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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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Apps downloaded is a better measure of success
By cannonac on 1/9/2013 5:15:05 AM , Rating: 2
60 million licenses sold and 100million downloads from the App store.

That works out at less than 2 apps per license.

If you think that, on average, a Google handset/tablet has at least 20 apps downloaded to it (finger in the air figure, so it could be far higher), that means that only 5 million devices have been sold.

Admitedly, I'm assuming that a Windows 8 user is going to download the same sort of apps and at the same rate as an Android user, but apps downloads is going to be a fair indicator to the actual devices in use.

Maybe we could have a survey to find out how many apps people have downloaded to their devices and include iOS, Android and Windows?

By Luticus on 1/9/2013 11:18:30 AM , Rating: 2
but apps downloads is going to be a fair indicator to the actual devices in use

No it won't because there's many more desktop apps that are much better than apps in the "app store" which people already own. I have windows 8 on several devices from a twin 6 core Xeon with 32 GB of RAM all the way down to an old Acer Icona W500 tablet that I upgraded. I can tell you one thing, over 95% of the “apps” I use every day are on the desktop and I pretty much only use Skype and Netflix “Metro” apps on a regular basis. I've MAYBE downloaded 20 apps because 90% of the Metro apps either generally suck or I have a desktop app which is far better that I already own. Of all the apps that I've downloaded on Windows 8, I have yet to pay for a single one. Most of them are tested and then promptly removed. To be fair, I have only ever paid for one "app" since the advent of the smart phone: Tasker for Android. The only app worth paying for, ever, hands down! On Android I have downloaded several apps, 90% of them also get removed as quickly as they are installed. Because I have no alternative (Android doesn't have "desktop apps") I have to rely on often crappy sub-standard "apps" to get what I need done. Don't get me wrong, Android, Windows 8, and even IOS has some great apps out there. Despite what people are saying the ecosystems are very similar: a few winners, a whole LOT of losers!

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