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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Yeah.
by UltraZelda64 on Wed 28th Nov 2012 15:36 UTC
UltraZelda64
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2006-12-05

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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RE: Yeah.
by Drumhellar on Wed 28th Nov 2012 19:21 in reply to "Yeah."
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

They don't give the numbers, buy the Ars article says that Windows 8 upgrade license sales are outpacing Windows 7 upgrade license sales, with a pair of caveats:

1. Windows 8 is a bigger upgrade, but the upgrade is significantly cheaper (until January, that is).

2. It isn't known how many people are just buying the upgrade and keeping it on a shelf, hedging against an increased upgrade cost in the future.

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RE: Yeah.
by tylerdurden on Wed 28th Nov 2012 23:40 in reply to "Yeah."
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

Why? It does not make a difference, a license is a license. The granularity or location of the sale seems irrelevant, as long as desktop and laptop PCs sell microsoft will sell tons of windows licenses since they have a near monopoly in that space.

My assumption is that windows 8 will do great in the consumer space, the touch screen is a great gimmick and gives OEMs a new "differentiation" to help push people upgrade or buy new systems. I assume business will skip this upgrade cycle, since Metro is useless in most of their applications.

I'm more interested in the Windows Phone and Surface sales. Since those are the areas of biggest growth, and microsoft lacks a monopoly to leverage there.

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RE[2]: Yeah.
by UltraZelda64 on Thu 29th Nov 2012 00:53 in reply to "RE: Yeah."
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Why? It does not make a difference, a license is a license. The granularity or location of the sale seems irrelevant, as long as desktop and laptop PCs sell microsoft will sell tons of windows licenses since they have a near monopoly in that space.

A [most likely] forced license with a new PC sale vs. a license that the user willfully purchased. That's the difference, and it's a huge one.

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