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Monday, November 26, 2012

Windows 8 sales on the slow side

Posted by David Bernstein

As with every new operating system release you have to wonder if it’s going to be a smash or a bust and sometimes is right in between. With the latest operating system offering from Microsoft now officially in full swing only time will tell if we will have another Vista or ME on our hands.

Windows 8 was released in October and people are already wondering if it will catch on and be the next big OS or not. But so far, everywhere you look sales have been a little disappointing and below estimates. The interest in Windows 8 at the enterprise level is only half that of Windows 7 during the same period in the operating systems' release cycles. Right before the release of Windows 7, 49% of North American and European IT hardware purchasers were interested in the new version of the OS. Just before the release of Windows 8, only 24% were interested.

It seems that the best chance Windows 8 has for success is going to be in the smartphone and tablet market from new smartphone users or from current users who are not happy with Apple or Android and want something different. With its new interface being applied to PCs it may be real hard to get people to “upgrade” to Windows 8 and have to learn how to use their computer again.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Consumers taking their time upgrading to Windows 8

Posted by Jim Bernstein

It seems that Windows 7 just recently got here but in fact it has been out since July of 2009 and Microsoft is wanting us to upgrade again even though we are just now getting used to our Windows 7 PCs. And most people are happy with their Windows 7 PCs and don’t like spending the time and money to upgrade already.

Well it seems as though most Windows users don’t have any immediate plans to upgrade to Windows 8 any time soon and in fact the latest Microsoft operating system is not getting the warm response Microsoft has hoped for. Windows 8 is designed to run on smartphones, tablets and PCs and shares the same interface between them which may be why many don’t want to upgrade. The new interface is drastically different than Windows 7 even though there are still some familiarities such as the Windows desktop and taskbar.

Antivirus firm Avast did a survey showing the less than stellar response to Windows 8 shown by the people surveyed. 6 out of 10 people surveyed were aware of the new Windows OS but only 9% said they would speed up the process to buy a new computer just to have Windows 8 and 70% decided to stick with what they had. In fact, many corporations are still rolling out Windows 7 to replace Windows XP computers in the office and other people in the survey said they will be switching to a Mac.