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Brett Nordquist (Customer Experience Engineer)

Windows 10 Sales

Written on August 28, 2015 by Brett Nordquist

Nearly every day a customer asks me how Windows 10 is doing in terms of sales. It's usually wise to wait a few months to gauge how a new operating system is performing. As much as Microsoft wants everyone to move to Windows 10, it can take time for the hardware makers to test their products and release updated drivers for a new operating system.

Microsoft released Windows 8 to the public just under three years ago. It shouldn't come as a surprise that we didn't see a lot of pent up demand from our customers. We had a few customers who were curious and decided to make the jump, but the vast majority of our customer hit the snooze button on 8 and stuck with 7.

Although I personally recommended most people move to Windows 8, and later 8.1, it's not difficult to see why many people stayed with Windows 7. Microsoft made the odd assumption that Windows desktop users no longer wanted a START menu, and the traditional desktop was pushed aside to make way for large, colorful tiles that might have felt at home on a phone or tablet, but never quite felt right on the desktop. Microsoft attempted to address some of these complaints with subsequent updates, but it was too little too late and Windows 8 never quite caught the interest of our customer base.

Windows 10 has only been available since mid July, but if initial sales are any indication, Microsoft appears to have a hit on its hands. I want to be clear that Windows 10 hasn't come without a few issues surrounding activation and drivers for graphic and sound cards. These issues have mostly been confined to customers upgrading from Windows 7 or 8. New computers ordered with Windows 10 have been solid.

As you can see from the graph, Windows 10 has put Window 8 in a coffin and is already outselling Windows 7. It will be interesting to see if that trend continues because we plan to offer both versions for a while.

Of course, if Windows isn't your thing, we're happy to install Linux for you as well.

*The graph shows the month (June) before 10 went on sale, the month 10 went on sale (July) and the month after (thru Aug 27). Windows 10 didn't officially become available until July 29, but we began offering Windows 10 Inside Preview about a month before the official release.

Tags: Windows, Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Sales

Personally not a fan of 10. Especially with all the security concerns. Will probably stick with 7 until they completely kill support or move to linux if all my stuff somehow works on it with future releases

Posted on 2015-09-02 14:42:56

Do you mean the privacy concerns? I've not seen anything in the way of new security concerns for Windows 10, at least not out of the norm. The privacy options in Windows 10 are many and some are confusing. But it's it's not difficult to turn off most settings that share information or call home to Microsoft. It's not as simple as it could be though.

Posted on 2015-09-02 22:04:16

I would love to see Puget offer a "Privacy Settings" service that will lock down the machine in a more private state so it isn't collecting data all over the places. Similar to a service that removes or shuts down unwanted services or programs.

Posted on 2015-09-03 15:58:05

We are actually already looking to into that! The main trick is that there are a lot of settings, and not everyone would probably want the exact same combination of things. For example, turning off Cortana is one of the privacy steps... but people may like the digital assistant, and be okay with that being on but want other things off. Trying to figure out where we should draw the line, and how we can easily automate those settings changes, is something we need to look at carefully.

Posted on 2015-09-03 16:01:29

maybe just have a set of radio buttons on the customize page that lets the customer set all those with nice help links for more information? I think that would be a good compromise and they could all be bundled under "Privacy Defaults" or something like that. Come to think of it... that would be fantastic and would likely be something that would make the news for Puget.

Posted on 2015-09-04 22:02:09

There would be hundreds of thousands if not millions of combinations to choose from depending on what hardware you have installed and how you use your computer. There are a lot of settings in Windows 10, and it takes some time to go through each one. But there are far too many options and various scenarios for us to build a tool that would configure the optimal setting for each customer. I think Windows 10 is more transparent about these settings than other other version of Windows, including Windows 7.

Posted on 2015-11-14 23:43:34