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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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again contradictory numbers
By superPC on 1/8/2013 7:00:38 PM , Rating: 2
Again what MS is saying contradict what OEM are saying.

I think metro is the worst UI in windows history. But metro is not about me. Vast majority of people who think win 8 UI is horrific are all power user or heavy user like you and I. I hate win 8 ui when i have a lot of stuff to do. Having brought up start screen that obscured all that i'm working on just to launched something to support what i'm working on is jarring & uncomfortable. Having stuff that has to run full screen, half screen, 1/3 screen or 2/3 screen is highly limiting (i'm talking about metro apps obviously).

Then I gave an Iconia w510 to my parents & they loved it. They got to do the stuff they usually does with a better interface and more mobile device. Than i realize it's more fun to use start screen and metro apps for fun stuff.

Win 8 UI is awesome for a majority of regular jane and joes. The only problem is pricing. It's priced way to high. Wait a while when we have Haselwell and Silvermont/ValleyView with better performance and better power consumption. At that time maybe dell, acer, hp, lenovo, toshiba, sony, and all the other would realize that just because it has a touchscreen doesn't mean it can be sold at ipad level of pricing, even if it has better performance and power consumption.

PC is always about quantity over pricing. If last year anyone can buy core i3 laptop at ipad price than it should also be true this year even if the i3 has a touchscreen and win 8. The sooner they realize that, the better it is for them.

And 100 million windows 8 apps downloaded in 2 months is awesome. Apple appstore just past 40 billion download but that takes 5 years (from the first iphone sold). Windows 8 apps are well on their way there i think

RE: again contradictory numbers
By Luticus on 1/9/2013 11:30:08 AM , Rating: 1
But metro is not about me. Vast majority of people who think win 8 UI is horrific are all power user or heavy user like you and I. I hate win 8 ui when i have a lot of stuff to do.

Speak for yourself; I use Windows 8 primarily on a desktop driven by mouse and keyboard. I also have a Windows 8 tablet that I sometimes use. Personally I like windows 8 better on a desktop and less on a tablet. Multi-tasking is as easy as it ever was in Windows 7 as I use the start screen as nothing more than a quick start menu. Press Windows key, type what I want, press enter. That's pretty much EXACTLY how I used Windows 7. I never dig through the "all programs" menu. I instead pin things I use most frequently to my taskbar and anything else want quick access to but don't want to have to see all the time to my start menu. How has that changed? You actually bothered to dig through "all programs" all the time? Really? Ewww..

RE: again contradictory numbers
By Luticus on 1/9/2013 11:34:29 AM , Rating: 2
Hummm, probably should have read a bit more thoroughly before commenting... that's what I get for posting from a phone I suppose. Kind of wishing for a delete button. My apologies, I meant no offense.

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