We’ve seen “doom and gloom” Windows 8 surveys before. Most of these have been pretty small and only involved a few thousand people. Now a new survey from Avast has shown up, which polled 1.6 million users of its antivirus software the day before the Windows 8 launch. They received 350,000 responses. Of these respondents, 135,329 of them were from users within the United States.
About 22 percent of those taking the poll were still on Windows XP, 65 percent were on Windows 7 and just 8 percent were on Windows Vista. So what was the overall response? Six out of 10 were aware of Windows 8, but only 9 percent said they were eager to buy a new machine right away just to get Windows 8. More than 70 percent said they will continue using the same OS they already have for the time being.
A small sixteen percent of the U.S. respondents indicated that they were considering a new PC. Of that sixteen percent, 68% of them were interested in a Windows 8 device, though 30 percent planned on replacing their PC with an iPad or other tablet, and 12 percent were considering a Mac.
Is this that bad of news? Not really. Actually, not bad for a new OS. Second, this was done the day before the launch. Sure, 6 of 10 respondents were aware of Windows 8, but how much did they REALLY know about it?
It’s one thing to say you know a new version of Windows is coming, it’s another to understand the changes that came with it. Now that advertising has begun, a similar survey might end up with different results. What do you think of this survey?
Do you use Windows 8 yet?
What are your impressions of Microsoft’s newest OS so far?