Windows 8 proving less popular than Vista | KitGuruData from Net Applications shows that Windows 8 is less popular than Windows Vista, the operating system that proved unpopular with the enthusiast audience.
Windows 8 usage uptake has slipped behind Vista’s in the same point in its release. Windows 8 online usage share is around 1.6% of all Windows PC’s which is less than the 2.2% share that Windows Vista commanded at the same two month mark after release.
Net Applications monitor operating system usage by recording OS version for around 40,000 sites it monitors for clients.
The slowdown for Windows 8 adoption is a bad sign for Microsoft who experienced great success with the release of Windows 7.
Data was measured up to the 22nd of December, so there is still time by the end of the month for Windows 8 to claim a higher percentage of the user base.
This data reaffirms previous statistics posted by organisations such as the NPD group. They said in the four weeks surrounding Windows 8 Oct 26 debut that 21% fewer PCs were sold to U.S. consumers than during the same period in 2011.
The New York Times have also said that U.S. consumer sales of Windows machines from late October through to the first week of December are down 13% compared to the same period a year previous.
Kitguru says: Our own polls show that the majority of the enthusiast audience are sticking with Windows 7.
^ Windows 8 is already more popular than Linux.
Acer president defends Windows 8, says consumers just need time to get used to it « BGR
Dell CEO: "The interest in Windows 8 is quite high" < NeowinWindows 8 has taken potshots from MIT professors and drunk people alike, but at least one Microsoft (MSFT) OEM thinks such criticism is largely overblown. In an interview with Digitimes, Acer (2353) president Jim Wong said that Windows 8 is actually a very good operating system that consumers will adapt to it given enough time.
“Windows 8 is a major milestone for 2012, but it is also a new system that consumers must learn and the learning process will prevent the operating system from taking off quickly,” Wong told Digitimes. “However, many of the concerns and criticisms concerning Windows 8 have been rather unfair.”
In particular, Wong praised Microsoft for taking risks and being boldly innovative with its new operating system, which he said smartly integrates touchscreen capabilities with traditional PC functionality. Wong also pointed to Acer internal research showing “that a consumer, after controlling a touchscreen product for more than 20 minutes, would want to use his or her fingers to touch any display he or she sees.”
All of this leads Wong to believe that “touchscreen control is an irreversible trend” that “will be a strong selling point” despite needing "more time to take off."
We have been getting mixed signals about sales of Windows 8 PCs, but the head of one of the world's biggest PC makers claims that Microsoft's latest OS is doing pretty well.
Michael Dell, the founder and CEO of Dell, spoke today as part of the company's annual Dell World conference in Austin, Texas. Bloomberg reports that, according to Dell, "The interest in Windows 8 is quite high, even among commercial customers ...". Dell has released a number of PCs, laptops and convertibles that were made specifically for Windows 8, such as the XPS 12 notebook, shown above. However, Dell did not give any specifics on its own Windows 8 PC sales.
As far as the overall PC market, which has seen better days, Dell seems confident that the industry will stay strong, saying, "PCs are still how business gets done." In an interview earlier today on the CNBC cable TV channel, Dell also predicted that Windows 8 would keep growing in the months to come. He stated: "With Windows 8 we are quite excited about the future of the PC. There are billion and a half PCs out there, and we believe there’s an upgrade cycle coming.”
Microsoft has already said that the pace of Windows 8 PC upgrades are outdoing that set for Windows 7 so far, but has given no specific upgrade sales numbers.
I have had it installed for fortnight now, it has some silly issues where M$ has failed imo, installation being one in that it requires the enabling of my onboard graphics card to actually boot up the geforce one I have installed here, to then disable it in windows and configure around the screens when its installed.
The start menu change to begin with was horrific and tiresome, but now a month in, I am finding it no different really, I am mainly in the desktop on it for the majority of the time, I like logging onto the machine by pin here and there are a lot of features I like in 8 - auto mounting of ISO/dmg files I like, inbuilt hyper-v is good as well, bitlocker being a normal part of the pro version.
Its different but works well after the initial changes, but it is very frustrating compared to what was the norm from 95 to windows 7 with the start menu when you first use it.
With regards to the usability issues and following a question I posted here on edugeek where the feedback was to stick to win7 , I discussed these issues with our senior leadership team at the end of the last term. I provided slt a couple of sample systems and detailed the issues. I gave the SLT a couple of basic things to do eg shut the machine down, launch sims, get to their H drive etc.
We were told - in no uncertain terms - that were not to deploy win8 because there will be too many staff training issues. We devised a 5 yr plan based on win7 with some Linux PCs.
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