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Slow uptake of Windows 8 preview hints at lack of interest

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    Slow uptake of Windows 8 preview hints at lack of interest


    Slow uptake of Windows 8 preview hints at lack of interest


    If usage share equals enthusiasm, new OS half as interesting to users as Windows 7 was in its beta stage

    By Gregg Keizer
    April 30, 2012 12:09 PM ET

    Computerworld - Windows users appear half as interested in trying out the new Windows 8 as they did three years ago when they jumped at the chance to test drive Windows 7, data shows.

    According to Web analytics company Net Applications, only 0.11% of the computers that went online last week ran Windows 8. That number -- representing 11 machines out of each 10,000 -- was the same as Windows 8 averaged in March.

    And it's significantly less than Windows 7's usage share at the same point in its development history.

    At the end of the first two full months after the release of Windows 7 Beta, that operating system was powering 0.26% -- or 26 out of every 10,000 -- of the PCs that browsed the Web.

    Microsoft made early versions of both Windows 8 and Windows 7 available to anyone interested enough to download and install the trials. The former, dubbed Windows 8 Consumer Preview, debuted two months ago Sunday. Windows 7 Beta appeared in early January 2009.

    It's not possible to compare Windows 8's initial uptake with that of Windows Vista, the 2007 operating system that most users shunned, and which has steadily lost share since Windows 7's October 2009 release: Computerworld's records of Net Applications' data go back only to February 2007, one month after Vista's launch and nine months after the release of that edition's first public beta.

    There are several possible explanations for the usage difference of Windows 8's and Windows 7's public previews.
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    Yes, that makes sense.

    There is a lot less interest in win8 than there was in Win7.
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    For most 7 was the "Big Leap" over Vista from XP to 7! When Vista got a bad rep not entirely a bad OS to begin with people ended up waiting for the next being 7 which saw immediate success!

    In other words "everybody" was looking to try out 7 as you can recall just from the discussions over at SF. With the Metro UI seen now 8 while not only that but being the next version not as attractive for those who went for 7 you can see why the initial interest lags. The Metro only added to the hesitation.
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    It is far too early to extrapolate - but, just for fun....

    On those figures win7 is nearly 2.5 times more popular than win8.

    Win7 has sold just over 450 m copies, I believe.

    That would put win8 sales at 200m if they are lucky.

    Vista sold over 300m.
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    I don't see as being a seller as you saw 7 take off with! The bulk of 8 sales will likely be XP and Vista users going for the new version since most 7 users now are satisfied with 7. The geek squad obviously will look at dual boots while the typical 7 users are going to see 8 as questionable!

    With 8 now only in it's own beta point you couldn't expect any 100% accurate charts on real interest this soon as you saw with 7 by any means. The long term picture as far as actual use however could only be seen once in retail form and out on the market. You can be sure the portables with 8 will be outselling the 8 desktop pcs!

    MS would have been playing it smart by not forcing the Metro on everyone but had seen a two mode type of installer for standard desktop with a new look and a second for Metro/touchscreen rather then placing everything into the Metro to grab the desktop market. But 8 for many is being looked at as the Mobile OS only
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    I wrote the same thing a few days ago


    Does he read this forum?

    I pointed this out a few days ago on this thread:
    Windows 8 gaining market share

    I linked to his W7 thread for the info (in this post):
    Windows 8 gaining market share
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    Do you think I should link this one here? Windows XP just won't die: Remains most used OS in April | ZDNet

    Or I could mention the week old thread seen at Windows 8 usage over twice that of Windows 7 beta

    This latest CW article only goes to further show how well the reactions are to the upcoming new version of Windows as far as interest. Since 7 has been out now for 2 1/2yrs. more and more are finally moving up to 7 including businesses that may turn around and frown at 8. This one is bound to generate some large varieties of mixed opinions for sure!
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    I think the main problem is that most people are perfectly happy with Windows 7. That, and Windows 8 is generally unliked by the professional/enthusiast crowd, which is the people that actually download Windows previews.

    the general public, who are sometimes not even aware of the existence of the registry, may absolutely love Windows 8. Except for those who absolutely hate the slightest change, no matter how much better.

    Microsoft does need to have a mandatory (or at least hard-to-skip) first-run tutorial that covers basic gestures and shortcuts.
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    The initial reactions by the Pro/business orientated crowds would be the need to buy new hardwares namely touchscreen displays over simply upgrading to the next new version once they were ready for it. Just getting them to upgrade from XP to 7 has been much slower then for the typical home user novice or geek or somewhere in between.

    Vista hit the biggest slump when MS understated the minimum system requirements that were actually needed stating things like 512mb of ram minimum when actually 2gb was even better for XP to see the older smaller version run better. For 8 the change of gui is the first thing you see over the option for two types of main desktop.

    The other thing as you mentioned people being happy with 7 just happens to be another factor to consider that they are not or would be interested in jumping into the next version that comes along just because it does. The gadget lovers are certainly among those that will be taking a serious look at 8 once out in retail and likely be awed by touchscreen over those would want to remain with a traditional desktop whether Classic or Aero.
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    The problem here, Folks, is that killing off Windows 7 is gong to be even more difficult than killing off Windows XP. 7 has to compete with one good Windows OS. 8 will have to compete with two.
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