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Don't Believe The Windows 8 'Failure' Hype

Mar 28 2014, 6:28pm CDT | by

It’s obvious that Windows 8 is not the most successful operating system launch Microsoft has ever had. Microsoft has struggled with user backlash over the dramatic changes to the UI, and it has...

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Don't Believe The Windows 8 'Failure' Hype

Mar 28 2014, 6:28pm CDT | by

It’s obvious that Windows 8 is not the most successful operating system launch Microsoft has ever had. Microsoft has struggled with user backlash over the dramatic changes to the UI, and it has worked through Windows 8.1 and the reportedly impending Windows 8.1 Update to “right the wrongs” and appease the revolting masses . If you look at the numbers, though, Windows 8 is actually quite successful.

According to Microsoft, Windows 8 just recently crossed the 200 million license mark . This seems a little anemic compared with its predecessor—Windows 7—which had sold about 240 million licenses in roughly the same amount of time. However, sales of the Windows OS are typically closely tied to PC sales in general, so it helps to view Windows sales as a function of PC sales in order to get a fair comparison.

According to current data from Net Market Share , Windows 8 only owns just over six percent of the desktop OS market, while Windows 7 still dominates at just under 50 percent, and Windows XP—which Microsoft will officially stop supporting in just over a week—still claims nearly 30 percent. Meanwhile, Mac OS X 10.9—which came out less than six months ago—has more than two and a half times the share of the preceding version, and almost as much market share as the past four versions of Mac OS X combined.

Clearly, Windows 8 is not a blazing success, and I don’t intend to try and paint it as such. That said, the numbers don’t support the contention that it is a complete failure, and certainly don’t warrant calling it the new “Windows Vista”.

Think of it like blockbuster movies. The movie that holds the title for largest domestic box office revenue in the United States is Avatar with over $760 million . When you adjust for inflation, though, and compare box office revenue on an even playing field, Avatar is actually number 14. Gone With the Wind, with a total domestic box office of less than $200 million is actually the leader, because it achieved that goal in 1939. When you adjust for inflation, the movie took in the equivalent of $1.7 billion.

So, let’s go back to Windows sales. Just as there was a difference in the movie economy between 1939 and 2009, there is also a difference between the overall PC market in 2001 compared to 2014. A post on Tom’s Guide broke down some of the math back in 2011 when Windows 7 passed 400 million licenses. The author breaks down sales of different versions of the OS relative to PC sales at the time, and found that Windows XP averaged 55 licenses per hundred PCs sold, while Vista didn’t do quite as well with only 47 licenses per 100 PCs sold.

Windows 7, on the other hand, was a massive success. It achieved 240 million licenses sold over the course of a year that saw roughly 350 million PCs sold. That works out to roughly 68 licenses per 100 PCs sold—45 percent better than Windows Vista, and 23 percent more than Windows XP.

How has Windows 8 done so far? Well, it didn’t beat Windows 7, but it isn’t far behind, and it is far better than either Vista or XP. The 200 million Windows 8 licenses compares against a slower PC market with only 314 million sold, so it works out to 63 Windows 8 licenses per hundred PCs sold. That makes Windows 8 sales a 34 percent increase over Windows Vista, and about 15 percent higher than Windows XP. It also puts Windows 8 only about 7 percent behind Windows 7.

Granted, none of this is very scientific. There is a wide variety of other factors which may have influenced Windows and/or PC sales over the last decade. For one thing, analyst firms like IDC have arbitrary definitions of PC. A Surface Pro 2 is not a “PC” by IDC terms because it is a touch-enabled device with no permanent keyboard and a display less than 16 inches, while the Dell XPS 18 is considered a “PC” simply because the display is larger than IDC’s arbitrary line in the sand. It doesn’t matter that a Surface Pro 2 has the same internal architecture, and runs the same Windows OS that any traditional desktop or laptop PC run.

If IDC did count Windows 8 tablets as PCs, though, it would probably negatively affect the Windows 8 math. It would increase “PC” sales by combining traditional PCs and tablets together, but wouldn’t change the fact that Microsoft claims only 200 million Windows 8 licenses have been sold. It is also fair to say that if Windows 8 were more popular, PC sales would be higher—which would raise both numbers, but may not necessarily impact the ratio between the two.

The bottom line is that Windows 8 isn’t doing nearly as bad as the “Chicken Little” hype would have you believe. It stumbled out of the gate, but Microsoft made huge improvements with Windows 8.1. The combination of the end of support for Windows XP, and the expected Windows 8.1 Update could drive momentum in favor of the much-maligned OS .

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7 weeks ago

RM47mil KWSG contributions still unclaimed

Jun 9 2014 7:54am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: About RM47 million of contributions in the Teachers Provident Fund (KWSG) still remain unclaimed, the ...
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7 weeks ago

Gold shop lost almost RM1mil

Jun 9 2014 3:50am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KANGAR: A gold shop owner lost almost RM1 million after after the safe on in his shop was broken into by r ...
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7 weeks ago

Motion to debate MAS losses in Dewan Rakyat rejected

Jun 9 2014 3:39am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: AN emergency motion to debate the losses incurred by Malaysia Airlines last year, amounting to RM1.2 billion was rejected by the Dewan R ...
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7 weeks ago

MH370 Tragedy: Hisham: RM27.6 mil spent on 1st phase of SAR

Jun 9 2014 2:11am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia spent some RM27.6 million in its first phase of the search operations for missing Malaysia Airline flight MH370, said Acting Transport Mi ...
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7 weeks ago

9.1m litres of diesel seized in a month

Jun 8 2014 1:11am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

PUTRAJAYA: The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives, and Consumerism ministry has seized some 9.1 million litres of diesel and property worth RM58 million since mounting ‘Operasi Diesel Selatan’ in the southern states last month. ...
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7 weeks ago

Girl, 9, awarded RM2.78m compensation for medical negligence

Jun 6 2014 4:56am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: A nine-year-old girl who suffered brain damage during her birth at a government hospital was awarded over RM2.78 m ...
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7 weeks ago

Malaysia's total trade in April up 12pc

Jun 5 2014 11:52pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's total trade in April 2014 rose by 12 per cent from a year ago to RM123.86 billion due to growing trading activities, International Trade and Industry Minister ...
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7 weeks ago

Works Ministry to spend RM20m for upgrading works at 50 accident black spots

Jun 4 2014 11:35pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

JOHOR BARU: The Works Ministry will implement upgrading works at 50 accident prone locations in the country that have been identified this year involving an allocatio ...
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7 weeks ago

Najib launches loan scheme for Ramadan traders

Jun 4 2014 10:24pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today launches RM45 million Ramadan ...
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7 weeks ago

Residents bring up objection against Kidex to Suhakam

Jun 4 2014 4:49am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

PETALING JAYA: A group of 20 Petaling Jaya residents held a meeting with the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) over their objection against the proposed RM2.2 billion Kinrara Damansara ...
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