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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 Luticus on 1/9/2013 11:45:38 AM , Rating: 0
All the hate is for the "Metro" UI, pretty much nothing else. I find people who try Windows 8 and still hate it are the same people who take one look at the start screen and immediately decide to install some stupid stat8 type program without giving it a real chance. I miss Aero glass, I miss the advanced appearance dialogue, I miss "flicks" and long for custom gestures, I miss the start button (NOT the start menu). These are minor gripes. While they are my legitimate list of complaints, I'm not so stupid as to forsake an entire OS, which is absolutely better when taken as a whole, over items as trivial as these.


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.


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