Hey Microsoft, I’ve got some great news and bad news for you. The bad news is that people are far less concerned with what operating system their aging hardware is running and more concerned with buying new hardware than trying to make new software run on their old computers. This revelation comes to light through the efforts of a report released by Net Applications. According to Net Applications, devices running Windows 8.x came in just over 10 percent in 10% for December of 2013. Windows 7 still saw small growth measuring in the tune of 0.88%. Windows XP dropped below the 30 percent mark now holding on to 28.98% for the month of December.
So, what the heck is going on and where’s the good news?
Here’s a good explanation: the average run-of-the-mill consumer doesn’t care about their software as much as they care about their hardware. In fact, there’s a stigma that people still believe in that if you put new software on old hardware, it’ll run slower (not to say that this is the case for Windows 7 to 8.x). However, this is also slightly good news for Microsoft. It means that, as more customers trade out their older XP running computers, people will be purchasing devices that run Windows 8.x. The only cloud on the otherwise silver lining is that PC sales are falling and being destroyed by the tablet moment.
Understanding that businesses play a role in adoption as well
Because of the nature of a vast majority of business, specific software is created and maintained for the needed day-to-day operations of a company. These companies spend large amounts of revenue in order to get their software to be able to run on a particular operating system. A great deal of businesses still use Windows XP because of the high reach and development cost to upgrading. Since it can take years of planning to get the software to run on a new version of Windows, even though Windows 8 is out, companies have already started planning on getting their software on Windows 7 long before the conception of Windows 8.