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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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Sad to say I account for a couple licenses
By kmartshopper on 1/8/2013 11:59:31 PM , Rating: 2
When I get time I'm putting Windows 7 back on this laptop. It flies with Windows 7 installed, but with Windows 8 it's literally a snail at times. Bootup is slow, waking from sleep is slow, and Metro is resource-hungry.

There's honestly nothing of genuine interest to me about Windows 8, and I can't avoid the constant nagging subtleties of the system that in all make it feel slower and less user-friendly than it's predecessor.

The desktop is the true hub of the OS, even when trying to use Metro as intended. Programs shoot you to the desktop constantly, making you wonder why the Metro interface even exists besides to torment and make it's users suffer.

I'm a power user, but I can't even vouch for this OS for casual users.




By InsGadget on 1/9/2013 6:07:26 AM , Rating: 1
My experience upgrading my Win7 laptop to Win8 has been exactly the opposite. There's almost nothing I dislike about Win8, and the upgrade experience has been the smoothest yet. No compatibility issues, and once I realized the Metro screen was really just a glorified start menu, things became a lot easier.

To each their own.


By jcherrybon on 1/9/2013 11:28:26 AM , Rating: 2
I also had the exact opposite experience. Windows 8 boots up way faster than windows 7 and the difference is more pronounced on older hardware. It is as fast or faster than windows 7 at every single task I've used it for.

I think your issue is that you are trying to use the metro apps. Those are for tablet devices. Use normal apps and you won't have to go full screen to use an app and then go back to the desktop to interact with the desktop. You know, exactly like windows 7.

Microsoft did a poor job of educating users on the metro interface (for tablets) vs the desktop interface. That's probably the biggest mistake they made with Windows 8 and is what turns people off.

I honestly see no compelling reason to stay with windows 7 over windows 8 but definitely see (and have experienced) benefits going to windows 8.


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