I have been reading quite a few articles this week from zdnet regarding the failure of Windows 8. Windows 9 is even apparently being brought forward for a release in April 2015. Is it really a failure though or is this something drummed up by the media?
Lets take a look at the numbers. As of the end of December 2013 Windows 8 and 8.1 combined has a market share of 10.46%. Windows 7 is still way out in front with 47.52%. The installed PC base globally is estimated to be approx 1.6 billion which means at the moment Windows 8 (and 8.1) are installed on approximately 167 million PC’s (and laptops). To me that is a very large number of installed systems.
While talking to a lot of my clients regarding Windows 8 there is a very noticeable split of opinion between the younger generation and the older one. The older generation was quite happy on XP (and in some cases Windows 7) so when they see how different Windows 8 is they hate it. Compare that to the younger generation with their smartphones and tablets who seam to gell with the “Metro” interface. Personally I don’t mind it (I used to hate it) but I still disagree with Microsofts vision of one interface for all systems.
For a long time wherever Microsoft led the market followed (UEFI anyone?) but times have changed. Microsoft is no longer the leader of the pack as the market has been turned on its head by tablets and smartphones. In the enterprise things are chugging along as normal as Microsoft has a very strong grip with the likes of Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V but the poor PC and laptop are taking a battering. The PC is not going anywhere anytime soon but the market will reach a point where it can’t shrink anymore and stabilize leaving Microsoft as the big fish in a very small pond.
Microsoft knows this and that is why we have Windows 8. Would it not have been better though to continue to develop Windows along the same lines as Windows 7 and have a brand new operating system developed specifically for tablets rather than the one interface across everything. Something along the lines of iOS and OS X perhaps?
I don’t think that Windows 8 is struggling as bad as the media is suggesting but I do agree that it isn’t doing as well as Microsoft had hoped.
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