Windows 8 previews tested on over 16 million PCs

Windows 8 was the widest and most deeply tested OS in Microsoft's history according to Steven Sinofsky, which he believes means that the world is ready for Windows 8 and its new workflow. Seeing as Windows 8 was tested so widely when compared to previous iterations of Windows, it should signify that Windows 8 will be another rock solid OS out of Redmond. 

Microsoft released three 'previews' over the development cycle (Developers, Consumer and Release) and there were 16 million PCs actively participating in these programs to help iron out bugs and perfect the platform. The Release Preview was downloaded 7 million times that and was launched only ~8 weeks ago. 

Windows 8 has been thoroughly tested, to say the least, and it should leave a good impression on consumers from a stability point of view.

You can get Windows 8 starting on October 26th either by upgrading for $39.99 or with the purchase of a new PC. If you buy an eligible Windows 7 PC today, you will be able to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 (U.S.) through the Windows Upgrade Offer.

Source: Microsoft

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I was a beta tester of both Windows Vista & 7 and I've tried all of the preview versions of Windows 8 on my laptop system (Developer, Consumer and Release) running under VirtualBox. However, I am NOT convinced that Windows 8 is ready for the everyday user. The operating system is a significant change from previous versions and there have been numerous hiccups I've experienced even with the latest PreRelease preview. Too many times I've clicked on a tile that fails to load properly and boots back to the Start desktop. Overall the experience is much slower than using Windows 8 and it's obvious that the new UI is designed for touch screens and tablets instead of the traditional keyboard and mouse interface.

I may upgrade one of my systems to Windows 8, but for the moment it seems like something that might be worth waiting for a later version (or Windows 9...)

BTW, I've used EVERY version of Windows since it originally came out and even Windows Me and Vista (which were generally considered failures) had a few features that were improved upon with Windows XP and Windows 7.

I am running Windows 8 Release Preview on three of my five computers. I have one PC in my house that belongs to my parents so it is still running Windows 7/Windows XP Mode, and 1 Mid Year 2010 Mac Mini that is running Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Server Edition. All of the 3 remaining computers are running Windows 8 Release Preview, and I look forward to getting my hands on RTM on August 15th as I still am a Microsoft Tech Net Standard Level Subscriber. P.S. August 15th is my Birthday as well so it should be a very good day.

Using WDP > WCP > WRP since they first came , never had to reinstall any of them (didn't upgrade though). A nice experience

bogas04 said,
Using WDP > WCP > WRP since they first came , never had to reinstall any of them (didn't upgrade though). A nice experience
A nice experience indeed and I hate going to work knowing that I have to use Win7. I did try the restore features at one point ... nothing drastic really just wanted to try them out and it was a fresh install.

georgevella said,
A nice experience indeed and I hate going to work knowing that I have to use Win7.
Haha, true. When I first installed RP, I was really skeptical due to lack of Start menu. But after playing with it for just a couple hours, I was hooked and still am. Had to use Win7 at uni for a project and I was like man, I can't believe I ever liked this ****.

It runs on any pc you throw at it, all the windows 7 programs run fine. For the record I tried putting it on an asus Eeepc 1000HD, problem is the intel 915 card is unsupported so I'm stuck at 800x600 res. But that's expected. The only obstacle is the start screen, which frankly is moot once you get how its supposed to work.

I remember some journalist talking about Win8 in beta was not as popular as Win7 in beta - 16 million users sounds popular to me.

Mr. Dee said,
I remember some journalist talking about Win8 in beta was not as popular as Win7 in beta - 16 million users sounds popular to me.
"Journalist"

Mr. Dee said,
I remember some journalist talking about Win8 in beta was not as popular as Win7 in beta - 16 million users sounds popular to me.

The OS market share percentage was lower than 7. Percentages lie: the total number of computer users increased so even if more people downloaded it the percentage could still be lower. Says nothing for popularity. But that makes for a horrible headline.

Mr. Dee said,
I remember some journalist talking about Win8 in beta was not as popular as Win7 in beta - 16 million users sounds popular to me.

I remember something similar, but I think it was a story about a research firm tracking PCs accessing the internet. I don't know how totally accurate this number is, but...

One has to wonder what MS is basing their numbers off of? Is this number based on the number of registrations? If so, are they counting multiple installations on the same machine, or do they take the MAC address into account and not count multiple installations.

I can tell you that with the tinkering we've done with Win8 on machines here at my workplace, we've done fresh re-installations of Win8 numerous times on the same machines over and over. Each time we had to re-enter the product key, etc, etc.

With that said, I remember doing that with Win7 too, so while what the article said should be taken with a grain of salt, this press release should be too.

siah1214 said,

The OS market share percentage was lower than 7. Percentages lie: the total number of computer users increased so even if more people downloaded it the percentage could still be lower. Says nothing for popularity. But that makes for a horrible headline.

No offense, and I'm being a bit snarky here, and a bit simplistic, but...

I don't think we can disregard percentages because more people are using PCs, and then have people argue that the direction MS is taking with Win8 is justified because of more and more people are shunning PCs for tablets/smart-phones.

Either people are using PCs less and less, or someone's lying. Maybe both are lying.

Oh heck, who really knows...

Mr. Dee said,
I remember some journalist talking about Win8 in beta was not as popular as Win7 in beta - 16 million users sounds popular to me.
i wasn't nearly as interested in putting windows 8 on my laptop as I was with Windows 7 a few years ago. I remember my XP being so slow and horrible i was desperate for an upgrade, and windows 7 provided just that. This time around there was much less incentive to try windows 8, especially since it was heavily touch based.

Condere said,

Is this number based on the number of registrations? If so, are they counting multiple installations on the same machine, or do they take the MAC address into account and not count multiple installations.

I presume they are basing this off unique per-host activations. Activating a reinstall of Windows 8 RP on the same motherboard would receive the same activation response it received prior installs.

So long as they are going by activation metrics, the numbers Microsoft stated are likely accurate.

Kaedrin said,

I presume they are basing this off unique per-host activations. Activating a reinstall of Windows 8 RP on the same motherboard would receive the same activation response it received prior installs.

So long as they are going by activation metrics, the numbers Microsoft stated are likely accurate.

If you say so...

Im being serious, i bet its the case. Windows 8 is not a desktop OS that people will use or like anywhere near as much as Windows 7.

TheBlueRaja said,
Im being serious, i bet its the case. Windows 8 is not a desktop OS that people will use or like anywhere near as much as Windows 7.

I like it more than Windows 7 on a desktop.

TheBlueRaja said,
Im being serious, i bet its the case. Windows 8 is not a desktop OS that people will use or like anywhere near as much as Windows 7.

You don't speak for everyone - who knows, it may end up being a smashing success in the market.

FalseAgent said,

You don't speak for everyone - who knows, it may end up being a smashing success in the market.

Didn't claim to. Let's wait and see.