Hell No, We Won’t Go: Most Windows 7 Users Not Interested in Windows 8
Microsoft’s big gamble on Windows 8 may not pay off. A new survey finds that more than half of all Windows 7 users prefer the look and feel of the older operating system and are unlikely to pay for the new OS.
The recent survey was conducted by ForumsWindows8 and included 50,000 respondents. More than half, or 53 per cent, said they’re still very satisfied with Windows 7.
What’s the problem?
For many, it’s the way Microsoft is focusing on touchscreen devices with Windows 8. The operating system is specially built with tablet computers and smartphones in mind, which is why it’ll feature a brand new tile-based interface when it ships at the end of October 2012.
And while Windows 8 is much faster than its predecessor (featuring improved start-up and shutdown times) and comes with a more secure version of the Internet Explorer web browser (IE10), many traditional PC users (the people who continue to use laptops and desktops most of the time) feel a tad alienated.
Gamers may also have some concerns. Back in July, Valve’s CEO said he was worried Windows 8 could become “a catastrophe” for PC gamers because it could eliminate Linux as a legitimate gaming platform.
But not everyone is so down on Windows 8. A substantial number of the survey respondents say they did like the look, feel, and performance of the new operating system. And in a recent interview with The Associated Press, Microsoft founder Bill Gates said he thinks the new OS is “very exciting,” pointing to the many new hardware devices that will run Windows 8.
Indeed, Windows 8 will help Microsoft forge new paths into the tablet and ultrabook markets. The firm is planning to release its very own tablet, the Surface, later this year.
Windows 8 will be released on October 26.