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More Than 3 Out of 4 Enthusiasts Reject Windows 8

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Christo [PCD]
Wed Jan 23 2013, 09:39am
Christo [PCD] Main Admin Registered Member #1 Joined: Fri Feb 03 2006, 10:48am
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Notably, more than half of gamers who DO pick the embattled OS downgrade within weeks

Arguably the most important, but relatively underdiscussed single story at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show can be expressed in a single word -- "solidarity". Whether it was Intel Corp. (INTC) pushing customers towards touch-friendly devices or companies like Hewlett-Packard Comp. (HPQ) and Lenovo Group, Ltd. (HKG:0992) pushing Windows 8 hybrids/laptop designs, everyone was standing firmly behind Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) embattled Windows 8 operating system.

With past releases Microsoft was blasted for not being innovative enough compared to Linux and OS X, in terms of user interface design. Windows 8 flips the tables innovating wildly -- well beyond what Linux distro makers or Apple, Inc. (AAPL) have dared do. And now the equation has flipped: Microsoft finds itself under attack for innovating too much.

Whether its DailyTech's readers or online critics, it's important to recognize that much of the criticism is coming from the enthusiast sphere. Average consumers -- who generally gravitate towards bright, colorful, touchable devices like moths to a light -- tend to react more kindly to Windows 8 when exposed, at least in my anecdotal experience.

But the numbers are troubling. Despite Microsoft playing an interesting licensing sales game selling a deluge of licenses to OEMs at a rate that would indicate Windows 8 to be outselling Windows 7, the usage numbers indicate that OEMs are only moving a fraction of those licenses. Windows 8 is only drawing around a tenth of the internet traffic Windows 7 did at a similar point in the adoption cycle; in fact Windows 8 trails Windows Vista in internet traffic.

For obvious reasons I won't name the particular company I heard this from, but during a discussion this week with a company who makes enthusiast laptops and desktops for gamers I heard a somewhat interesting and startling statistic that drives home just how much Windows 8 is indeed struggling.

According to the the source:

It's really interesting... what we see is more people selecting Windows 7 [than Windows 8]... because we offer both side by side. And we actually see more people switching [back] from Windows 8 [to Windows 7] which is interesting.

The source said that over half of the purchasers of enthusiast PCs who do take the Windows 8 drive tend to bail within a couple weeks.

Now bear in mind a couple of qualifiers:

Not all the enthusiasts desktops/laptops sold by this company come with touch monitors (hence limiting the Windows 8 UI).
The target audience is enthusiasts, who as mentioned tend to "hate on 8".

Still, the idea that 3 out of every 4 buyers of new machines are rejecting Windows 8 should be a startling one for Microsoft. Microsoft should be very thankful for the solidarity shown by its partners at CES 2013, in the face of that kind of sales trend.


Less than half oif enthusiasts give Windows 8 a try, and over half that do downgrade to
Windows 7 quickly, according to an industry source. [Image Source: Reuters]


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cAz
Thu Jan 24 2013, 03:13pm
cAz Registered Member #167 Joined: Wed Jun 21 2006, 10:49am
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personally i like the boldness and pushing a product , i have windows 8 , yeah it takes time to adjust but so was win 98 to vista etc etc .. time moves on maybe folks should too.
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Siversmith[PCD]
Mon Jan 28 2013, 08:16am
Siversmith[PCD] Admin Registered Member #7 Joined: Fri Feb 03 2006, 04:29pm
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I am not sure about Win 8. I haven't really made up my mind about it yet.
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Morgue[FLB]
Mon Jan 28 2013, 08:24am
Morgue[FLB] Admin Registered Member #59 Joined: Wed Mar 08 2006, 11:21am
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Win8 is a pain until you grasp the concept ('using the keyboard is faster than using the mouse').

Then it works just fine. But it helps to have a touch-enabled device. For desktops, the "Start Page" is somewhat superfluous.
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cAz
Fri Feb 01 2013, 10:42am
cAz Registered Member #167 Joined: Wed Jun 21 2006, 10:49am
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Morgue[FLB wrote ...
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Win8 is a pain until you grasp the concept ('using the keyboard is faster than using the mouse').

Then it works just fine. But it helps to have a touch-enabled device. For desktops, the "Start Page" is somewhat superfluous.


in a way i agree the start up desktop is useless , but is handy especially for apps etc, everything is so centered around apps now , so for me going to amazon , ebay and such is quicker than having to go to chrome go to favorites click on amazon etc etc etc ... pros and cons either way , personally i like it for me as sometimes i dont have the time to go through all of that and i need to see something quickly .
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Hawk
Thu Feb 28 2013, 06:03pm
Hawk Registered Member #217 Joined: Mon Sep 18 2006, 04:12pm
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I have Win8, disabled the metro interface and use it exactly like I used win7. Don't see what the issue is...
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cAz
Thu Mar 07 2013, 01:28pm
cAz Registered Member #167 Joined: Wed Jun 21 2006, 10:49am
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Hawk wrote ...

I have Win8, disabled the metro interface and use it exactly like I used win7. Don't see what the issue is...


i seriously need to spend more time on my laptop at the moment it stacked under a pile of books . how do you disable metro for interests sake ?
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Hawk
Mon Mar 11 2013, 08:43pm
Hawk Registered Member #217 Joined: Mon Sep 18 2006, 04:12pm
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You don't really disable it. It's more hiding it away and you install another start menu.

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