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Tami Reller  (Source: winsupersite.com)
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.

However, 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).

Source: All Things D



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RE: orly?
By wordsworm on 2/5/2013 1:34:00 PM , Rating: 3
Windows 8 is better than Windows 7. I can boot, shut down, and reboot my Win 8 PC 2-3x faster than a Windows 7 machine with an SSD. When I was looking for a new PC, basically I took two laptops side by side, shut them down, and started them up. When I saw W8 boot in 4-5 seconds while the W7 chugged along after about 30 seconds, I was sold on W8.

I'm not sure what you're referring to about resizing your windows. I don't know how you're doing it (or not doing it). It doesn't seem any different than before. The only things that are different, really, is that the start button is now a start screen.

I have a 23" touchscreen, but I rarely use the touch feature.

There have been a few things I had to relearn... I even had to go back to create an ad hoc server in command prompt because it's no longer a clickable option. But you know, it can still be done and it wasn't really that hard. Maybe that's because I've been using PCs since before there was Windows...?

The biggest gripe I have with W8 is that they have a closed garden apps section. I don't like closed gardens. That's why I don't like Apple. But, W7 didn't even have a separate apps section, and the rest of W8 is business as usual.

W8 is their best OS. W7 was good... very stable and solid. W8 was a bit unsteady in the first few weeks that I had it, crashing and what-not, but that's typical for early adopters. Now it's rock solid and doesn't crash.

I think if you had no OS other than W8 for awhile, and you weren't too scared of learning a few new ways of doing the old things, you'd prefer it after awhile like most of us have. Why it's gotten the bad press is beyond me.


RE: orly?
By DiscoWade on 2/5/2013 2:44:19 PM , Rating: 3
It has gotten bad press because it requires you to unlearn and then relearn how to use Windows. A hammer is not a screwdriver; a tablet is not a laptop or desktop.

Windows 8 can be very good with just one easy fix: PUT A START BUTTON BACK IN! No more unlearning and relearning. And the next thing Windows 8 needs is Aero. Although that is not as important. What we need is the Windows 7 UI with the Windows 8 performance improvements.

Before you start, I have used Windows 8 a lot. I hate it from firsthand experience. I would be grateful to you if you can show me how to open system restore in Windows 8 in three steps like you can in Windows 7 (Start -> type "system restore" -> click System Restore).


RE: orly?
By johnsmith9875 on 2/5/2013 3:22:23 PM , Rating: 5
Putting the Start Button back in would be Microsoft admitting defeat, because they know the tile interface would get ignored, their new apps market would die, and Windows 9 would be Windows 7 again.
They're putting a 2nd mortgage on the house trying to push this pig of an OS.


RE: orly?
By tayb on 2/5/2013 6:17:36 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
It has gotten bad press because it requires you to unlearn and then relearn how to use Windows. A hammer is not a screwdriver; a tablet is not a laptop or desktop.


Except that you don't need to unlearn and relearn anything. The start screen is a full screen start menu with enhanced search capabilities. It took me all over 10 seconds to decipher the complexity of it... No one forces you to use Metro. I don't EVER use it and I spend at least 8-10 hours on a computer at work every single day.

quote:
Before you start, I have used Windows 8 a lot. I hate it from firsthand experience. I would be grateful to you if you can show me how to open system restore in Windows 8 in three steps like you can in Windows 7 (Start -> type "system restore" -> click System Restore).


First off I have to wonder why ANY advanced user would ever consider using system restore. Secondly, are you sure you've used Windows 8? Because the steps to find system restore in Windows 8 are 100% exactly the same as they are in Windows 7... except Windows 8 gives you better restore options.

Hit start button -> type 'restore' (or 'system restore') -> click "Create Restore Point." If you simply type 'restore' you get options to "refresh" your PC or do a 100% fresh re-install... options that don't exist in Windows 7.


RE: orly?
By Mint on 2/8/2013 8:23:36 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Except that you don't need to unlearn and relearn anything. The start screen is a full screen start menu with enhanced search capabilities. It took me all over 10 seconds to decipher the complexity of it... No one forces you to use Metro. I don't EVER use it and I spend at least 8-10 hours on a computer at work every single day.
Precisely.

It just blows my mind that people cannot see this simple fact through the bad press. Maybe this is an Apple mentality, where options are bad for everyone if some people don't like them.

Forget Metro. Win8 is a faster, more efficient OS for DESKTOP apps. Every single time I ask someone about what's wrong with Win8, it's either something that's the same in Win8 like the guy you replied to, or they point to Metro like they're a catholic being forced to watch gay porn.


RE: orly?
By Wererat on 2/5/2013 7:11:22 PM , Rating: 2
1. Mouse to upper-right or upper left and click 'search';
2. Type 'system restore';
3. Click system restore.
(the same applies to every other application you have installed, but also works simultaneously with Win8 apps and files)


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