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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: Sold <> In Use
By jcherrybon on 1/9/2013 11:31:38 AM , Rating: 4
Windows 7 was at the stability of Windows XP a long time ago. Windows 8 is there as well, if not better.

People will cling to Windows XP forever, apparently.


RE: Sold <> In Use
By wordsworm on 1/11/2013 4:17:01 PM , Rating: 2
I'd say Windows 8 is the first OS MS has made that is actually better than XP. Windows 7 was basically Windows XP, but updated properly and with the perks of Vista. Anyone who gives me a slow PC is at risk of getting the W8 upgrade. $40 for a like-new PC that's better than it was when it was new.

The problem is that most folks on the net writing articles about it haven't really done their homework. I'd like to see some real studies comparing boot times and "response" heuristic tests. But no one has done them: Not even Anandtech or Tom Shardware. I still can't believe people haven't figured out for themselves how amazing W8 is.


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