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  (Source: Associated Press)
Some OEMs, however, still aren't seeing big demand for Microsoft's new touch-centric operating system

Back in November, Microsoft announced that it had sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses, outpacing the sales performance of its predecessor, Windows 7. Today, just over a month later, Microsoft announced that it has sold 60 million Windows 8 licenses (upgrades and licenses sold to OEMs), once again outpacing Windows 7. It took Windows 7 a little over three months to cross the 60 million licenses sold threshold.
While the large number of licenses sold is definitely good news, a recent report suggests that actual usage figures for Windows 8 are below that of Windows 7 at the same point in its release cycle and is actually tracking below that of the much-maligned Windows Vista operating system. Simply put, 60 million licenses sold doesn't mean that there are actually 60 million Windows 8 devices out there in the hands of consumers and business.
This backs up the assertion from some outlets and OEMs that Windows 8 sales have been rather "meh".
“There was not a huge spark in the market," said Emmanuel Fromont, head of Acer's American division. “It’s a slow start, there’s no question.” ASUS CFO David Chang stated, "Demand for Windows 8 is not that good right now." And Fujitsu's President added that Windows 8 demand was "weak".
On the app front, Microsoft announced that customers have downloaded over 100 million apps from the Windows Store.

Sources: Microsoft, AllThingsD

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You have to see this
By Tony Swash on 1/8/2013 6:48:47 PM , Rating: 2

This was definitely the CES Keynote that Hunter S Thomson should have covered.

We were somewhere around Ballmer on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like "I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should tweet…" And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was full of what looked like huge phablets, all swooping and screeching and diving around the keynote, which was going about a hundred miles an hour with the top down to dark end of CES. And a voice was screaming: "Holy Jesus! What are these goddamn devices?"

I wish I had been there. Stoned.

RE: You have to see this
By Brandon Hill on 1/8/2013 6:58:26 PM , Rating: 2
LMFAO!!!!! I was at Sony, so I missed it. Wow, that looks sooooo much more awesome :)

RE: You have to see this
By retrospooty on 1/9/2013 7:21:23 AM , Rating: 2
LOL... Should I tell him about the sales #'s? No, the poor bastard'll see them soon enough.

Tony, your pretty damn cool when you get your head out of the iCloud. ;)

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