Report: 59 Million Windows 8 Devices Have Been Activated Since Launch
May 13, 2013 3:33 PM
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Microsoft won't say exactly how many windows 8 machines are being used
Not too long ago Microsoft was bragging that it had sold
100 million licenses
for Windows 8. While the software giant was happy to say how many licenses that have sold, it's not offering any details on exactly how many of those licenses have been activated and how many copies of Windows 8 are in use. This is a question analytics firm Moor Insights & Strategy recently tackled.
Analyst Patrick Moorhead stated, "The challenge is figuring out what that [100m licenses sold] actually means. It doesn't mean that there are that many devices out the door."
According to the analytics firm, copies of Windows 8 sold to OEMs make up the bulk of the 100 million licenses sold. However, the 100 million mark excludes copies of Windows 8 sold to the enterprises as part of the volume licensing agreement.
Moorhead estimates that only 59 million Windows 8 devices are actually in use. That means that a little less than half of all of those 100 million licenses sold that Microsoft likes to brag about our sitting in a warehouse somewhere unused.
"How many Windows 8 PCs have sold and are being used?" asked Moorhead, arguing that that was a more accurate representation. "No specific news from Microsoft [on that] is bad news, because if it was good news, Microsoft would be shouting it at the top of their lungs. Instead, Microsoft is thinking they don't want to be persecuted over the number, so they're not saying anything."
Since Microsoft won’t offer specific numbers on how many computers have been activated running Windows 8, the estimate was based on data collected from analytics firm Net Applications.
Windows 8 currently accounts for 4.2% of all Windows PCs according to data collected by the company. The entire Windows ecosystem consists of 1.4 billion machines meaning that 58.6 million are likely to use Windows 8.
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RE: that's about right, I guess
5/14/2013 10:02:33 PM
Because most PC gamers are fairly technical people and are a lot more computer literate than your average user. This tends to mean they are more likely to be power users with a higher skillset. They might not be in IT but they will tend to know their way around a PC. These are the same people who have also been using Windows for a long time because Windows is the primary PC gaming platform, which means they are more inclined to be resistant to changes in usage patterns, unlike the average consumer.
As a gamer myself I have a lot of friends who are the same. I've tried to convince them to try Windows 8 due to some of the advantages, especially things such as DirectFlip for better full-screen windowed performance. None of them want to hear it and just try to make fun of me for using it and constantly claim how much it sucks.
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