On eve of Windows 8 launch, adoption numbers are less than stellar(Read article summary)
Microsoft will release the Windows 8 operating system later this month. But it may be having trouble ginning up interest in the OS.
According to the analytics firm Net Applications, a mere 0.33 percent of PCs running Windows in September were running a preview or advance version of Windows 8. As¬†Gregg Keizer of Computerworld points out today, that's a far cry from the 1.67 percent of computers running a beta edition of Windows 7 in the run-up to the release of the last Microsoft OS.¬†
Some caveats: Windows 8 does not officially launch until Oct. 26. Plenty of folks don't bother to download beta versions of an operating system ‚Äď they'd rather wait for the real thing. (Windows 8 went into Consumer Preview in February.) Still, Preston Gralla, a columnist at Computerworld, argues that while Windows 8 is a "winner" on tablet computers, the PC version of the operating system is underpowered and difficult to navigate. ¬†
"Microsoft is clearly hoping that pre-launch numbers aren't a harbinger of things to come," Gralla writes. "My guess, though, is that they are."
In related news, early last month, Microsoft and¬†Nokia took the wraps off the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820, a pair of Windows Phone 8-powered smartphones. The Lumia 820, with its¬†less-glitzy¬†camera and display, is a device for budget-minded shoppers; the 920 gets a bigger and better screen and¬†a¬†8.7-megapixel camera with Nokia PureView advanced optical imaging stabilization.
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