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: Sad to say I account for a couple licenses
1/9/2013 11:28:26 AM
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.
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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