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IDC: Windows 8 Will Be 'Largely Irrelevant' for PC Users

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IDC analysts figure that Windows 8 will see no upgrade activity from Windows 7.

Last week we heard that Windows 8 was rumored to be hitting public beta in late February of next year. We're also expecting to see more of the operating system during Steve Ballmer's keynote address at the annual consumer electronics show in Las Vegas this coming January. However, if IDC is to be believed, PC users will find the next iteration of Windows 'largely irrelevant.'

All About Microsoft author Mary Jo Foley reports that one of IDC's "Worldwide System Infrastructure Software 2012 Top 10 Predictions" was that "Windows 8 Will Launch with Split Success." Explaining the prediction, IDC analysts say that Windows 8 will be largely irrelevant to those with traditional PCs, adding that they "expect effectively no upgrade activity from Windows 7 to Windows 8 in that form factor." As far as tablets are concerned, IDC believes that Microsoft will be too late to the tablet market to make any real impact.

It's not an entirely surprising prediction when you look at how comfortable users are with Windows 7. While the Windows 8's Metro UI smells a lot like Windows Phone 7 and promises a great interface for tablets and PCs with touchscreen displays, Microsoft has said that if you disable Metro, your Windows 8 desktop is going to look and feel a lot like the one in Windows 7. Throw in the fact that, as Foley points out, many businesses have just finished upgrading to Windows 7 from XP/Vista and it doesn't seem like such a crazy prediction. However, even if IDC is right about upgrades from Windows 7, Microsoft is still going ship a lot of copies of the OS with new PCs that sell after the operating system is released, so it's not all bad.

Do you plan on upgrading to Windows 8? Let us know in the comments below!

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    willard , December 6, 2011 12:13 PM
    I used the Win8 dev preview for about a month. Best OS I've ever used, and it's not just limited to the Metro UI (which takes some getting used to). The whole thing is much more responsive and usable. 7 was good, 8 is great.

    I will absolutely upgrade from 7.
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    murambi , December 6, 2011 12:14 PM
    Hey It handles multi threading slightly better than windows 7 so why not
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    soo-nah-mee , December 6, 2011 12:22 PM
    I've been kind of thinking of W8 being to W7 what Honeycomb was to Gingerbread.
    Maybe W9 will be the Ice Cream Sandwich.
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    mightymaxio , December 6, 2011 12:10 PM
    Ill upgrade anyway, it will only be 25$ when it comes out from my school.
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    willard , December 6, 2011 12:13 PM
    I used the Win8 dev preview for about a month. Best OS I've ever used, and it's not just limited to the Metro UI (which takes some getting used to). The whole thing is much more responsive and usable. 7 was good, 8 is great.

    I will absolutely upgrade from 7.
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    murambi , December 6, 2011 12:14 PM
    Hey It handles multi threading slightly better than windows 7 so why not
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    atikkur , December 6, 2011 12:14 PM
    pertamax gan..
    well.. a new os doesnt mean a new interface. whats more important that a new os must be all stabililty, speed, and bla bla bla..
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    southernshark , December 6, 2011 12:16 PM
    I doubt I'll upgrade until I buy a new TV. In fairness to Microsoft, this product is forward thinking (which is good). While its impact might not be immediate it is laying the foundation for the future, with touchscreen technology and the like. I suspect that even on desktop monitors, we will start to see more limited touch options. And in the future, these options will grow even further as touchscreens are incorporated into many aspects of our homes.
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    rantoc , December 6, 2011 12:18 PM
    Every other windows is experimental with new tech, nothing new. Look at vista that put the foundation to windows7 thats adopted at insane rates in both home to corporations computers worldwide. Much like windows9 will be after win8 put the foundation for it. Expert analyst!? All thats needed is common sense to figure that out!

    Now where is that "expert analyst payment"?
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    soo-nah-mee , December 6, 2011 12:22 PM
    I've been kind of thinking of W8 being to W7 what Honeycomb was to Gingerbread.
    Maybe W9 will be the Ice Cream Sandwich.
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    ujaansona , December 6, 2011 12:23 PM
    I'll love to check it out!
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    Goldengoose , December 6, 2011 12:27 PM
    willardI used the Win8 dev preview for about a month. Best OS I've ever used, and it's not just limited to the Metro UI (which takes some getting used to). The whole thing is much more responsive and usable. 7 was good, 8 is great.I will absolutely upgrade from 7.

