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Windows 8 has a market share of a dissapointing 2.26 percent

Posted 01 February 2013 13:05 CET by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Windows 8 reached a market share of 2.26%  after it was officially launched three months ago. In January the market share for Windows 7 went down for the first time. The information comes from statistics compiled by Net Applications. The growth in the number of installations of Windows 8 is slow.

Microsoft’s latest operating system was released on the 26th of October and in that month Windows 8 accounted for 0.41%. In November it went up to 1.09% and in December to 1.72%.

In January more growth was expected as more new Windows 8 PCs were released. For now the expected growth hasn’t yet been achieved and the month saw a decline in market share for Windows 7. It’s the first time after the launch of Windows 7 that its market share dropped,  it went down from 45.11%  to 44.48%.

The decline in market share of Windows 7 was confirmed by another company measuring operating system market shares, Statcounter, who didn’t reveal percentages. All versions of Windows combined are good for 91.7% of the market, Mac own 7.08% of the market and Linux 1.21%.

Since the launch of Windows 8 there are regular reports that sales are disappointing. Manufacturers and analysts argue that not many new PCs are sold.  Nevertheless recent quarterly figures from Microsoft report that 60 million licenses have been sold. This is almost equal to the amount of licenses sold of the successful Windows 7  in the same time frame.

Which percentage of the 60 million licenses are an update to an existing Windows PC and which percentage is of new computers has not been disclosed.

DukeNukem
MyCE Resident Commenter
Posted on: 01 Feb 13 14:41
Windows 8 is a bust for most. Just stating a fact. Microsoft put two OSes into one big mess. I think if Microsoft had just separated them, one for tablets (touch) and one for PCs, then the feedback and acceptance would have been more dramatic. I'm sticking with Windows 7 Ultimate for the next few years. Sorry, Microsoft... no soup for you.
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Zod
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 01 Feb 13 15:28
I agree. Microsoft could of left metro optional in the OS (they had it as optional on previous test versions). Then Metro could of been used on touchscreen/portable devices and the desktop on keyboard/mouse devices.

I think they misfired. The alienated their bread and butter to take a shot a sector (portable devices) that they hadn't shown strong in.

A winning company would of catered to both so that everyone was happy.
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UTR
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 01 Feb 13 15:44
Heck, a lot of this mess could have been avoided if they would have included a Start Menu and reversion to Windows 7 desktop option in Windows 8.
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DrDuty411
MyCE Rookie
Posted on: 01 Feb 13 15:51
I've got WinXP on Desktop PC and Win7 On my new Laptop but I use my PC more then my laptop which has Win7 don't get me wrong Win7 is ok but I still love WinXP and don't think I'll make the move on my desktop to Win7 just yet as for Win8 I'm not thrilled I tested and it sucks.
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coolcolors
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 01 Feb 13 16:39
Quote:
Originally Posted by DrDuty411
I've got WinXP on Desktop PC and Win7 On my new Laptop but I use my PC more then my laptop which has Win7 don't get me wrong Win7 is ok but I still love WinXP and don't think I'll make the move on my desktop to Win7 just yet as for Win8 I'm not thrilled I tested and it sucks.
I can tell ya the hackers love you for your decision as well. Whether or not you go W7 is no concern to us but you should consider your browser and internet security as the reason to use a more secure O/S that still has support for it. W7 main good point is to be able to separate Admin from Users unlike XP in which all users are Admin and cause XP Admin problem you can gurantee that will make your XP wide open to security problems. As in W7 admin can be pswd separate and anything a user account causes is on their own account and can be wiped out preventing problem migrating to the Admin account. That the biggest benefit user accounts go bad wipe it out and Admin is safe for XP admin and user account is tied same privileges one has problem so does the other one. That the biggest security flaw in XP and trust me hackers most likely will target those using XP just for this security flaw. You might say they will never get me and then I will say how do you know that-they set so many traps and you will never see them since they compromised XP security on you system already.
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coolcolors
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 01 Feb 13 16:40
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zod
I agree. Microsoft could of left metro optional in the OS (they had it as optional on previous test versions). Then Metro could of been used on touchscreen/portable devices and the desktop on keyboard/mouse devices.

I think they misfired. The alienated their bread and butter to take a shot a sector (portable devices) that they hadn't shown strong in.

A winning company would of catered to both so that everyone was happy.

