July 09, 2012, 2:41 PM — Users remain significantly less enthused about Windows 8 than they were three years ago about the
then-unfinished Windows 7, according to data from an analytics firm.
The new numbers from California-based Net Applications hint at a lukewarm reception for Windows 8.
Just 0.18% of all the computers that went online during June ran one of the previews of Windows 8, statistics
Net Applications showed last week. Of those PCs running Windows, 0.2% -- or 20 out of 10,000 -- were powered by
As in April, when Computerworld last used Net Applications' data to analyze
Windows 8 uptake, the new OS' June numbers were dramatically lower than Windows 7's at the same point in its
In June 2009, four months before its launch, Windows 7 accounted for 0.75% of all computers and 0.80% of all
Windows machines. In other words, Windows 7's share was four times that of Windows 8.
Even when the different release dates of the previews for each operating system are taken into account, Windows
8 still comes up short, although the disparity is not as pronounced. In the first full month after each sneak
peek's release, Windows 7's share of all Windows PCs was two to three times greater than Windows 8's.
(Windows 7's beta reached users seven weeks earlier in 2009 than Windows 8 Consumer Preview did this year, while
Windows 7's release candidate preceded Windows 8's Release Preview on the calendar by nearly four weeks.)
Four months after its Consumer Preview's debut, Windows 8's share of all Windows machines was lower than Windows
7's just seven weeks after the launch of its beta.
Other comparison also put Windows 8 in a poor light.
Windows 8's June 2012 share of 0.18%, for example, represents about 2.9 million machines of last year's
estimated global installed base of 1.6 billion PCs. Windows 7's 0.75% from June 2009, meanwhile, translates into
about 9.4 million systems of that year's smaller installed base of approximately 1.25 billion.
The bottom line: More than three times the number of people ran Windows 7 at the T-minus-four-month mark than
ran Windows 8 at the same point in its development.
The gap between Windows 8's and Windows 7's pre-launch adoption has widened in the last four months. (Data: Net