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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RE[6]: Comment by MOS6510
by tylerdurden on Wed 28th Nov 2012 23:47 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510"
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XP was definitively designed with multiprocessing in mind. The NT kernel already supported natively SMP, MMP, and (cc)NUMA years before XP for that matter.

The scheduler and some subsystems have been tweaked through the years, so the newer kernels do appear to behave "faster" for most interactive tasks. Computers keep also getting faster as well.

There were some artificial limitations in the number of cores supported between the "home" (only 1 socket supported) and "pro" versions of XP. But I have used a 16 core workstation using XP, and it ran SMP workloads like a champ.

Edited 2012-11-28 23:50 UTC

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