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[2]: Pathetic
by zima on Sat 1st Dec 2012 09:45 UTC in reply to "RE: Pathetic"
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So for over 3 billion people a cell phone (smart of dumb) is not only an unreachable luxury, but the least of their worries.
Of the 3 billion people who do not live in abject poverty, a significant fraction live in developing countries, where only a relatively small percentage make enough money to be able to afford a non-vital commodity like a really fancy smart phone.

Though there is something like 6 billion mobile subscribers by now; evidently the impoverished also see value in having a mobile phone (of course, most likely one which can be had for 15€ or so)

Yes, quite a few of those 6 billion subscribers is because of people having more than one mobile. But apparently there's also an opposite dynamic at work: in some places, it is customary for a family or even village to share one mobile phone.
Those two possibly largely balance each other out...

Edited 2012-12-01 09:47 UTC

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