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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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RE: Why does MS keep "announcing" sales #'s?
By jcherrybon on 1/9/2013 11:19:14 AM , Rating: -1
All the hate for Windows 8 is odd. It's just plain better than Windows 7, to put it simply. I think people get too hung up on the "metro" interface and apps and judge it based on that. I spend zero time in the metro interface and use none of the metro apps. If you aren't running windows 8 on a tablet type device, then the new start menu and pre-installed metro apps aren't for you. Hit Windows key + D and get out of there for good. Put all of your commonly used apps on your task bar. It's that simple.

I think Microsoft should provide an option to boot directly to the desktop instead of the start screen to help ease desktop users into the new OS. That might improve perception some for the people who refuse to give the OS a chance because they seem to think it's only made for touch screens.

I also think a lot of the harsh judgement against Windows 8 is that it's not a huge revolutionary leap forward, like going from Windows 98 to Windows XP. Microsoft has stated several times that they are moving to a more frequent release cycle so you won't see huge changes like that anymore, at least from version to version. Windows 98 was a pretty solid improvement over Windows 95 yet many people saw it as a useless release at the time.

Windows 8 is cheap. It boots up much faster. They heaviily improved a lot of the built in tools like file copy, task manager, search etc...
It has a tickless kernel.

What's not to like? Perception is a funny thing....


RE: Why does MS keep "announcing" sales #'s?
By Luticus on 1/9/13, Rating: 0
By Argon18 on 1/9/2013 4:21:48 PM , Rating: 4
Unfortunately no, it isn't better than its competition, or even the prior versions of itself. Add the useless clumsy GUI, and you've got one real turd of an OS.


By HackSacken on 1/9/2013 11:45:58 AM , Rating: 2
I couldn't agree with you more, and well said. Not sure how this isn't a 5.


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