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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: again contradictory numbers
By Luticus on 1/9/2013 11:30:08 AM , Rating: 1
But metro is not about me. Vast majority of people who think win 8 UI is horrific are all power user or heavy user like you and I. I hate win 8 ui when i have a lot of stuff to do.

Speak for yourself; I use Windows 8 primarily on a desktop driven by mouse and keyboard. I also have a Windows 8 tablet that I sometimes use. Personally I like windows 8 better on a desktop and less on a tablet. Multi-tasking is as easy as it ever was in Windows 7 as I use the start screen as nothing more than a quick start menu. Press Windows key, type what I want, press enter. That's pretty much EXACTLY how I used Windows 7. I never dig through the "all programs" menu. I instead pin things I use most frequently to my taskbar and anything else want quick access to but don't want to have to see all the time to my start menu. How has that changed? You actually bothered to dig through "all programs" all the time? Really? Ewww..

RE: again contradictory numbers
By Luticus on 1/9/2013 11:34:29 AM , Rating: 2
Hummm, probably should have read a bit more thoroughly before commenting... that's what I get for posting from a phone I suppose. Kind of wishing for a delete button. My apologies, I meant no offense.

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