Microsoft's current operating system trails well behind its predecessor in sales

Windows 8 was billed as a next generation operating system that would meld together the PC and tablet worlds. In the end, however, the operating system did more to infuriate users than to bolster the sales of new PCs and Windows-based tablets.
Things have gotten so bad that even long-time, diehard champions of the Windows platform like Paul Thurrott have turned on Windows 8 and Microsoft’s design direction with the operating system.

Windows 8.1
With that said, Microsoft is still optimistic with regards to sales of Windows 8, and released the following statement this week to ZDNet:
Windows 8 has surpassed 200 million licenses sold, and we continue to see momentum. This number includes Windows licenses that ship on a new tablet or PC, as well as upgrades to Windows 8. The figure does not include volume license sales to enterprise. Windows is a central part of life for more than 1.5 billion people around the world, and we are looking forward to the future.
200 million licenses sold is an incredible feat, but it puts Windows 8 well behind its predecessor, Windows 7. It has taken Windows 8 15 months to hit the 200 million licenses sold mark; Windows 7 hit the 240 million mark in just 12 months.
Many will point to the downward trend in PC sales as a reason for the drop in Windows 8 sales. Others will point to the fact that the meteoric rise in tablets sales is also affecting Windows 8 sales.

Microsoft Surface Pro 2
However, that second point just reinforces the fact that Microsoft’s efforts with tablets (be it tablets running Windows 8 or Windows RT) aren’t picking up the slack for the laggard PC market. While Apple and Google are seeing steady gains with tablets running iOS and Android respectively, Microsoft still hasn’t cracked the code on how to get consumers to embrace its Surface tablets (or even its partners’ Windows 8-based tablets).

Source: ZDNet

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