Nah, I call this "FOOT IN MOUTH" disease...where profit was taken ahead of real fixes and a O/S that would work for Tablet and Desktop/Laptop. It's all about GREED and making the most money you can for your share holders without any concerns about the consumers.
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UTR
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 01 Feb 13 16:48
I think it is more about a company that is so arrogant that it thinks it can dictate what a customer should accept in an OS and not the reverse. Windows 8 was an exercise in MS thinking it can manipulate its user base to increase market share in the phone/tablet arena. It should have been an exercise in providing its users with what they wanted and/or needed.
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olyteddy
Senior Moderator
Posted on: 01 Feb 13 17:55
Quote:
Originally Posted by UTR
I think it is more about a company that is so arrogant that it thinks it can dictate what a customer should accept in an OS and not the reverse. Windows 8 was an exercise in MS thinking it can manipulate its user base to increase market share in the phone/tablet arena. It should have been an exercise in providing its users with what they wanted and/or needed.
Then how do you explain the huge success of iOS devices? (iMac, iPod, iPhone, Ipad, iDiot...etc...)?
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CharmedonWB
MyCE Member
Posted on: 01 Feb 13 19:23
Windows 8 is a much better OS than W7. There seems to be a lot of griping about the Start Screen; I do not particularly understand why. For me it is so much more efficient than using the Start menu. W8 is far more resource friendly and multi tasking friendly than its predecessor.
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aka74
MyCE Member
Posted on: 01 Feb 13 20:41
I've a friend who bought a new PC recently and hence ought to use Win7 instead of his beloved XP (problems with hardware support I guess).
He set up Win7 then, made it look more like XP; ended complaining about “Start menu being too small”.

At first I thought about cracking a joke about moving to Win8 but reminded myself that he has also been whining about 8's Start Screen being too big.

So what do people want?

Quote:
Then how do you explain the huge success of iOS devices? (iMac, iPod, iPhone, Ipad, iDiot...etc...)?
Yea, I'm interested too, why?
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DukeNukem
MyCE Resident Commenter
Posted on: 01 Feb 13 20:42
Quote:
Originally Posted by DrDuty411
I've got WinXP on Desktop PC and Win7 On my new Laptop but I use my PC more then my laptop which has Win7 don't get me wrong Win7 is ok but I still love WinXP and don't think I'll make the move on my desktop to Win7 just yet as for Win8 I'm not thrilled I tested and it sucks.
It's called punctuation. You should give it a try sometime.
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UTR
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 01 Feb 13 21:44
Quote:
Originally Posted by olyteddy
Then how do you explain the huge success of iOS devices? (iMac, iPod, iPhone, Ipad, iDiot...etc...)?
Apple anticipates, and gives, what their customers want. They are masters at marketing and explaining why they do certain things.

MS thinks of what it wants and then tries to use lies and deciet to get people to live with it. MS wanted to force feed a horrible UI for a desktop computer in an effort to get more market share in the phone and tablet market. Well, their greed and lack of concern for their customer's needs is going to give them a HUGE attitude adjustment. In the past MS could do this and not suffer much from doing it. Today's world isn't the same and people have options and are getting more of them as time passes.

I am no Apple fanboy but they would never make such an ignorant mistake that MS did with Windows 8/RT.
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UTR
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 01 Feb 13 21:51
Quote:
Originally Posted by CharmedonWB
Windows 8 is a much better OS than W7. There seems to be a lot of griping about the Start Screen; I do not particularly understand why. For me it is so much more efficient than using the Start menu. W8 is far more resource friendly and multi tasking friendly than its predecessor.
Why didn't MS give the user an option to keep the Windows 7 IU? All those things you mention about resources etc. is not depend on the UI. Why did MS feel the need to ram Metro up the a$$ of every desktop user? Think about that and get back to me with a plausible answer.
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ChristineBCW
MyCE Die Hard
Posted on: 01 Feb 13 21:55
Quote:
Originally Posted by aka74
...Yea, I'm interested too, why?
Maybe it's the illusion of belonging while never doing any productive work. Simply paying out, receiving a share of the illusion and paying more to continue.

I've still never seen a programmer complete a Smart i-Apps on one of those devices. They always return to a Real Computer.

This will deliver a greater wall between the Have's and Have-Not's, as well as the Do'ers and the Watchers.

