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Windows 8 Forums Surveys 50K Users

I’m a big fan of the various Windows Forums sites, including those for Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. They offer a great set of how-to’s and tutorials for all kinds of interesting and widely-followed topics on installation, tweaking and tuning, and working with specific system components (graphics cards, SSDs, eSATA, USB 3.0, and so forth). On Wednesday, September 26, 2012, Windows 8 Forums published a survey of 50,000 of their members on feelings and reactions to the company’s emerging flagship Windows 8 OS, as well as earlier versions. While the audience is by no means composed of enterprise IT types (its population probably includes less that 25% of such people), the survey results do paint an interesting picture of the current Windows landscape and users’ attitudes toward the various Windows versions available (or soon to be commercially released).

Here’s a list of responses that shows how survey takers feel about Windows 8:

Top 9 positives about Windows 8 from forum respondents.

Top 9 positives about Windows 8 from forum respondents.

But probably the most cited and illuminating responses from this group come in the elements of the system where forum members sought improvements:

The dislikes generated less heat, but still indicate issues for MS to address.

The dislikes generated less heat, but still indicate issues for MS to address.

Overall just over half (53%) of respondents cited Windows 7 as their favorite Windows system, with Windows 8 capturing only one-quarter (25%) on that question, almost tied with XP at one-fifth (20%). Clearly, Windows 8 still has some ways to go to catch up with its ever-popular predecessor.

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