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+ - Windows 8 proving less popular than Vista-> 5

Submitted by NettiWelho
NettiWelho (1147351) writes "Data 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."

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Windows 8 proving less popular than Vista

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  • Microsoft should just slow down their release schedule and invest a little more time in development.
    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_Microsoft_Windows [wikipedia.org] Vista (2006) Windows 7 (2009) Window 8 (2012) so one version every three years. That does not sound like an unrealistic timeframe, Vista perhaps was premature...but it was also very very late. They are moving to a new schedule [maybe] http://tech.slashdot.org/story/12/11/28/1857220/windows-blue-microsofts-plan-to-release-a-new-version-of-windows-every-year [slashdot.org] which companies hate and is bad for the image...Similar projects Like Firefox have been much

      • Nobody cares about Microsoft's release schedules, and XP had 5 years of un-touched release time which you appear to have omitted. There are still millions of people happily chugging along with Windows XP. Just because Microsoft decides to speed up their release schedule does not actually mean it is a good thing or useful to anyone but their own corporate profits. What features in the newer versions of Windows is it that you just can't live without? The only interface of concern for every normal computer us
        • Nobody cares about Microsoft's release schedules, and XP had 5 years of un-touched release time which you appear to have omitted. There are still millions of people happily chugging along with Windows XP. Just because Microsoft decides to speed up their release schedule does not actually mean it is a good thing or useful to anyone but their own corporate profits.

          What features in the newer versions of Windows is it that you just can't live without? The only interface of concern for every normal computer user (not the slashdot crowd or extreme gamer enthusiast) is their web browser. Nothing else.

          I will go ahead and restate it, Microsoft should just slow down their release schedule and invest a little more time in development.

          Ok where do you draw the line?

          There are some on slashdot who even use Windows 8 because they do not want to be left behind and laugh at everyone else as middle aged men who hate change and want to live in the past.

          On the other hand there are those who still run XP and IE 6 and get pissed off when webmasters wont cater to their whims anymore. When told it is insecure, wastes money in lower productivity and associated hidden costs, is about to go EOL, they put their fingers in their ears and go Na NA na I CAN

      • I'll also add, most people don't buy computers that often (once every 4-5 years from some quick google searching). I don't know a single person besides myself and other administrative folks that have ever purchased an OS upgrade or purchased an OS outright with the purposes of replacing an existing OS. People use the OS that came on their computer when they bought it. A yearly cycle, even a three year cycle is just stupid fast for what consumers are doing.

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