Skip to comments.CES 2013: Industry Source -- More Than 3 Out of 4 Enthusiasts Reject Windows 8
Posted on 01/12/2013 9:06:53 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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.
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.
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]
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:
It is past time for me to upgrade though and I'll probably take them up on the 8 offer but get 7 as well so I'm covered.
Windows 8 = beta test for Windows 9. Windows 9 will be better.
Windows me, Vista, and now Windows 8. Notice the every other Windows version is bad.
Why bother fixing what is not broken. Development should focus on OS integrity rather than just producing new operating systems for the sake of it.
XP is great. Why upgrade? Upgrading can be a painful process.
If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.
Just my 2 cents.
From what I’ve heard about it I don’t want it.
W98 worked great for me too. Stuck with it until newer programs/hardware wouldn’t run on it. Don’t want to be in that boat again.
XP will no longer be supported next year. That means all security patches, hot fixes and updates will no longer be available. Plus, the worldwide hacker community have had 12 years now to learn to exploit XP—and the security of a year 2001 designed operating system just isn’t safe anymore.
And before we condemn Microsoft for dropping support, do realize it costs a ton of money to keep good programmers working on XP code when they’d be better used staffing newer models.
All good things must come to an end.
Finally, the PC has been a real success story—almost legendary when you think about how much it has changed the world; yet, even it will be replaced. In my opinion, the tablet/smart phone has not; rather they suplement the PC world, but nevertheless, something different will arise. What? I don’t know, but it will.
A huge can of worms in trying to upgrade an old PC. Especially, if it isn't necessary.
Most of the computers at work are running XP, too. We'll probably continue to run XP.
Depends on what you do. If you are running the latest and greatest software, then you’ll have to upgrade eventually.
New games, etc. drive the need to upgrade.
Bought a new Dell desktop this month. With Windows 7. It’s a great OS and I’m familiar with it. Much better user interface, at least for non-touch screen use.
Purely anecdotal, but one of my secretaries mentioned just yesterday that she bought a new home PC a short time ago and decided to go with the “new Windows 8” for the “new PC”.
She’s now thoroughly PO’ed. Annoying user interface, data loss, etc. I just had to laugh (in a caring, your-boss-sympathizes way, of course...)
As for myself, Win XP still does everything I need it to do at the firm and at home. Our firm is a small one at 20 people or so altogether, so we don’t have ‘corporate’ size IP issues that would absolutely require always having the latest OS. Even moving most of our workplaces to Win 7 was a waste of time and money IMO.
Amen. Hated Vista. Very happy with 7. Very skeptical about 8.
And I can see Photos just fine.
And Oracle's JAVA is now even worse apparently.
Take a look at the various Linux distros....for serious internet browsing....
Why have a computer with personal data accessible to the INTERNET....when there are other choices,.?
I will be upgrading my XP desktop to Win 7 soon. I want to upgrade my motherboard and a few other things at the same time. The Win 7 on my laptop has won me over. I don’t have any use for Win 8, but the wife, kids and grandkids don’t seem to have a problem with it on the pad.
Dude, I teach Microsoft and Unix operating systems, servers, high-end networking, etc. to business customers. I started off teaching Unix (we were telneting into a single SunOS Sparc 20) while still in the USAF BEFORE Linux and BEFORE Windows NT. I got Linus Torvalds email and source code in 1994, and compiled my first Linux (terminal only mode box) on an old 486. When I retired from active duty I got my MCSE and moved to NT only because of our customer’s needs and wants. Since then everyone has gotten Windows Active Directory domains, Exchange mail servers, SharePoint sites, and every user machines is a Windows box running Windows apps, all history now.
I actually taught a Linux class last year for the first time in 10 years. I used Redhat Enterprise 3 and Fedora 16 and 17, Ubuntu and some older Free BCD because I still love it! Still, it is not what the business world wants and my money is in the business world.
And end users? You’ve got to be kidding! I can teach some IT people Unix/Linux, but most think it too hard. End users just want Microsoft because that’s what they grew up on. Heck, business customers don’t even want Apple, and that just works, as they say.
8 is horrid; if 9 is just more of the same MS will not see me “upgrade.”
40 years in computers and I still cannot type.
I have tried all of Microsoft’s Windows over the years and loved XP. Upgraded to Windows 7 two years ago and really like it. Then got a lap top a few weeks ago with Windows 8. I hate it!
My entry to UNIX was AIX,...after slugging it out with multiple upgrades for Customers moving from MFT, MVT to MVS on 360's and 3090's.
Mixed in some VM - 370's.
Business World has VERY DEFINITE requirements.
Windows is fine for most folks....till you connect to the INTERNET....then it is a new GAME.
Businesses can handle it.
The newer Linux distros ,...like Zorin,....have gone the extra mile and are friendlier to those who like the Windows style of GUI.
Got my Daughter and grandson set up with running it....no problem.
PDP 11-70 running DEC Ultrix circa 1976...
Initial boot load 3 on, 3 on, 3 on, first 2 on (7776) ;-)
Just like Star Trek movies with the original cast.
Running a Distro based on Fedora 18 ...out of Australia,...Kororaa....
Like the multiple workspaces for serious browsing,...cut and paste of news stories,....
Really runs smotthly with my AMD FX 8120,...8 Gbyte Ram and ASUS Sabertooth mobo.
Also have a Hot swap rack like this:
Installed in all my cases to enable quick switching while trying various distros....
But is was good.
is should be IT
Just downloaded PC-BSD yesterday,....I am gonna take a look at it.
“Why bother fixing what is not broken. Development should focus on OS integrity rather than just producing new operating systems for the sake of it.”
They are fixing what is broken from their viewpoint (not from the user’s).
The point of W8 is to totally lockdown the OS so that places like India and China can’t pirate it the way that they did with XP. And to create a walled garden where they can nickel and dime the users and developers to death just like smartphone walled gardens have been so successful at accomplishing.
I put Win8 on my son’s 3.5 y/o Dell, which he gave me for Christmas. The old desktop is still there, and some programs run both as apps and as programs. I have to decide how I want files to open, but once set, it is set. I get to God mode from the tiles, but it still does everything the same way. I need to download PDF reader as a program because I can’t print from the app.
Very happy with Ubuntu.
I got into a huge debate with coworkers about which was better: a PC or the current DEC system (at the time). That was in 1990. Ken Olsen was famous for saying that people wouldn’t want a PC. How wrong he was.
is should be IT
Depends on what the meaning of "is" is! :)
For those stuck with Win 8, and want that good old win 7 look back, Classic shell is what you want and it’s free.
Here is a Youtube video about classic shell.
I advise anyone considering to try Windows 8 to go for it.
The trick to surviving the transition is to install CLASSIC SHELL (free!), which takes you straight to desktop on boot and gives you a start menu. You never need to mess with the “metro” interface at all with this!
Just bought a new laptop with Win8 (no choice)
I was pulling my hair out one hour in. Told my wife I was taking it back.
Played with it some more and began to “get it” but it is still aggravating. Might still take it back.
Man, what a headache. Warning to others, if you plan to use the laptop touchpad instead of a mouse... be prepared to toss your new laptop out the window.
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