How exactly do you measure success? And how do you do so when you're a
company as large as Microsoft
? With a monumental market share lead in
the desktop OS market, it's not like a major competitor will be jumping
up and stealing their crown tomorrow, but there's no doubt that Windows 8
has a lot riding on it. Windows
Vista wasn't viewed positively, and
while Windows 7 was praised, there is a lot of changing going on in
Windows 8 that the jury is still out on. Still, a whopping one million
people downloaded Microsoft's Windows 8 Consumer Preview edition in the
24 hours following the company's announcement, and that's no small feat.
One million is a ton of people in just a single day, and while it's
safe to assume that nearly all of that bunch were enthusiasts, that's
still a ton of loyal people willing to try out new software. Windows 8
still has a lot to prove, yes, but one thing is clear: people are at
least interested in it, if not outright excited by its prospects.