Microsoft Admits Poor Adoption Rate Of Windows 8

Windows 7 Vs Windows 8

                Windows 8 Problems

Windows 8 has been demonstrating a very poor show since its launch. The crippled operating system is neither appealing to new PC buyers nor existing Windows users. The latest trend among some of the corporate users is to downgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 7. In recent months, there are more Windows 7 Vs Windows 8 comparisons than Windows 8 Vs Windows 8.1 comparisons. Although it is said that Windows 8.1 is a brand new operating system with streamlined Windows 8 features, folks are reluctant to try their luck with it.

Windows 8 adoption is far behind Windows 7- Report

The tech giant itself has admitted that Windows 8 is far behind Windows 7 in terms of adoption rate. A recent report issued by Tami Reller, Microsoft marketing executive, during Goldman Sachs conference, indicated that Windows 8 could sell only 200 million licenses during the first 15 months after its launch. Meanwhile, Windows 7 sold more than 240 million licenses in less than one year after its launch. The contrast between the two operating systems in terms of demand is quite bigger that one would ever expect.

What makes Windows 7 better than Windows 8?

In fact, there are no better features in Windows 7 than Windows 8. Windows 8 has an attractive user interface called Metro UI, which features tiles for each applications, quite similar to how applications are arranged in a smartphone. Conversely, Windows 7 sports a traditional user interface. For people who are familiar with smartphones, Windows 8 looks pretty simple and easy to use.

Surface Tablets

             Windows 8 Adoption

Nevertheless, this wasn’t just what people were looking for. There is no much difference between Windows 8 and Windows 7. The major difference it has is the new appearance. But, people had high expectations about Windows 8. They thought Windows 8 would surprise them with new features, options and utilities.

The failure of Windows 8 lies in the fact that it has integrated only a few notable features against people’s expectation of numerous brand new features. Besides that, there is an increased tendency among people to make a Windows 7 Vs Windows 8 comparison before choosing between both operating systems.

Windows 8 has not only demonstrated a poor show on desktops but also on smartphones and new generation Surface tablets. The poor show of Windows 8 has also influenced the popularity of Windows 8.1 even though it is said to have addressed most Windows 8 problems.

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Top PC Manufacturer HP Favours Windows 7 Over Windows 8

Windows 7 Vs Windows 8

                              Window 7 Support

Although Microsoft has released a couple of successful devices like Surface tablets, people prefer to associate the company with software development rather than device manufacturing. Since its beginning, Microsoft has retained its goodwill as the biggest software developer in the world although the status has been debated over in recent times. It seems that latest software applications released from Microsoft aren’t bringing any positive feedbacks from customers or PC manufacturers. Reports suggest that top PC makers like HP aren’t welcoming the latest Windows operating systems. HP recently made it clear that it wouldn’t preinstall Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 in its latest laptop models. Instead, it would roll out Windows 7 powered laptops.

What may have made HP desist Windows 8.1 and favour Windows 7? If HP’s decision had come a few months ago, perhaps before the release of Windows 8.1 Update 2 or Windows 8.1, one could have assumed that it was because of the frequent Windows 8 problems. But, Microsoft has addressed all Windows 8 problems in Windows 8.1. It looks like a brand new operating system with fewer flaws and more features. Nevertheless, it is not up to the mark because it is still deprived of the Start menu and many traditional Windows features. Experts say that Windows 8.1 is still short of features. It has failed to appeal users.

HP prefers Windows 7 to Windows 8.1

Windows Threshold

                           Windows 8 Helpline

In a recent announcement, HP revealed that it was able to sell more Windows 7 powered PCs in the last financial year than Windows 8.1 powered PCs. According to the marketing department of HP, majority of the students and office staffs showed more interest in purchasing Windows 7 powered laptops. Although most of the HP’s sales outlets displayed both Windows 8.1 powered laptops and Windows 7 powered laptops, no one really cared about even looking at the features of Windows 8 laptops.

An HP spokesperson opined that people are prejudiced by the huge number of media reports about Windows 8 problems. So before they go to purchase a laptop, they try to make a Windows 7 Vs Windows 8 comparison. Unfortunately, all the Windows 7 Vs Windows 8 comparison reviews we happen to see online are in favour of Windows 7.

HP said that it would continue to favour Windows 7 laptops until a new Windows operating system outdoes it in terms of features, publicity and demand. Experts believe that Windows Threshold (Windows 9) might outdo Windows 7 because it is said to have integrated a lot of good features.

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Windows 8.1 And Windows 8 Market Share Increasing Slowly

Windows 7 Vs Windows 8

            Windows 7 OS

Are you planning to upgrade to Windows 8 OS from Windows 7? If yes, this article will help you know more on Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems. Both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are running on 13.37% of the PCs around the world as per the latest data by Net Applications. The month of August has ended and the folks from Net Market Share have evaluated the performance of the different operating systems that are now competing in the open market.

Let us start with the Windows 8.1 OS. It had 6.56% of the market share at the end of July and it bumped up its number to 7.09% as per the latest available data. The Windows 8 operating system has also shown some improvements. The market share of Windows 8 has increased from 5.92% to 6.28% from the previous month. Despite the improvements in sales of Windows 8.1 and Windows 8, Windows 7 is still the most dominating operating system in the world. Windows 7 OS has registered a drop of 0.01% but it still captures 51.21% of the total market share.

