Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 30th Oct 2012 18:10 UTC
Windows Steve Ballmer has just announced that in the first three days of being on sale, more than 4 million people have bought the Windows 8 upgrade. This doesn't count OEM installations or Microsoft's own Surface - just individual upgrades. Definitely a promising start for Windows 8, but then, these are most likely enthusiasts (I'm one of those four million), so we still don't know a whole lot. I'm patiently waiting for the response from regular consumers.
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It's Another Windows 95!!
by benali72 on Tue 30th Oct 2012 18:34 UTC
benali72
Member since:
2008-05-03

Microsoft has long been expert at orchestrating the "sales stampede." I wouldn't put any credibility on any early sales figures they release.

Remember how they convinced US television to show pictures of people waiting in line to buy Windows 95? They're still at it.

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RE: It's Another Windows 95!!
by tylerdurden on Tue 30th Oct 2012 20:01 in reply to "It's Another Windows 95!!"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

Microsoft is not orchestrating anything. They have a de facto monopoly on Desktop operating systems, so it should be no surprise a huge amount of users update to their latest offering.

Wether you like it or not, millions of people are going to be using this OS. The windows ecosystem has a huge momentum (on the Desktop at least).

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RE[2]: It's Another Windows 95!!
by hoak on Tue 30th Oct 2012 23:06 in reply to "RE: It's Another Windows 95!!"
hoak Member since:
2007-12-17

Not Orchestrating anything? Really? You don't think the two billion $ U.S. Marketing campaign is 'orchestrating' anything?

That's certainly more then was spent on developing the new OS by a factor of about 40:1. And will be a time expenditure of marketing to development of cash of about 4000:1.

So, not 'orchestrating', this two billion $ U.S. is just 'good will spending'?

Please...

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RE: It's Another Windows 95!!
by quackalist on Tue 30th Oct 2012 20:26 in reply to "It's Another Windows 95!!"
quackalist Member since:
2007-08-27

Nor on any other 'sales figures'. Nonetheless, it's the de facto almost monopoly OS and they're really pushing it with the 'really cheap' upgrade download. I'd not be surprised if it sold well to those upgrading from XP/Vista and even those going legit from pirated windows. After all, it is Win 7 SP whatever and you can almost ignore the new UI bollocks. It'll sell like hotcakes even if the fundamentals incline towards Windows being doomed in the long run.


I'll be buying one myself, soon as I can afford a new SSD to run it on.

Edited 2012-10-30 20:28 UTC

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grumpyoldman Member since:
2012-10-08

You are spot on with the price point of the update being an attractive draw.

General consumers once they see the shiny new bauble for that price, it will be hard to resist.

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RE: It's Another Windows 95!!
by kwan_e on Wed 31st Oct 2012 00:07 in reply to "It's Another Windows 95!!"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

Remember how they convinced US television to show pictures of people waiting in line to buy Windows 95? They're still at it.


I barely remember it, since I was in primary school then, but I do remember this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNSn6AtdSGM

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It's Another Windows 95!! LOL wrong
by oiaohm on Wed 31st Oct 2012 00:21 in reply to "It's Another Windows 95!!"
oiaohm Member since:
2009-05-30

Windows 95 people went in and acquired boxes of the Microsoft Operating system who did not even own a computer.

The age of the frenzy is over for Microsoft.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Or like my naïve 18-year-old self, didn't research compatibility and bought Windows 95 for a laptop with 4MB of RAM and no upgrade path. I eventually managed to get it to install, but it ran like drunken snail.

I get your point though; that "Start me up!" ad was compelling, and I never was a Stones man by any stretch.

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