Puget Systems Provides Inside Look at Windows 8 vs 7 Sales

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Ray890

It seems obvious that Windows 8 is the OS where it's primary changes are just gimmicks. Not only gimmicks that are added in with other things, but gimmicks that also removes and hides other useful features from availability to the user. I feel that most of the major companies are starting to do gimmicks nowadays, just to create ways to appeal to users and make their money, instead of focusing on what is actually needed.

I feel the only main reason that the Windows 8 app store is there because Microsoft has seen Apple's app store success of popularity and profits, so Microsoft feels it is right to copy the idea into their system. We do not want another Apple, we want a unique windows, isn't that right!?

Nonetheless, I did try Windows 8 multiple times (early and final preview, and on a touchscreen laptop in store), and used it long enough to get used to it's features. I think it looks like it'll be alright on a tablet, but a complete failure on laptops and desktops.

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LGA1156

I love Windows 7, I did need to redo the OS on my gaming rig, bought a copy of Windows 8, hated it at first. Took me 30mins just to figure out how to get to the damn desktop, was surprised not to see a start menu and a bit confused. Googled it... downloaded startshell, and customized my desktop. Somehow when the CPU boots it goes right into the desktop now I like that Im starting to like the quick screen selector, and how snappy everthing is, its not bad... I agree it's going to equal the flop that is Vista but I don't mind it as much anymore, I hate how with pictures and videos it defaults to metro, that pisses me off.

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Nastyman

If Microsoft would only get their heads out of their a** and look around some forums to see what people really want in an OS, then maybe with SP1 they will put the normal desktop back in with the start orb and Aero (Yes I really do like Aero!). If they do that I will upgrade, until then it is Win 7 for me.

Nasty

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SPreston2001

Yeah I agree Aero is awesome. Its funny how Win8 looks more dated than Win7 lol. Give me eye candy not multi-colored kindergarten boxes...

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

I like Areo. Aero is great.

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DoctorX

This... if they left the aero in like it was in rp, i would not have an issue. The interface reminds me when you crash gtk in linux of a few years ago and you get a basic, blocky and ugly gui. Unless Balmer gets canned though, these wont get fixed.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

It's so much more than the loss of the Start menu. The lack of multitasking on the Metro half belays the fact that it's a toy OS bolted onto Windows 7. Metro may be fine for tablets and phones, but it has no place on the PC.

The integration of a phone OS and computer OS is obscene. I will never sacrifice the primary functions of my PC to pump income into the mindless, unimaginative suits at Microsoft.

Deliver or die.

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SPreston2001

Whats funny is my GF (who isnt very tech savy) likes the metro app based system. Now granted she would fall under the mindless sheep category, once she saw all the stupid apps you could download she was all in. The hardcore PC enthusiast is who gets thrown under the bus. Not being able to control my PC the way I want to control it is something im not willing to sacrifice.

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maxeeemum

This is no surprise to me!!!

When I installed Windows 8 Developer Preview last year I knew this was going nowhere.

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SPreston2001

Add me to the list of people who dont like Win8. Ive tried to use it for over a month and just couldnt get used to the clunky cumbersome UI. Yes I installed start8 and that helped, but it still felt clunky! I really dont understand people who brag about it starting up much faster than Win7. In my experience yes it starts up about 9 secs faster but who really gives a $hit?? I mean I rarely even shut my PC all the way down so thats really not important to me. If you want faster load times a better upgrade would be to keep Win7 and go buy a SSD! Microsoft hit the nail on the head with Win7 and instead of improving on Win7 weak spots they decided to go back to the drawing board and try something totally different (fail)! If your one of the people who enjoy Win8 then great, but the playskool tiles environment just isnt for me. I like navigating with my mouse so all the extra clicks to perform basic functions really pisses me off. I kno about the keyboard shortcuts but like I said im more of a mouse person. I just dont like it period...

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pratikrawankar

When u r happy with ur Windows 7
then no need to think about windows 8 downgrading

WIndows 7 rocks
I used
dev preview--king of bugs
consumer preview ---so panic
release previe-----double the pain
RTM---fuck this shit

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RtDK

Congratulations sir--you have single-handedly DESTROYED the English language.

