off when any new version arrives. Many certainly won't like running a Tablet PC OS on their desktops wondering what happened to the old familiars being the downside for 8 there. Those looking for "something new and blue" as well as the geeks will be the lookers!

    The makers and breakers of 8 will how it is received for the most part especially if MS leaves no inbetween traditional desktop and Mobile looking OS options such as auto load to Start screen for desktop users. Until the RP is out in June however we are still looking at the beta renamed "Preview" but may not be seeing the full story as for what MS does have in mind but holding it off in the early stages. We'll just have to see if that's the case or not.
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  3. #13


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Hi there
    Most of these stats are "Little Round Objects". Why should people take up W8 at the moment.

    It's probably fun for a lot of people on these Forums who are better technologically prepared than Joe Public.

    But why should you "Take up" an OS that is still in "Test Phase" to run your everyday "production" stuff.

    Honestly peeps -- please get real.

    W8 seems to be doing a grand job in its test mode. The fact that "Joe public" isn't taking it up is hardly surprising as it isn't even an "Official" product yet and the W8 CP version might be totally different from the released version.

    Cheers
    jimbo.
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  4. #14


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    The point is that Win7 was 2.5 times more popular at this stage than Win8 is.

    Not a good sign for MS.

    On the other hand, they can learn from that.

    They still have time to give the customers what they want
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  5. #15


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    8250 x86 + 7 SP1 x86 + Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86


    I think they're planning on making such a high amount of money in Store and Metro eventually that they're not very concerned with current uptake of Windows 8 or even if enterprise latches on to it. (They're already making their money with 7 in enterprise, and others.)

    No matter what people say or think about it, Windows 8 will find its way onto machines - ya know, OEM, friends/family installing for others. Heck, it is even on mine and it's all I use for the past months.

    Then the money can be made to overcome any losses from those not migrating to 8. Win/win for them.
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  6. #16


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    I remember the comments made about 7 being what Vista should have been! With the slump MS took on Vista people were ready to jump on 7 as soon as some good word from testers came along! It drew notice fast from Everyday User as well as the OS geeks. MS had an instant winner with 7 from the start.

    With 8 being a second in line version as well as seeing the Metro changing the way things are it wasn't a followup on the success 7 is seeing but MS going in a different direction. The idea of the loss of the much expected popup Start menu now requiring bringing up a full screen presentation if you need to back to open a second window if not another app is the thing throwing people off.

    Adopting any new version of Windows does take time as some are now finally moving up to 7 from XP or Vista. Some simply wanted to stay with Vista when not liking 7. For the people looking at getting into a newer version they simply have to weigh the Pros and Cons of what the next newer version offers.

    With 8 MS is mainly focusing on the mobile as well as Tablet PC market bringing the touchscreen orientated OS. Where MS is likely to take a hit and learn from as SIW was saying would be the changes that will effect desktop users more so.

    For the average noob shopping in a Walmart, Target, Best Buy, etc. they won't be worried about the Start orb button, Start menu, Shutdown-Logoff,-Restart options but what new thrills 8 will be like. They will simply press the on/off button.
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  7. #17


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    Microsoft Attitude to Metro


    Has there been any recent softening in MS's attitude towards:

    • An option for direct boot to desktop, thus bypassing Metro?

    • Restoring the traditional start menu?

    • A version specifically for desk top users?

    In my own case, I have stopped testing W8 until these features are incorporated, because I won't purchase it until they are. So there's no point in doing any further exploratory work until this is established.
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  8. #18


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    Poppa, sincerely highly doubt MS is going to do any of that, unfortunately.

    There are technical reasons as well as the almighty $ reasons.
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  9. #19


    SIW2 has raised a valid point. Windows 7 beta was actually better than the final version of Vista, while Windows 8 Preview Edition is really not much improvement over Windows 7. Plus, XP users, who still liked their OS, were ready for a change. 7 users are not.
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  10. #20


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    I doubt it.

    This is all part of a carefully orchestrated strategy.

    You will recall the attempt to prevent other o/s being installed in the draft oem agreement.

    You can see the push to get the unsuspecting into the MS clouds via the removal of choice and the metro UI.

    Now there are allegations of an attempt to restrict browser competition on ARM machines.

    You will have noticed the reduction of free skydrive storage - why do you think that is ?

    I expect we will see more same kind of tactics.

    It will be interesting to see how much they can get away with.


    Quote Originally Posted by poppa bear View Post
    Has there been any recent softening in MS's attitude towards:

    • An option for direct boot to desktop, thus bypassing Metro?


    • Restoring the traditional start menu?


    • A version specifically for desk top users?

    In my own case, I have stopped testing W8 until these features are incorporated, because I won't purchase it until they are. So there's no point in doing any further exploratory work until this is established.
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