The OEM computers can also be held responsible for the monopoly of the Windows 7 operating system. Lately, Hewlett and Packard ditched Windows 8 computers to sell Windows 7 powered computers. The comparison of features and the minimum system requirements to install Windows 7 and 8 operating systems are posted in the Windows 7 vs Windows 8 page in the official Microsoft website.

Windows 8 operating system

             Windows 8 OS

Another important thing is that the Windows XP operating system remains a headache for Microsoft Corporation. Windows XP now holds 23.89% market share and only suffers a drop of 0.93% from the earlier month. Windows Vista is still running strong at 3.02% of the market share, with a very slight slid in the market share. At the other side of the pond, Linux has 1.67% of the market while Mac OSX 10.9 has 4.29% share. There is a little increment in the market share of Mac from last month.

If you wish to know more on the features and market share of Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems, you can refer to the Windows 7 vs Windows 8 page in the official Microsoft website. You can also contact the Microsoft tech support team to know more on these operating systems.

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Get Ready To Switch Operating Systems In Advance

Windows 7 Vs Windows 8

                Switching To Windows 8

Stephen Kleynhans, research vice president at Gartner Inc., the leading American information technology research and advisory firm believes users should learn a lesson from the demise of Windows XP operating system and prepare in advance for the imminent migration of the operating system. The vice president even went as far as suggesting enterprises and businesses to prepare for migration now itself!

The Vice President, while speaking in a press conference said, “Microsoft recently ended support for Windows XP and even though the end date was set in 2007 based on a life cycle support policy Microsoft introduced in 2004, many organizations were not able to completely eliminate the OS by the deadline. Nearly a quarter of PCs in organizations were still running Windows XP after support ended, leaving IT to figure out how to secure Windows XP and/or find funding to do so.”

His statements rings true since various enterprises are yet to make the switch to the operating system even though the end-of-support date was announced years ahead! He went on to say, “The end of support for Windows 7 will be January 2020, assuming there are no changes to its current support life cycle,” and added “While this feels like it’s a long way off, organizations must start planning now, so they can prevent a recurrence of what happened with Windows XP.”

He suggested that more enterprises start using Windows 8 operating system to reduce the number of Windows 7 operating systems that would have to be dealt with in the near future. This news might turn the tides in Windows 8′s favor, even though Windows 7 is winning in the race between Windows 7 vs Windows 8, albeit at a very small margin. Another alternative he suggested was to ignore migrating to a new operating system but doctor a complete system that would enable enterprises to migrate the outdated operating system without any hassles. From channeling the necessary resources to budget the migration to the logistics involved, all the important points should be factored in.

Win32 Applications

       Migrating From Windows 7

He continued to explain, “The biggest problem that organizations have with upgrading to new Windows releases is ensuring application compatibility. The vast majority of Win32 applications that run on Windows 7 will run on future releases, but having applications is only one component of application compatibility.”

We hope crucial sectors, especially government institutions and banks, recognize the need to migrate from the outdated operating system before the end of support date starts. In the event of the latest release, the tides may favor Windows 8 in the race between Windows 7 vs Windows 8.

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Windows 7 Features That Are No Longer Present In Windows 8

Windows 7 Vs Windows 8

              Features Of Windows 8

Are you getting ready to upgrade your Windows 7 operating system to Windows 8? Then, we will help you to find out what all features that you enjoyed in Windows 7 are absent in Windows 8. In this Windows 7 vs Windows 8 comparison, we will find out the top five features that could make you consider not to upgrade to Windows 8.

Aero glass theme

When Windows Vista and Windows 7 were released, one of the features that fascinated many users was the Aero glass theme. However, you will no longer find this theme in Windows 8 and according to Microsoft, the glass theme becomes irrelevant with the coming of new Start screen.

No Start button

Microsoft introduced Start button with its Windows 95 operating system and since then, it has played a major role in making Microsoft operating systems more user friendly. Just like the Aero glass theme, Start button has also made its way for the Start screen. When users press the Windows key on the keyboard, it takes them to the new Start screen rather than the old Start button, which we all loved. However, there are a few third party applications in the market, which install an alternative button similar to the Start button.

No Start menu

Since there is no start button, you cannot expect the Start menu too. The Windows logo key on the keyboard opens the Start screen and there is no Start menu in the program.

No flip 3D

Setup File

            Features Of Windows 7

One of the stylish features of Windows 7 was the Flip 3D. This feature in Windows 7 helped users to switch windows along with the aero theme. It required you to use the Windows key and the tab key together to experience this features. Even though it was not widely used, it is considered as one of the cool features of Windows 7. In Windows 8, Microsoft has come up with the feature Modern UI app switcher. You can open this feature by placing the mouse cursor on the upper left or bottom left corner of the screen. This feature does not work in case of desktop apps.

No DVD playback

Microsoft says that the use of DVDs have become rare with the increased use of various streaming services like Netflix. Therefore, the company does not provide DVD playback support in Windows 8. Users may use any of the third party applications to run DVDs.

We hope that this Windows 7 vs Windows 8 comparison has helped you to find out the various features and tools that have been removed from Windows 8. You may upgrade to Windows 8 by downloading the setup file of the operating system or by purchasing a hard copy.

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