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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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Heavy Discounts
By jt63 on 1/8/2013 7:45:20 PM , Rating: 5
During the holidays, Newegg was selling the Win 8 Pro upgrade for $30 after rebate. When was the last time you saw the Pro version of a Windows upgrade priced that low? I'm talking without needing to by a PC first. It seemed like Newegg wanted those things gone at any price.




RE: Heavy Discounts
By vapore0n on 1/9/2013 7:51:09 AM , Rating: 3
More like, whoever is paying for that rebate wants them sold.

Hey, its an easy way to sell and claim numbers.


RE: Heavy Discounts
By Sazabi19 on 1/9/2013 8:18:10 AM , Rating: 2
And this is exactly why so many were sold outside of OEMs. Hell even I looked at it went... well, $40 to see if it's any good and have a fully legal OS on standby... Sure! Had this have been the normal $200-$400 there would have been no way in hell I would have gotten one, and I think many others share that view. If 7 ultimate x64 was only $40 I would buy another one of those right now. I already have XP Pro, XP Pro x64, Vista Business, Vista Ultimate, 7 Ultimate, and 8 Pro. The XPs aren't on my machines anymore, my brother is using my Vista Ultimate, and I just rolled from 8 back to 7; One of my better decisions.


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