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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: maybe OEMs need their own commercials?
By crazyboy1 on 1/9/2013 12:58:08 PM , Rating: 2
People buy iPads (32Gb starting price is $600), and its just a tablet which can only run apps. It is pretty normal for a slim full-experienced computer to be sold $600-1000, you can do so much more than a simple tablet and install real software and do productivity, gaming, and whatever you want.
I think price of $600-1000 is normal/expected for what they are selling.


By TakinYourPoints on 1/10/2013 6:43:34 PM , Rating: 2
The iPad market is a different one from the low-cost PC market. Many people who would buy low-cost PCs wouldn't buy an iPad, and those same people are going to reject more expensive touchscreen PCs.

The issue for Microsoft is that Windows 7 rode the back of cheap PCs, and now here's Windows 8 which is in many ways designed for hardware that costs about twice as much.


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