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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RE: maybe OEMs need their own commercials?
1/9/2013 8:11:38 AM
I don't really think it matters. It's not the hardware that is bothering people and putting them off, it's the OS. Just last night I put 7 back on my machine after using 8 since RT. Bought a license for 8 for $40, decided that was an ok price to try it. Now I have a spare OS if I ever need it. I do miss the faster start/shutdown speeds but that is honestly it. Didn't use any of the other features that I was aware of so it wasn't that big of a deal to me. Installed Windows 8 Start Menu a few weeks after I installed it and that helped out. Hated Metro, no Aero, going back to that idiotic start screen when I wanted to do other things. You get used to the way it runs and where the menus and everything else are, but I didn't like it after several months use. Hopefully the sales bomb and MS realizes they messed up and will rethink their next iteration. If the next is like 8 I may be on 7 for a while which is sad, I've had every OS since XP (not a lot I know) and was always an early adopter, I like Vista much more than 8, then and now.
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