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Just 0.33% of all computers running Windows during September relied on Windows 8, Net Applications’ statistics showed Monday. That number represents 33 out of every 10,000 Windows machines.
At the end of September 2009, with essentially the same time remaining before its launch, Windows 7 accounted for 1.64% of all Windows PCs, or 164 out of 10,000: That’s five times that of Windows 8 at its T-minus-one-month milestone.
Windows 8 marks a major change from the long familiar interface and environment of Windows. No longer are Windows users being presented with the usual desktop, they are being served a very different looking screen. One that most people have either yet to see or have had first hand experience.
Most computer users tend to stick with what they’re familiar with and Windows 7 still looks and behaves in a similar way to Windows XP. Naturally, existing Windows users and admins in general are resistant to the change. Just look at market share numbers for Windows XP vs Windows 7 and explain how an 11 year old operating system still holds more than 40% share.
This is even more expected from the more experienced users. The real test of this is when Windows 8 goes public and again some time later when it becomes the default OS preinstalled on the majority of PCs.