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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 Argon18 on 1/9/2013 4:55:19 PM , Rating: 2
You're confused if you think the "whole world" runs on Microsoft. Who told you that? The only place where Microsoft is the defacto standard is corporate business IT. You know, the generic corporate desktop for business email, spreadsheets, documents, etc.

No manufacturing facility anywhere runs Microsoft. None of them. They all run mainframes, and embedded devices (usually with a Linux kernel). Most 24/7 databases run on some flavor of unix, AIX, HP-UX, Solaris, or Linux for example.

All 15 stock exchanges in the world run NSK on Tandem NonStop. 100% of all nuclear power generation in the US, and 80% of *all* power generation in the US also runs on NSK. Traffic lights for every intersection in the country runs on QNX, VXworks, or Abassi. The most secure military installations use OpenBSD and other BSD variants.

And lets not forget Mainframe. OS/360, AS/400, MPE, and other mainframes are a multi $Billion dollar market segment.

Heck, even the ancient OS/2 Warp operating system is still in active use, running thousands of ATM bank machines across the country, and also in retail POS systems.

The fact is, aside from the mundane corporate desktop, almost nothing runs on Microsoft.

By retrospooty on 1/9/2013 7:02:53 PM , Rating: 2
I dont think your getting me.

"No manufacturing facility anywhere runs Microsoft. None of them. They all run mainframes, and embedded devices (usually with a Linux kernel). Most 24/7 databases run on some flavor of unix, AIX, HP-UX, Solaris, or Linux for example."

Yes they do, all of them. I come from a supply chain background, beleive me, I know. It's not that there arent databases and some servers on those OS's, but how are hte users connecting to it? Using MS computers. And yes, the business standard is MS Exchange running on MS servers. More work is done via email than any other medium. The other thing is apps. In all of those manufacturing plants, every step of the process is done on MS software. From planning, to procurement to imbound logistics, to inventory to shop floor, to QA to packaging to logistics to reverse logistics to accounting. All running on Windows. The above is true for most companies on Earth including the Foxconn facilities that Make Apple products.

RE: Why does MS keep "announcing" sales #'s?
By brotherbob1 on 1/9/2013 11:47:12 PM , Rating: 2
If i remember right tse n nyse are using windows server not *nix ,I remember a news story on the switch from daily tech/anandtech like a decade ago,Air traffic control runs on windows in the usa,If you remember the computer crash story on daily tech few years ago in la airport.So nothing runs old windows/ms products in the big side of biz is kinda a lie.

By retrospooty on 1/10/2013 7:22:48 AM , Rating: 2
Yup... When I say the whole world runs of Microsoft I'm not speaking literally of course. What that means is that the majority of business does run off of Microsoft in 1 form or another every company uses them. They are by far the dominant force in the enterprise market as well as the PC market. No 1 has ever done what they do. Of course there are other parties Linux, Unix, Sun, Oracle and mainframes too, and a lot of companies use them but it's only part of the picture. Microsoft is the only 1 that does the whole package, and they are firmly entrenched in that.

Let me put it another way... If hypothetically, a single company were to close its doors and disable all of their products like Apple, Oracle, Google, Sun micro, UNIX, any Linux based house, SAP, or any the number of other companies. If one of them we're too close their doors and suddenly deactivated all products, life will go on on... Some customer/companies would stumble and have to figure out another solution, and some would lose money for it. Some might even go out of business... But if MS were to close up and all products deactivated, the entire world's economy would come to a grinding halt. It would literally be the end of the world as we know it. No other company can say that

"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller
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