Windows 8 getting luke-warm reception

According to data from California-based analytics firm Net Applications, Microsoft’s yet-to-be-released operating system Windows 8 is not receiving the same level of praise in comparison with its predecessor, Windows 7.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (image: AllthingsD)

The number of users who switched over to a preview version of Windows 8 was significantly lower than compared to when Windows 7 launched a preview three years ago, with the company noting that only 0.18% of computers connected to the internet in June ran one of the previews of Windows 8.

The data showed that only 20 out of 10 000 computers were powered by Microsoft’s latest operating system. When a preview version of Windows 7 was pushed out to consumers in June 2009, it had an uptake of 0.75% of all computers and 0.80% of all Windows machines. According to the data, that makes Windows 7 four times more popular than Windows 8 for the same period in their respective development cycles.

“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,” wrote Computer World.

The publication also notes that “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.”

Net Applications also added that it’s not looking good for the latest operating system, when compared to the install-base of 2009. Windows 8’s Release Preview has been installed on 2.9-million machines out of 1.6-billion computers running windows. When a preview of Windows 7 was released in 2009, it was installed on 9.4-million computers, out of approx. 1.25-billion computers.

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor