Windows 7 leads the race, Windows 8 trails behind
Have you upgraded your system to Windows 8? If you are still toying with the idea to upgrade to Microsoft’s newest operating system or stick to your favorite Windows 7 operating system, then this may help.
Even after three weeks of its retail launch, Microsoft’s biggest release of this decade, Windows 8, still struggles to impress the users. Though Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s Chief Executive, says that more than 4 million Windows 8 upgrades have been sold since its release, online surveys and data collected by web analytics narrate a different story.
As per the latest polls and surveys, Windows 8 adoption rates are much slower than its predecessor Windows 7. According to an online study by Toluna QuickSurveys, only 39% of PC users plan to upgrade their PCs to Windows 8, while Windows 7 still remains the most-opted operating system among the survey respondents. Similarly, data collected by Net Applications, a web analytics firm, also indicate the slower adoption rate of Windows 8. The report indicates that in October, only 0.45% computer users switched to Windows 8, when compared to a much higher adoption rate of Windows 7, which was about 2.33% three years ago, during its October launch.
Even data collected after three weeks of Windows 8 official release puts Windows 8 usage at 1.19%, the rate that’s way behind its other predecessors. On the other hand, Windows 7 upgrade after its October 2009 release was pretty rapid and it records an overall share of 3.6% of all the PCs tracked by Net Applications. However, the survey results among tablet users are slightly better. About 13% of the respondents plan to buy a Windows 8-powered tablet, a percentage that matches with those who opt for iOS and Android running tablets.
The reasons for Windows 8 lag are pretty obvious. Though Windows 8 offers speed that matches its predecessor Windows 7 and comes equipped with lots of advanced features, several doubts have been raised about its new user interface and suitability for technology-powered as well as novice users.
Thus, Windows 7 has clearly emerged as a winner and a hot favorite operating system for a majority of Windows users. What’s your take on this? Do you prefer Windows 8 over Windows 7? Do let us know.
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