There's a disappointing level of neediness or worthlessness that's being expressed in those.
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CharmedonWB
MyCE Member
Posted on: 02 Feb 13 00:05
Quote:
Originally Posted by UTR
Why didn't MS give the user an option to keep the Windows 7 IU? All those things you mention about resources etc. is not depend on the UI. Why did MS feel the need to ram Metro up the a$$ of every desktop user? Think about that and get back to me with a plausible answer.
Why don't you think first about not being an @ss. I merely mentioned that I happened to like the operating system the way it is--and I can care less why Microsoft did not give you an option to customize Windows 8 to your liking.
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Zod
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 02 Feb 13 01:00
Quote:
Originally Posted by CharmedonWB
Why don't you think first about not being an @ss. I merely mentioned that I happened to like the operating system the way it is--and I can care less why Microsoft did not give you an option to customize Windows 8 to your liking.
no. but this thread is about low adoption of windows 8 and why. It turns out theres alot of people who don't like the hybrid interface of windows 8.

no one is really argueing that windows 8 doesn't have a good engine, all the arguments are that the interface is inferior for those using keyboards and mice.

I have a decent machine (almost two years old. i7 2700k) and when I tried the win8 RC it was marginally better.. barely though (maybe its more pronounced on slower systems). The difference wasn't nearly enough to convince me to swtich.

I would of had they left metro optional.
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UTR
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 02 Feb 13 02:59
Quote:
Originally Posted by CharmedonWB
and I can care less why Microsoft did not give you an option to customize Windows 8 to your liking.
Neither did MS and it is biting them in the a$$ right now.
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debro
Blown to smitherines
Posted on: 02 Feb 13 05:08
Quote:
Originally Posted by coolcolors
I can tell ya the hackers love you for your decision as well. Whether or not you go W7 is no concern to us but you should consider your browser and internet security as the reason to use a more secure O/S that still has support for it. W7 main good point is to be able to separate Admin from Users unlike XP in which all users are Admin and cause XP Admin problem you can gurantee that will make your XP wide open to security problems. As in W7 admin can be pswd separate and anything a user account causes is on their own account and can be wiped out preventing problem migrating to the Admin account. That the biggest benefit user accounts go bad wipe it out and Admin is safe for XP admin and user account is tied same privileges one has problem so does the other one. That the biggest security flaw in XP and trust me hackers most likely will target those using XP just for this security flaw. You might say they will never get me and then I will say how do you know that-they set so many traps and you will never see them since they compromised XP security on you system already.
Not sure what you are getting at. Admin & standard user accounts have been available since Windows NT4. Windows XP is based on Win2000, which is based on Win NT4.

I have my parents on a limited user account, because my father has a tendency to click ok, ok, ok, ok to everything, without reading the popup message, and that's win xp. If they need this install any programs, a popup demands an admin account name and password to continue.

It stops *most* problems.

There' s not much I can do about him unplugging every power, phone, network, usb and video cable and then not knowing where everything goes . Rotflmao.
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CharmedonWB
MyCE Member
Posted on: 02 Feb 13 06:52
Quote:
Originally Posted by UTR
Neither did MS and it is biting them in the a$$ right now.
They had the same low adoption rate in Vista and at the time I heard the same doom and gloom nonsense that I am hearing now. I do not see Microsoft struggling do you? Microsoft took a chance and perhaps it is not panning out currently but they can learn from this and improve in the future iteration. People whine that MS does not innovate and when it does there is more whining to be done.
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yojimbo197
MyCE Senior Member
Posted on: 02 Feb 13 06:59
Again, you are missing the point. Inventing something new that the majority of people.do not use at all seems pointless. i have never needed that ribbon in excel nor all the web sharing icons in the office 2010. What i do need is a way to copy multiple files, especially big ones much faster. As of W7 that still hasnt been addressed adequately.
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hlse
New Member
Posted on: 02 Feb 13 12:51
Here's the easy way out if you don't like Win 8.
Looks and interface like Win7.
http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/software-and-web-apps/how-to-make-windows-8-look-like-windows-7-50009546/
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DrDuty411
MyCE Rookie
Posted on: 02 Feb 13 16:52
Quote:
Originally Posted by debro
Not sure what you are getting at. Admin & standard user accounts have been available since Windows NT4. Windows XP is based on Win2000, which is based on Win NT4.

I have my parents on a limited user account, because my father has a tendency to click ok, ok, ok, ok to everything, without reading the popup message, and that's win xp. If they need this install any programs, a popup demands an admin account name and password to continue.

It stops *most* problems.

