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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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just a thought
By NellyFromMA on 1/9/2013 6:28:33 PM , Rating: 2
Food for thought if you will... I often see on DT this reference that windows 8 adoption is lower than Vista.

I wonder if its possible because many people feel little reason to upgrade to Windows 8. They already have the best selling desktop operating system. Also, is that a percentage being referenced? If so, how many more PCs have to be upgraded with Windows 8 to meet the percentage you are comparing to when referencing Vista's adoption rate? If it's a larger pool then by nature its harder to claim the same percentage.




RE: just a thought
By km4c on 1/9/2013 9:24:49 PM , Rating: 2
I think that is the case. I really like Windows 8 on my new PC that I built, but I am not upgrading my old system that runs Windows 7 that I gave to my 10 year old son, or the system before that I gave to my wife that is running windows vista, or my old laptop that is running windows Xp. Because they all still run fine. They will all run almost any app that I need to run on them. So get Windows 8 if you are getting a new PC, but I see no need to upgrade Windows 7. Probably should upgrade the Vista machine, but It still runs great. Will wait for it to go caput, and then get my wife a new PC with Win 8.


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