    What was the metro interface like once you had gotten used to it? Prefer it over the traditional UI?
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    Anonymous , December 6, 2011 12:30 PM
    Only if it implies a better performance in my main applications and those would be games. Though I haven't tested the developer preview.
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    digiex , December 6, 2011 12:33 PM
    I love it if they integrate the functionality of kinect to Windows 8 in controlling the Metro UI.
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    lucky015 , December 6, 2011 12:38 PM
    Metro to me is irrelevant and all I can say for sure is that if the rest of the OS is like the new start menu then I'm not going to like it...
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    dickcheney , December 6, 2011 12:39 PM
    Ill upgrade if I can COMPLETELY disable Metro.
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    alidan , December 6, 2011 12:39 PM
    ill most likely get a preorder key, as im just moveing to win7 due to ssd and need for 64bit... i will hate that move, but its a necessary evil.

    that said, ill wait till service pack 1 to either upgrade win 7 to it or to pass on it entirely.
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    Anonymous , December 6, 2011 12:43 PM
    Just because it will look the same doesn't mean that there are no improvements in the background. Corporations are never the early adopters; I know companies still running XP.
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    mauller07 , December 6, 2011 12:48 PM
    Typical ignorant comments by the people at IDC, just because there appears to be no difference does not mean they have tweaked and fixed whats contained in the underlying system.

    a big point is the smaller footprint, better multithreading support and greater compartmentalisation of the os allowing more updates to be run without the need for restarts and even releasing smaller updates that target specific areas without having to worry about breaking other parts of the system.
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    zanny , December 6, 2011 12:49 PM
    The problem is a lot of new software will start getting written for the new windows API in html / css, and they won't packport that API to older versions of NT 6. So a lot of the new software in the next half decade on windows machines will be web forms based and won't be usable on older versions, at least for the same purpose.
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    Anonymous , December 6, 2011 12:51 PM
    I've tried the preview and have to agree with this. For casual users that don't care about the Metro interface, it wont be worth the $$$ to upgrade from Windows 7. But for advanced users that know what is going on "under the hood" you gotta love the features and performance of Windows 8. It's been said that we will be able to disable Metro in the final release. I hope this is true because personally, I don't need it on my desktop PC and find it annoying. I know it can be disabled by tweaking it but I'm taking about a real built in option in the final release.
    Now for the tablet market... it's going to be hard to compete with Adroid but I do think Metro is a step in the right direction.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , December 6, 2011 12:52 PM
    alidanill most likely get a preorder key, as im just moveing to win7 due to ssd and need for 64bit... i will hate that move, but its a necessary evil. that said, ill wait till service pack 1 to either upgrade win 7 to it or to pass on it entirely.


    Aboot time!

    On the article topic: Pfff, irrelevant, my a$$! See that marketing of touch-screen AIOs everyone is busy with? Like hell Win8 will be irrelevant! Why do people by iCrap? (Sorry for mentioning Apple in yet another article, but it's a necessary evil) Because it's cool ! Why will people buy AIOs instead of the boring old box they have on/under the table?

    (Of course, poor folks had no idea there're good-looking cases out there, such as Corsair, NZXT or Lian Li ones, but companies thrive on people's ignorance, so no surprise here)





    vs



    Because it's "cool" and "different", and NEVER MIND that extra cash spent on a PC that will do the same thing, it's TEH FUTURE! What do you mean you spent less on a traditional desktop PC that performs better? Mine is ALL IN ONE and that's all that matters and... what do you mean I look like a zombie with my hands stretched towards my screen? Get out of here, you don't understand the innovation behind this thing!

    :D 

    P.S. I understand the mainstream consumer doesn't need more performance for less, but IMO touchscreen AIOs are a stupid waste of money. Get a laptop or get a desktop, or even a tablet, but why, WHY would you use touchscreen on a DESKTOP?! Despite that, many people will "upgrade" to a touchscreen AIO. Because it's "cool". IDC would be right if the "average consumer" wouldn't be a clueless dumba$$.
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    Anonymous , December 6, 2011 1:08 PM
    Wow....so many people were commenting on how win8 is gonna be crap and that they are going to be keeping 7. And now all i see is the opposite. Change!
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