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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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I BOUGHT ONE!
By stm1185 on 1/9/2013 4:09:35 PM , Rating: 2
I do 3D image work, Zbrush, Maya, Photoshop, and a lot gaming. I use 2 DEll 2713 monitors, and I love Windows 8.

Why?

Because the Desktop UI is better, it is cleaner, it presents information better. File transfer dialog is AWESOME! The task manager is a masterpiece. The clean hard edged windows, first time since XP! Getting work done in 8 is more effective then 7 with the explorer update.

It runs smoother, it boots quicker, after spending the $5 on Stardocks Start button replacement, it allows me to work as I did in Win7. I never see or use the Start Screen. You don't have too. $5 at Stardock sends it to hell.

It's an upgrade well worth the $45 price point.




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