The stat that’s going to get the most attention from the public is that Windows 7 is still getting 53% of respondents to peg it as their preferred OS. Windows 8 slides in at 25%. That shouldn’t be too surprising: we’re all very familiar with the Windows 7 interface. Window 8 has a new UI and there’s bound to be a getting-to-know you period for many users – even for some who have tried the preview version. It’s pretty typical for changes to the Windows UI to cause a minor furor that dissipates several months after the OS is released.
Interestingly, the Windows 8 interface isn’t the biggest problem for many users. According to Windows 8 Forums, 35% of respondents pointed to the price as being a big issue for them. With pricing looking to be about $200 for people who don’t take advantage of the $40 upgrade, many respondents aren’t pleased.
Windows 8 Forums also notes that Windows 8 Surface got positive reactions from its readers, with 35% liking Windows 8 Surface as the tablet for them. It will be interesting to see how the numbers change (or don’) six months from now, when the dust is settling.