I hope you're proud of yourself. -_-

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DoctorX

after running win8 since cp.. and rtm since release. I can say i am probably going back to win7... just too much broken... sad really, because it wasnt in rp... but i have had crashes bsod and lockups since rtm... but rp and cp where rock solid.

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yr

It seems that Microsoft makes Windows in a "love it, hate it" "awesome, awful" cycle.
3.0 - good.
3.1 - Buggy
95 - All new UI (Looked a lot like windows 8???)
98 - unfinished
98SE - All the goodness of 98, refined & without the bugs.
ME - Did it really happen? (MS is not saying..)\
XP - Rock Solid, well received. Introduced (popular) rounded corners.
Vista - Disaster. Totally unfinished
7 - Awesome. As solid as XP, with all the improvements of Vista, and more.
According to this pattern, Win8 is right on schedule for the disaster that it is. (I can't stand it, and only used it for about 1/2 hour).
I only hope that Windows 9 keeps to the pattern, or that my stockpile of Win7 lasts.

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TrollBot5000

^^^^^ This

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TrollBot5000

Windows 8 just ain't that great in fact it's what I hate. It's as much fun as tryin to masturbate to nixon's tapes of watergate. My rhymes straight up gangsta cuzz.

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dedgar

I tried the Win 8 RC and the retail version. About the only thing I can say is a big step above Win 7 is the speed with which Windows loads.
Other than that I don't see much to make me change to 8.

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Insurgence

Windows 7 is obviously going to become the next XP. It works and it does not have much of a learning curve to adopt. Many companies are going to stick with the OS that will create fewer waves, and the end user is going to stick with what they are familiar with or get conned or forced into buying.

I will not dis Windows 8 because my usage is minimal, but I did use it and I probably will not upgrade any machine that does not have touch interface.

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MaxPower99w

I picked up on Windows 8 early and i can say i don't particularly like it.

On my personal Laptop there were several items that did not have drivers (USB ports) that became a deal breaker. For a laptop purchased in Sept, that is not a good sign.

I run a second copy for business purposes in a VM environment. Having to have a Windows Live account to do anything is just stupid. While the interface may be better if i added a touch screen monitor and sat right on it, i find the tiles unappealing. It looks great on my phone, but not my 3 monitor desktop setup. I find myself using Desktop mode and wading through desktop shortcuts.

You get used to it, i guess.
I have an iPad and an Android tablet and I am wary of having to buy into a 3rd app ecosystem. If the SurfacePro wasn't so expensive, it might be worthwhile to go all in.
I still use Windows 7 for most of my day to day activities and find myself in Windows 8 only a few times a week.

Overall it isn't bad, but i doubt i will switch over completely without a touch interface and another 12-18 months of maturity.

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Blues22475

Personally, I played around with it myself. I don't find it really worth upgrading as I don't see anything motivating enough (at least in my case) to make me switch. The whole "If it ain't broke don't fix it" cliche works for me.

Not to mention it's barely been a year or so since Windows 7 came out. The whole "Start Button" thing isn't so much a problem, now.

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illusionslayer

Windows 7 has been out for almost 3 and a half years, and SP1 has been out for almost 2.

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TrollBot5000

Dude win7 went live to the public in 2009.

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Blues22475

Ignore the 1 year comment was not paying attention to my dates. Regardless, it hasn't been out for very long.

Came out October 22, 2009.

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ronmccord

I have windows 7 installed on all of my laptops
I just bought a new dell latitude for travel. The reason I went with windows 7 again is any time there is a new windows release it takes awhile for my favorite software programs to catch up and be compatible. For me around a year or more is necessary before I will change, by that time my programs should be compatible with the new Windows. I also dont care about touch, and based on most reviews there is not an improvement besides that.

Give windows 8 time, I am sure many more are just like me and will upgrade when they buy a new computer and next year will be that time

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kitsunekaji

Makes sense that we do not wanna step up.
If it ain't broke, then don't fix it! Windows 7 is just fine for me right now, thank you. Maybe when they send out SP1, then it will be more attractive.

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