Quick Note: Microsoft Announces 60 Million Windows 8 Licenses Sold
January 8, 2013 5:30 PM
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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.
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If anyone still wondering about the contradiction number, here's the explanation
1/8/2013 10:10:34 PM
upgrades and licenses sold to OEMs
those 60 million licenses IS what Microsoft sold to OEMs under contract like usual. But, in the real market, there still a handful of real user who bought them from the OEM (with the hardware they are installed of course. That makes those license ends up still on OEM inventory, hence makes the contradictory between the real number of licenses goes to the end user and between the one Microsoft sold to OEMs
RE: If anyone still wondering about the contradiction number, here's the explanation
1/9/2013 10:40:29 AM
I'm sure MS offered OEMs hefty discounts if they bought 3,6,9, or even 12 months worth of OS licenses up front. All to con the ignorant twits. If they sold THAT many, it must be good.
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