There' s not much I can do about him unplugging every power, phone, network, usb and video cable and then not knowing where everything goes . Rotflmao.
No idea what he is getting at either as If I was a newbie and didn't know about security lol he clearly has no idea of my background, also I can say I only was ever compromised twice running XP since it's release so I can't be doing that bad.
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coolcolors
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 03 Feb 13 22:04
Quote:
Originally Posted by DrDuty411
No idea what he is getting at either as If I was a newbie and didn't know about security lol he clearly has no idea of my background, also I can say I only was ever compromised twice running XP since it's release so I can't be doing that bad.
Well I have no idea nor do I care about your background. Obviously your reply show you don't know about security already. Since you talked about XP that has no relevance to the discussion about the new security and upgrade. I am giving you a learning curve to improve on your vocabulary.
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coolcolors
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 03 Feb 13 22:05
Quote:
Originally Posted by debro
Not sure what you are getting at. Admin & standard user accounts have been available since Windows NT4. Windows XP is based on Win2000, which is based on Win NT4.

I have my parents on a limited user account, because my father has a tendency to click ok, ok, ok, ok to everything, without reading the popup message, and that's win xp. If they need this install any programs, a popup demands an admin account name and password to continue.

It stops *most* problems.

There' s not much I can do about him unplugging every power, phone, network, usb and video cable and then not knowing where everything goes . Rotflmao.
Do you even know whom I was addressing this to? Not so from your reply. Before jumping into a reply to another poster don't....
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UTR
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 04 Feb 13 00:13
Quote:
Originally Posted by hlse
Here's the easy way out if you don't like Win 8.
Looks and interface like Win7.
http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/software-a...ws-7-50009546/
You just highlighted the problem for MS. If computer users have to jump through hoops to revert W8 to look, and function, like W7 then why buy W8 and upgrade. It appears that people are so frustrated with W8 on the devices they have bought that many are returning them. This issue for MS is like a snowball rolling downhill. It will keep getting bigger and bigger and the word on the street will get more and more negative regarding W8 and RT. It will reach a point where many people won't buy it or devices that have it just because they are hearing it from people they personally know telling them to avoid it. W8 is more DOA than Vista ever was, IMO.

Besides, most people don't have the computer knowledge to do these tweaks. They expect to buy a computing device and feel comfortable using it right out of the box. Especially when moving from one OS to its next version. MS has failed them in this regard and the backlash is going to be quite severe. IMO, the best thing MS can do is release an update that allows the user to revert to the W7 interface and they should do it right now.
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CharmedonWB
MyCE Member
Posted on: 04 Feb 13 07:19
That is because a lot of people are listening to the moaning and b&tching of others rather than trying it out for themselves and making their own opinion. I know a decent amount of people who previously berated the Modern UI and now actually prefer it to the lame start menu. I use this on a PC with a mouse and keyboard and I find it far more intuitive than any previous Windows OS.
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whatever_gong82
MyCE Member
Posted on: 04 Feb 13 16:57
Here's another way to bring back the start menu for Windows 8 if you like:

http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/
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coolcolors
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 04 Feb 13 17:17
Quote:
Originally Posted by whatever_gong82
Here's another way to bring back the start menu for Windows 8 if you like:

http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/
That only works until M$ release a hotfix or security and it wipes clean the stardock module. M$ might not yet kill stardock yet but you can be sure they will with security update kill the stardock. They don't like you messing with their O/S.
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coolcolors
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 04 Feb 13 17:18
Quote:
Originally Posted by CharmedonWB
That is because a lot of people are listening to the moaning and b&tching of others rather than trying it out for themselves and making their own opinion. I know a decent amount of people who previously berated the Modern UI and now actually prefer it to the lame start menu. I use this on a PC with a mouse and keyboard and I find it far more intuitive than any previous Windows OS.
I highly doubt that claim... that metro isn't made for keyboard/mouse setup but a tablet setup. And all those tweaks you do will be wipe clean by M$ updates when they find and catchup to removing those tweaks.
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coolcolors
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 04 Feb 13 17:20
Quote:
Originally Posted by UTR
Besides, most people don't have the computer knowledge to do these tweaks. They expect to buy a computing device and feel comfortable using it right out of the box. Especially when moving from one OS to its next version. MS has failed them in this regard and the backlash is going to be quite severe. IMO, the best thing MS can do is release an update that allows the user to revert to the W7 interface and they should do it right now.
That's the real consumers they aren't like those of us here that can tweak and take real time to do the changes they like to get it out of the box and start using right away. Not fume over trying to even get started.
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