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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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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.


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