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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RE: It's Another Windows 95!!
by tylerdurden on Tue 30th Oct 2012 20:01 UTC in reply to "It's Another Windows 95!!"
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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!!"
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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'?


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UltraZelda64 Member since:

Maybe if they would stop spending so much f***ing money on advertising, then we would no longer have to spend such outrageous amounts of money just to obtain a license to use their operating system. Of course, their monopoly doesn't help much either.

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Dude, get real. The ads are NOT to sell Win 8, its to try to get people to take WinPhone and WinTab, because mobile is growing while desktops are flatline.

Want to know "the facts" here it is..1.-Windows desktops last longer than ever, so Wall Street style growth is nil there, 2.-Ballmer wants to be the head of Apple and not MSFT, 3.-Apple has an appstore and a tablet, so MSFT has to have an appstore and a tablet, 4.- they are practically giving it away and they ONLY got 4 million sales. Think about that, MSFT is selling the Win 8 PRO version for a lousy $40, and THAT is the best they could do?

So I'd say if anything they probably should have sunk MORE into advertising, because at 4 million that means they spent, $500 for every $40 That REALLY sucks, that is like Vista to the 20th power levels of suck.

Let's face it, don't really matter how much cash they blow, win 7 is the new XP, Win 8 the new Vista. 500 bucks a, just wow.

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