- 03-01-2013, 04:05 PM #1
Four months in: Windows 8 adoption is almost at a standstill | ExtremeTech
I believe a lot of people thought that Windows 8 adoption "might" spur interest in the WP8 UI (Modern UI) so does the lack of Windows 8 adoption spell continuing poor sales of Windows Phone 8? It also seems that after an initial rush of Windows Store apps that there is a lack of momentum in the Windows Store. Also, a new problem that I didn't think would be an issue is that there seems to be some companies that openly dislike MS and won't develop for Windows 8/RT/WP8 regardless of market share. Interested in anyone's take on this.
03-01-2013, 04:13 PM #2
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I would imagine that the large number of existing computers that do not have touch capabilities might be slowing the adoption rate of Windows 8. As more and more devices are introduced with touch capabilities, the adoption rate will likely increase.
The ending of the $40 upgrade doesn't help matters either.
- 03-01-2013, 04:31 PM #3
I have three non-touch laptops at home, all updated and rocking Windows 8. Anyone who realised that its 4-5 years old hardware running Windows 8, five times smoother than Windows 7, ends up upgrading. Microsoft is probably good at everything but is THE WORST company when it comes to marketing and communicating to consumers. I don't blame them, their initial monopoly was pretty much due to capturing enterprises and that's what WP needs too. Impress more and more board rooms.I close threads to save cats.
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- 03-01-2013, 05:44 PM #5
Win8 rocks. RT rocks. Wp8 blows chunks. That's what is limiting the wp8 adoption rate. Its unfinished and never should have been brought to market. The integration of all MS products sounds great but it is off to a very pathetic start. MS rushed it and wp8 is actually a step back from wp7 in some ways. WP8 needs MAJOR updates yesterday or its going to be pathetic adoption followed by mass exodus. They really need someone in charge that understands mobile and speed.
- 03-01-2013, 06:14 PM #8
- 03-01-2013, 06:19 PM #9
I think one of the big reasons Windows 8 has the new Metro environment was to help drive WP sales. It's the same reason Windows Mobile tried to emulate the Windows desktop experience, MS is just repeating what they did in the past IMO. Heck all they have to do is look at why Windows succeeded over OS/2 to know why WP is failing. Windows had Lotus, WordPerfect & other popular software titles of the day & OS/2 didn't . OS/2 fans countered with their OS was superior and more advanced which was true, but without popular software titles it didn't matter. Sounds to me a lot like the situation WP finds itself in today.
- 03-01-2013, 11:43 PM #11
I do plan on getting a new device with touch capability. However, the limited availability and high prices are holding me back right now. I'll probably pull the trigger on a new device when the "high school graduation/get new PC for university" sales are out in the summer.--Laura Knotek (formerly known as lak611)
- 03-02-2013, 07:58 AM #12
I doubt its affecting sales. WP8 doesn't seem very integrated with Windows 8 and the interface doesn't look that similar to Windows 8 at all! (Windows 8 was clearly designed with WP7 in mind.) Windows Phones aren't even necessarily the best for all Microsoft services, such as Skype.
- 03-02-2013, 08:02 AM #13
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