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Windows 7 Handily Bests Windows 8 And 8.1's Minute Market Share Gains In November
November was not a good month for Microsoft's Windows 8.x operating system according to Net Applications, with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 collectively gaining a mere 0.05% points of market share during the period. Windows 8 fell 0.87% to 6.66% global market share. Windows 8.1 managed to grow by 0.92%.
The total gain of 0.05% is a weak figure. The main competitor to Windows 8.x, Windows 7, spanked its homegrown rival in November. As The Next Web's Emil Protalinski pointed out earlier today, “Windows 7 grabbed 0.22 percentage points (from 46.42 percent to 46.64 percent). In November, Windows 7 thus managed to gain more share than Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 combined.” That 0.22% is more than four times the aggregate growth curve for Windows 8.x during the month.
And about the Start Menu, I think it was the best shortcut menu ever created. Why did they kill it?I haven't used the Start menu since XP. In Windows Vista and 7 you can hit the Windows key and start typing what you're looking for. Type one or two letters and you usually can find what you need. This works in Windows 8 as well. It's a huge time saver. I don't see any need for a Start menu at all.
Another disadvantage of win8 is that it's less customizable.Windows 8 is less customizable? How so? I can do everything I could on Windows 7.
I loved XP, and when vista came out I just hated it.Vista was a great OS if you had the right hardware. It was a resource hog, but it had a lot of the Windows 7 security and usability features.I used it on my primary workstation until Windows 8 came out. It was a very capable, stable OS for me.