Windows 8 market share surpasses all versions of OS X combined

By Scorpus
Sep 2, 2013
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  1. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,661   +867

    OS X > Windows 8.
  2. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,781   +638

    For tablet numbers here you go:
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    Add the unit numbers to the desktop numbers and work a ballpark percentage.
    misor likes this.
  3. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,470   +299

    To be fair I don't recommend Windows 8 purely based on the new interface, The amount if people who have come up to me to get Windows 7 put back on their machine is unreal, reason? They hate the new start menu thing that seems to pop up everywhere.

    In an enterprise environment, pushing out a Free App is impossible because if you get any issues with it, absolutely no chance of getting support, If It's a paid version, the higher up's ask "why do we need this" only response is "because Windows 8 is a little bit ****"...

    I literally don't care (and I bet many people will agree with this) about having the same OS on all my devices, as long as they can talk to each other I would much prefer they were all customized for the device it is installed on, Windows is not a cheap bit of software and now cannot play DVD's straight out the box and so on they've just made an already expensive OS less attractive.

    I have no idea what "back end" improvements they've made but apart from a faster boot up time and some fancy graphs when copying stuff it really isn't much better than Windows 7.

    In fact after working between the 3 (I've been using 8.1 for a month now) the only useful thing I've found is the ability to mount ISO's straight into My Computer.

    No mouse friendly start menu, No DVD playback, No non full screen search options, No easy way to change Licensing details (product Keys etc...) & (although no where near the levels of Vista) Software compatibility issues (Third Party VPN Issues) Older games not working (usually caused by something simple which like installed .NET framework 3.5 which isn't part of the default install) have all killed Windows 8 in most of our client base and (luckily) we're not forced to use a particular version.

    So I recommend and install Windows 7 on every machine I build and client install unless instructed otherwise.
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  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,746   +1,416

    Thats a prime example of failing to force the market to change. Giving the market options and allowing them to change on their own is the only way forward.
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  5. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,381   +607

    Ugh, yet another stupid comment thread. Defenders of Win8 only ever say this:

    "Yeah, but you can get the Start menu back with 3rd party apps, so your argument is invalid!"

    Wrong. We have a problem with METRO, in its entirety. Can you get rid of Metro entirely? Nope. Therefore, the above 'defence' is so irrelevant that a flying pig caught it in it's mouth.

    Oh, what about the "better dual-screen support"? Wrong, Win8 contains Metro which has horrendous dual-screen support.

    What has tainted the OS is Metro. It is an abomination, one which cannot be removed from the OS via any means previously found. As such, Win8 is unusable to a large amount of users. If you can't see how Metro is a problem, then you're obviously not using the OS as much as you think you are.
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  6. coppersloane

    coppersloane TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 108   +33

    This Microsoft Hate Debate is hysterical. The lengths to which people will go to discredit something they're not forced to use is disturbing, but wholly entertaining. I even had that BigFatClown guy call me a chimpanzee because I dared to say I was enjoying Windows 8.1.
  7. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,781   +638

    WELCOME to the Internet! If you enjoyed the Microsoft Hate Debate you'll absolutely love these continuing soap opera webisodes:
    "AMD Drivers Suck: Confessions of an Nvidia-Since-1995 User"
    "Nvidia- Overpriced, Overbearing, and Over Here" by Some-Guy-Who-Last-Upgraded-In-2007
    "Intel Insidious Inside" - An ongoing monologue from FX owners arguing against having a viable corporate strategy.
    "Apple (hard) Core" : Scenes from an internet mosh pit fuelled by anyone that has built their own computer rig.
    Anyone who refers to themselves as a clown probably shouldn't be taken seriously.
    RH00D, Burty117, coppersloane and 2 others like this.
  8. havok585

    havok585 Newcomer, in training Posts: 100   +18

    The most sane reply I've seen around here.
  9. Windows 8 rocks! Love it. Works with a mouse, keyboard, touchscreen, voice recognition, reads all text for you if you want. Just a gorgeous and complete OS. You choose how you interact with Windows. Awesome! With Dell coming out with thier line of multipoint touchscreens for $250 a pop, I'm guessing more and more will go touch! My 2 year nephew loves Windows 8. The touch input expands the audience of Windows. I expect 15% marketshare by EOD.
  10. James Dimitroff

    James Dimitroff Newcomer, in training

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    That is part of the problem Steve. Microsoft seems to think they can tell consumers what they want instead of listening to what they want. Windows 8 is not being bashed just because of a start button. They are putting a touch screen driven OS on existing desktops that do not support touch screen. Then telling them they have to use the keyboard to sort of get to what they want, though it is not the same. Sure the security and speed maybe much better. But if corporations don't want to fork out tons of money and time for training, it's not going to happen. Instead of telling the consumer what is best for them, maybe they should try listening to what they really want!
  11. bexwhitt

    bexwhitt TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 153   +22

    I don't like the Modern UI and the other dumbing downs but with a few tweaks windows 8 is quick and very usable.

    Tweaks I have done
    re-enabled F8
    Disabled the lock screen
    The hack so you can have gadgets on the desktop
    Startisback

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  12. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,576   +76

    Windows 7 with some tweaks and minor script patch can be faster TCP/IP like Windows 8. Really 7 doesn't have the tiles where 8 has both tiles and 7 with some tweaks to TCP/IP all dialog boxes have gone full graphical also gone is the little chimes and dings to smoother sounds effects for issues. To me Windows 7 is where I'll be for now. Even Corp America sticking is not installing Windows 7.

    You have to buy new system going to be pushed with Windows 8 not Windows 7. If you have touch screen laptop then Windows 8 will be your friend. Of course Windows 7 can to touch but the interface is not so friendly.
  13. Windows 8 is significantly faster than Windows 7.
    The startup time is much faster on Windows 8.

    Most games even get a small FPS boost in Windows 8.

    How is exactly Windows 7 better than 8? Because of that rubbish start menu?
  14. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,746   +1,416

    No, because of the rubbish Start Screen. The Start Menu is not rubbish, it has been used for over 15 years. Why don't you wait till they engineer a replacement that works for everyone, before you try and discredit what has been working all along.

    Why do I get the feeling the largest split between Windows 8 discussions, are a split between tablet and desktop users? While the rest probably doesn't care what Microsoft feeds them as long as it is change. Somehow I get the impression that forced change for the worst, is somehow seen as innovation regardless the cost.

    I'm not going to start swiping 3 inch thumbnails, because some buffoon thought the same operating system UI could be used regardless the screen size.

    For everyone that loves Windows 8, I envision you walking around wearing this.
    [​IMG]
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  15. Tonkaman

    Tonkaman Newcomer, in training

    They did add most of that. In my experience Windows 8 is great for gaming. The multi-monitor support is vastly superior to anything before it. Finally a taskbar on each monitor, the ability to only have the open applications on a monitor show on that taskbar, stretch a large background image across all monitors. I love it. Also, the Pro version includes Client Hyper-V so you have the ability to run virtual desktops out of the box now too.


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