Microsoft: Windows 8 Sales "Just Getting Started"
February 5, 2013 6:18 AM
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Now that new touch devices are finally being released, Microsoft expects Windows 8 sales to jump
Windows 8 has taken a lot of criticism since its release last fall, but a Microsoft executive insists that the new operating system is off to "a solid start."
Tami Reller, Microsoft's head of business and marketing for Windows, said that Windows 8 had a bit of a disadvantage in the sales area because many tablet and convertible devices running the new OS weren't available at launch.
“It’s built for a generation of new devices," said Reller. "They didn’t all come for holiday.
"We are really only just getting started. It’s a solid start.”
Last month, Microsoft bragged that it had sold
60 million Windows 8 licenses
. This was great news, considering it took Windows 7 a little over three months to achieve that sales figure.
actual usage figures
for Windows 8 are below that of Windows 7 at the same point in its release cycle and is even
lower than that of Windows Vista
(meaning, 60 million licenses sold doesn't equal 60 million Windows 8 devices out there
But Reller insists that Windows 8 was made for touch devices, not just desktops -- and when more touch devices are released, Windows 8 should see a jump in sales.
Microsoft's first homemade tablet, Surface RT,
hasn't seen amazing sales
either. Just last week,
market research firm iSuppli said Microsoft's Surface RT shipments into the channel for the fourth quarter were about 1.25 million, but sales out of the channel were only about 55-60 percent of that. This equals about 680,000-750,000 unit shipments, which is well below the 1 million mark.
Also, even though the Surface RT was released in the fourth quarter, Microsoft just missed IDC's list of top five vendors in the U.S. tablet market. Apple topped that list for the first time with its iPad.
Microsoft is releasing the Surface with Windows 8 Pro on February 9, which will feature the full version of Windows 8 instead of the Windows RT operating system (a version of Windows 8 for ARM-based tablets only).
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2/5/2013 9:12:51 AM
Ironically, windows 8 desktop mode is the best thing about the new OS. The Metro side is plagued with problems; most of the "apps" are horribly slow, or don't work at all, or crash intermittently. I've had almost no problems getting software to work properly on Windows 8 Pro, and several of the new features enhance the user experience. But if my brand new 3rd gen overclocked quad core with 2400 MHz RAM can't run "apps", how are all those slow tablets and laptops gonna manage it? Microsoft needs to fix those problems quickly if they have any hope at all of dominating the mobile markets
RE: Windows 8
2/5/2013 9:35:25 AM
Try testing using Memtest86, it sounds like you might be having memory corruption issues.
If you are, try clocking down your RAM. You're not going to see much difference between 1600Mhz and anything higher on a 3rd gen i7.
RE: Windows 8
2/5/2013 1:22:14 PM
Exactly what I was thinking also. Sounds like he has an unstable overclock or memory issues. I seriously doubt this is a Windows app issue.
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