If you want to know how well Windows 8 is doing when it comes to the operating system's adoption rate pre-launch, you best compare it to the adoption rate of previous Microsoft operating system. That's what Computer World did and they discovered that Windows 8's adoption rate pre-launch is a lot weaker than that of Windows 7. Statistics have been taken from Net Applications, a company that is monitoring operating system market shares among other things.
According to the statistics, Windows 8 has a market share of about 0.3% one month before launch. Windows 7's market share on the other hand was five times as high at the same time.
Some may take this as an indicator that the operating system will do rather poorly when it is released, at least when it is compared to Windows 7's performance during its first few years after release.It is likely that Windows 8 won't be as successful as Windows 7, but that does not mean that it won't fulfill a crucial task for Microsoft. The core reason why Windows 8 is what it is is the tablet and mobile computing market which Microsoft has more or less been exempt from due to a lack of capable operating system.
If Windows 8 can open the doors to the tablet market wide open for Microsoft, then it has fulfilled what it has been designed to do. The desktop operating system market, the core market for Microsoft, is relatively safe in the company's hands. Customers who do not want Windows 8 can buy Windows 7, a well received operating system and a worthy successor of the company's own Windows XP system for which support will end in 2014.
It is unlikely that the overall Windows market share in the global operating system market will take a huge dip, and even if it does take a dip, gains in the tablet market will make more than up for it.
Another aspect that has not been mentioned yet is that pre-launch conditions are different. Windows 7 came at a time when it became clear that Vista would never match the success of the Windows XP operating system. Many customers wanted a modern operating system and Windows 7 turned out be exactly that. Windows 8 on the other hand is the successor of one of the most popular Microsoft operating systems in history. It is likely that existing Windows 7 users may not be that interested in upgrading their operating system to Windows 8 than Windows XP or Vista users were when Windows 7 started to become available.
In short: Windows 8 may not perform as well as Windows 7, even if you factor the 2014 end of support for Windows XP and the promotional offers to upgrade into the equation.
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