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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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Lies...Lies and ...
By TheJian on 1/10/2013 7:29:58 AM , Rating: 2
If this was true market share wouldn't show 1.7%...Besides that, a lic sold doesn't mean you're running it. Almost purchased a copy of win8 myself just for the future. But then used it and decided it would never be dominant. On top of that it was easily discerned business would ignore this OS. Finally, the leak of Win9 info for 2013 or whatever they call it means they realize the blunder and this OS will be pointless in less than a year or so. Even if win9 is late it will be 2014.

No matter what they do, they have to change the name and offer something else to get sales back up. They will never convince all the people who currently have already formed their opinion on win8 that it's fixed. This forces a new name and release. It's extremely difficult to recover from the amount of bad press a product has in the wild like the amount of hate on win8. It's not just users, companies like Valve are spewing hate. Companies like Dell/HP are blaming win8 for poor sales. You can't fix comments like that in the wild. The entire world has read this stuff. You're not going to convince users on a mass scale that all of these companies are fools. They are all huge names. Gamers know Valve (probably even who Gabe Newell is), and everyone knows who HP/Dell are. That press doesn't just blow away, even if they returned start menu etc and disabled the metro ui they'd have issues getting the message across. This is the risk you take when you force something people don't want. News gets out (if you can't stop it) and everybody runs for life (as in their entire life...LOL). They won't come back.

Most people that know how, buy a PC with this and downgrade shortly after or the numbers would be higher on market share & sales, not just sales (and I don't even believe that). Business lics are installing win7 seconds after the pc gets in the door via image. It takes minutes. They claim a sale for every copy on a PC, but business reverts easily. This is all just a bunch of lies. Home users have stopped buying (the 20% of the market or so) and business just rolls out 7/xp. Thus market share sucks. Rightly, the people checking market share check the numbers IN USE. Not the number MS says they SOLD.

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