The launch of Windows 8 is now just under four weeks away, on October 26, yet all the signs are there that this is a product that’s going to bomb. Californian analytics firm Net Applications have been measuring the take-up of prelaunch versions of Windows 8 and they make for depressing news for Microsoft.
At a month before the launch of Windows 7, it was receiving a warm reception and overall usage was sitting at a healthy 1.64% of all Windows installs. However, Windows 8 is sitting at a mere 0.33%, just a fifth of what Windows 7 had achieved – and the operating system is mired in controversy over its new interface previously known as Metro, plus its closed ecosystem that is the Windows Store, too. It’s also not unreasonable to believe that Microsoft could extend the Windows Store to the desktop as well in time, giving them total control over what software their customers can run on Windows – while taking a big cut from sales, of the order of 30% and perhaps even more. A totally unacceptable situation we think you’ll agree.