Windows 8.1 Sales Surpass Windows 8 Sales

Windows 8 is the operating system that was released by Microsoft with great expectations. However, things didn't go as Microsoft expected since Windows 8 suffered a setback in sales and popularity because of some flaws. Because of this reason, Microsoft thought of coming up with an update for the Microsoft new operating system and it resulted in the new update called Windows 8.1. Even though Windows 8 was released two years ago, its sales were not up to the mark even from the beginning. Hence, this allowed Windows 8.1, which was released only recently, to surpass the sales figures of Windows 8. The computer market share has also noticed an increase in the Windows 7 market share where it climbed to nearly 50 percent, whereas Windows XP constituted nearly 25 percent even though its support was ended by Microsoft last April. The statistics coming from Net Applications suggest that both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 OS featured a combined gain of 0.40 percentage points. Going specifically in to the figures, it was found that Windows 8 nearly acquired an extra 0.47 percentage increase, whereas Windows 8 share has slipped by 0.07 percent.  The biggest increase in percentage for Windows 8 was seen in the month of August where it featured a 2.01 percent increase whereas in November, it slipped to 0.40 percent and it is continuing even now. Still, there are manufacturers selling computers embedded with Windows 8 but the tech giant Microsoft is trying to promote Windows 8.1 by providing a free update to all the Windows 8 users. However, a substantial change was seen in the increase in market share for Windows 7 OS.  The Windows 7 operating system of Microsoft was able to get an extra 0.79 percentage. It is obvious from the monthly figures that the competition between Windows 7 and Windows 8 versions is very tough. Some months saw the increased sales of Windows 7 with respect to Windows 8 versions and the vice versa happened in the following months. However, the point to be noted is that even though Microsoft new operating system version Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are fighting hard, the overall user base of Windows 7 is continuously increasing, which is a blow for Microsoft's plans.  Thus, it is clear that Microsoft needs to make available some new strategies to increase the sales of Windows 8 versions of operating system. For more on how to upgrade to Windows 8 versions, contact our Microsoft support desk.

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Windows 8 is the operating system that was released by Microsoft with great expectations. However, things didn’t go as Microsoft expected since Windows 8 suffered a setback in sales and popularity because of some flaws. Because of this reason, Microsoft thought of coming up with an update for the Microsoft new operating system and it resulted in the new update called Windows 8.1. Even though Windows 8 was released two years ago, its sales were not up to the mark even from the beginning. Hence, this allowed Windows 8.1, which was released only recently, to surpass the sales figures of Windows 8.

The computer market share has also noticed an increase in the Windows 7 market share where it climbed to nearly 50 percent, whereas Windows XP constituted nearly 25 percent even though its support was ended by Microsoft last April. The statistics coming from Net Applications suggest that both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 OS featured a combined gain of 0.40 percentage points. Going specifically in to the figures, it was found that Windows 8 nearly acquired an extra 0.47 percentage increase, whereas Windows 8 share has slipped by 0.07 percent.

The biggest increase in percentage for Windows 8 was seen in the month of August where it featured a 2.01 percent increase whereas in November, it slipped to 0.40 percent and it is continuing even now. Still, there are manufacturers selling computers embedded with Windows 8 but the tech giant Microsoft is trying to promote Windows 8.1 by providing a free update to all the Windows 8 users. However, a substantial change was seen in the increase in market share for Windows 7 OS.

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The Windows 7 operating system of Microsoft was able to get an extra 0.79 percentage. It is obvious from the monthly figures that the competition between Windows 7 and Windows 8 versions is very tough. Some months saw the increased sales of Windows 7 with respect to Windows 8 versions and the vice versa happened in the following months. However, the point to be noted is that even though Microsoft new operating system version Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are fighting hard, the overall user base of Windows 7 is continuously increasing, which is a blow for Microsoft’s plans.

Thus, it is clear that Microsoft needs to make available some new strategies to increase the sales of Windows 8 versions of operating system. For more on how to upgrade to Windows 8 versions, contact our Microsoft support desk.

