Since its launch, Windows 8 has had a very mixed response, mainly due to its ‘Metro’ tile interface and missing start button, and also not really offering much more to users than Windows 7 unless they own a./ Touchpads and b./Are looking at Cloud services. The former makes it easier to use and the latter is down to the tight integration between Windows and Office 365.
Whilst Microsoft is still ‘responding’ to criticisms of Windows 8 and patching it u,p the OS has overtaken Vista in terms of market share, with a higher percentage of users qwho have upgraded to 8.1 than are using Vista. This is not really surprising as, Vista, we think, is a pretty awful system, and anybody using it should upgrade to Windows 7 at least for the stability.
However, Windows 7 and Windows XP are still miles ahead of 8, and 8.1 with XP taking just under 30% of the user market share and Windows 7 taking just under 50% of the market share.
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The next patch Tuesday updates are rumoured to bring boot to desktop to Windows 8 and easier to find shutdown and search buttons. So look out for Windows 8.1 Update 1 and see if Microsoft gets it right in their desperation to get us all to upgrade and to get corporate users to upgrade from their XP systems to Windows 8!
A feature of Microsoft’s strategy to get people to upgrade from Windows 7 seems apparent in there not having any plans to release a Service Pack 2 for Windows 7 (giving users a lot of updates to download on new builds unless they care to slipstream the updates on to installation images).
Windows 9 has also been rumoured to be scheduled for April 2015.
Windows XP updates will be stopped on April the 8th though Windows Server 2003’s extended support (originally due to finish in 2009) will still be available till 14/07/2015.