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Windows 8 proving less popular than Vista

NettiWelho (1147351) writes | about 2 years ago

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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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Too soon... (1)

garrettg84 (1826802) | about 2 years ago | (#42433285)

Microsoft should just slow down their release schedule and invest a little more time in development.

Three years between releases (1)

tuppe666 (904118) | about 2 years ago | (#42433525)

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 criticised for frequent releases, although personally I like the idea of features getting rolled out faster...Although if I has to pay for he releases I might feel different.

Re:Three years between releases (1)

garrettg84 (1826802) | about 2 years ago | (#42434263)

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.

Re:Three years between releases (1)

Billly Gates (198444) | about 2 years ago | (#42434981)

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"T HEAR YOU! THen sometimes go off on a tangent how stupid kids do not understand corporate needs etc.

Geeks, webmasters, bean counters, and IT do care. We are seeing stagnation and it is a debate as Google is trying to use HTML 5 in Google docs and wonders why these corps are switching to Office 365 which still supports IE 8.

I think it is time to upgrade on a 5 year release cycle. XP is simply too old and a burden on everyone but the CFO in these offices. It is why I can't get good scrolling on a PC where I can on my phone. It is also why we do not see pretty iphone like effects on websites (IE 8 and earlier support). Even IE 9 which is approaching 2 years is showing age. 10 years is too long and 3 year release cycles for browsers should be hte new norm.

Re:Three years between releases (1)

garrettg84 (1826802) | about 2 years ago | (#42434507)

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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