Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Nov 2012 15:17 UTC
Windows "As we pass the one month anniversary of the general availability of Windows 8, we are pleased to announce that to-date Microsoft has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses. Tami Reller shared this news with industry and financial analysts, investors and media today at the Credit Suisse 2012 Annual Technology Conference. Windows 8 is outpacing Windows 7 in terms of upgrades." Not bad, but there are the usual asterisks, as Ars notes.
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by UltraZelda64 on Wed 28th Nov 2012 15:36 UTC
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But how many of those "licenses" were actually bought for upgrading or installing on an previous machine?

Microsoft needs to differentiate "full/upgrade" installs from PCs that come loaded with the latest OEM version of Windows with no other choice. Until then, their numbers are meaningless, as always. Obviously all the OEMs are going to go out and buy millions upon millions of licenses of the latest Windows to stick on their machines and call it a feature and claim that their system is fully up to date, but what about normal Windows users--the end user, not the middleman?

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