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The Software Giant's Windows 8 Milestones

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If you have been observing and following various Microsoft related news, you would already know some of the things we are going to discuss in this topic. Soon after Microsoft released Windows 7, the software giant started working on their dream project Windows 8. The company broke it down and set various tasks in the professional project management style (that we would obviously expect from the world’s largest software maker). The tasks were broken down into steps, which on its completion delivered the major objective. This was the first milestone reached.  There were many milestones from conception to completion. We will discuss some of the major Windows 8 milestone events here.

The first milestone, the prototype, which was only available to internal testers in October 2010. This was actually a time of secrecy and quite rightly so, because at such a nascent phase it was not logical and sensible to reveal a lot.

M2: This beta stage of the operating system was not available to the general public.

M3: This was a significant milestone, which happened in July 2011, Windows 8 was having most of the features we know now. Even this was not publicly available.

Developer Preview: This was also known as Pre-beta. This was released on September 2011 as Build 8102.

Consumer Preview: Also known as Real Beta. Now, the was in February 29th 2012 as Build 8250

Enterprise Preview: This was also known as Release Candidate, released in June 2012.

M4: The fourth milestone is the final Release To Manufacturers (RTM) of Windows 8 in August 2012.

General Availability: The General availability or GA was in October 2012.

Windows 8.1 (Blue): The Windows 8 update came in the month October 2013.

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You might be confused with some of the codes and version names here. Don’t worry. Here are some of explanations of versions and build numbers.

Beta Version: This means, the software maker has made a successful working model. Since, the prototype was having issues or probably it was buggy and was not feature-complete, it was not released to public testing.

Preview Versions: This is a relatively new terminology. Betas are now termed Developer Previews, Consumer Preview and Enterprise Preview.

RC (Enterprise Preview):  Release Candidate means the software giant will not be adding any new significant features. This is final, yet not final. Microsoft wants you to get the look and feel of the total product.

So, folks, these were the major Windows 8 milestone events.

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Windows 8 Gets More Users After End Of XP Support

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Windows 8 operating system has finally managed to come out of the shadows of its predecessor, Windows XP. Launched in 2012, the OS was touted to be the most advanced among the other operating systems with an array of unique and novel features. Some of these features such as the Charms bar and inclusion of live tiles were truly out of the box and were reminiscent of the latest technology Microsoft had adopted.

However, many users started to criticize this operating system stating the fact that Windows 8 provided a cumbersome and tiring computing experience to the users. These naysayers were of the opinion that they were unable to even perform the basic functions in their Windows 8 computers owing to the exclusion of the traditional Start button. Hence, although Windows 8 milestone surpassed what Vista had achieved upon its arrival, the sales began to dip eventually. Due to such a unanimous rejection of the OS, the company was forced to introduce Windows 8.1 operating system, which was nothing but a tweaked in version of Windows 8 itself. Still, there were many users who were interested in relying on the aged versions like Windows XP and Windows 7.

It was then that Microsoft decided to put an end to the mainstream support for Windows XP in order to allure the users to migrate to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. On April 8, 2014, the software giant terminated the services for Windows XP. Hence, many users started to upgrade to the successive versions of Windows. Most of the XP users preferred upgrading to Windows 7 because the operating system was most user-friendly and advanced. Windows 8 and 8.1 sales also witnessed a considerable growth and thus, one could say that Microsoft’s strategy to revamp the sales actually worked.

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With this trend, it is clear that Windows 8 milestone will reach more users in the future than what Windows XP had managed to get. Now, the company has also decided to end the support for Windows 7, which now has almost 50% of the total user share. This is all a part of the marketing strategy to make more users get acquainted with the touch-centric features before Windows 9 hits the market.

Evidently, Microsoft doesn’t want Windows 9 to have the same fate as of its predecessors in terms of sales as well as acceptance. Hence, it will be interesting to see what all new tactics the company would employ in the near future.

