John Rizzo in MacWindows:
Windows 8 is doing significantly worse than Microsoft’s biggest failure, Windows Vista. Five months after its debut last fall, Windows 8 has a 2.67% market share. Windows Vista had 4.52% market share at its 5-month mark. You can run Windows 8 on a Mac, but it seems few want to run it on a PC.
Half the market share in the same time period as Windows Vista, which was plagued with technical issues. What’s the problem?
Windows 8 doesn’t have the technical problems the plagued Vista, including drivers that didn’t work well, weak security features, and sluggish performance. Windows 8 is a reliable OS with good performance and support of hardware that “just works.” Much like Windows 7.
Touch screen PCs don’t seem to be taking off.
The learning curve is steep, and many basic features seem to be a secret, hidden and unlabeled. The touch screen compatibility isn’t reason enough to move from Windows 7.
So, companies avoid Windows 8 not because it’s broken, as was the case with Windows Vista, but because it’s new and different and requires training and, other than touch, doesn’t bring anything valuable to the enterprise or home user.