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Is Your Computer's Hardware Configuration Suitable For Windows 8?

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Windows XP users no longer receive support for their operating systems and it has become inevitable for these users to upgrade the operating system to one that still receives support. One of the best choices that these users could make to upgrade is to Windows 8. There are many advantages of upgrading to Windows 8. The operating system is all set to receive updates until 2023 and therefore, users would not have to worry about upgrading their operating systems for the next few years. The operating system comes with a dual interface and is much faster than its predecessors.

Now, if you are a Windows XP user, you may have to carry out a hardware upgrade before installing Windows 8 on your computers. In this post, we will find out the essential Windows 8 requirements.

Processor speed

As Windows 8 carries out quicker processing of applications, you cannot compromise on processor speed. The minimum speed of the processor should be 1 GHz. It should be capable of carrying out 32-bit or 64-bit processing.

Random Access Memory

RAM decides how efficient you could run applications on your computer. With higher RAM, you can run multiple programs simultaneously without lag. In order to run Windows 8, the minimum RAM should be 1 GB for the 32-bit version or 2 GB for the 64-bit version.

Hard disk

The hard disk of your computer should have a free space of at least 16 GB in order to install the 32-bit version of Windows 8. 64-bit version of Windows 8 requires 4 GB of additional space, which is 20 GB.

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Graphics card

Unlike the earlier operating systems from Microsoft, Windows 8 comes with a dual interface. The various graphical animations and working of the apps in the operating system would be perfect only with a good graphics driver. Windows 8 requires a graphics driver that supports DirectX 9 graphics with WDDM 1.0.

Most of the Windows XP computers may not fulfill these Windows 8 requirements. This is because Windows XP was a much lighter operating system and required only less configuration. It is advisable that you calculate the cost of upgrading the hardware components first; if you find that this cost almost equals buying a new computer, go for a computer that has Windows 8 preinstalled in it. Users can also upgrade their Windows 8 operating systems to Windows 8.1 with the free upgrade option provided by Microsoft.

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A Brief Look At The Development Of Windows 8

Windows 8 Milestone

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We have the latest Windows operating system Windows 8.1 on our laptops and desktops but mostly we never care to know about the various milestones in the making of this OS. Evaluating each Windows 8 milestone in detail is not that easy. However, I am happy to give you a brief account of the various milestones in the making of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

We should understand that Microsoft started working on Windows 8 immediately after the launch of Windows 7, back in 2009. We got the final version of Windows 8 in 2012 and Windows 8.1 in 2013. The latest major update to the OS was rolled out in April, 2014. Microsoft reveals that it had multiple phases before releasing Windows 8 in 2012.

Each Windows 8 milestone had a special purpose and the move to the next milestone was done only after the purpose of the previous milestone was achieved. A brief account of the major milestones is described below.

M1 (Milestone One)

Microsoft releases the prototype of Windows 8 to select internet testers in the month of October, 2010.

M2

The first beta version (B1) of Windows 8 is released to select testers. This is the first time that Microsoft is not rolling out the beta version to the public.

M3 (July 2011)

Microsoft is almost done with developing the second beta version of the operating system. However, the tech giant does not roll this out to the public for unknown reasons.

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Milestone 4

In fact, Milestone 4 is the final Release To Manufacturers (RTM) release. It took place in August 2012, two months prior to the OS was made generally available.  Microsoft released the final version of Windows 8 to the public in October 2012. Three different phases took place between M3 and M4, which are not included in the milestones. These phases are the developer preview release in September 2011, Consumer Preview release (final beta) in February 2012 and Enterprise Preview that took place in June 2012.

Despite all these efforts, Microsoft was severely criticized for depriving Windows 8 of traditional as well as modern features. The tech giant released a major update to the OS in August 2013. The update titled Windows 8.1 addressed many problems that Windows 8 suffered. In April 2014, the Redmond giant released the latest update to the OS. It is reported that Microsoft is currently working on the next major upgrade to Windows 8.1, codenamed Windows threshold.

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