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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Not impressive
by Casey99 on Wed 28th Nov 2012 16:23 UTC
Casey99
Member since:
2011-07-14

Considering how cheap Windows 8 costs as an upgrade, I would say 40 million is an unimpressive number. And I think it is pretty safe to say that it will be harder to convince the next 40 million to buy Windows 8 than it was for the early adopters.

I don't plan on ever using Windows 8. Windows 7 is my last Windows.

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RE: Not impressive
by maccouch on Wed 28th Nov 2012 18:53 in reply to "Not impressive"
maccouch Member since:
2012-03-14

exactly. I don't think most people or even finantial analysts realized that Microsoft has just halved or more, their Windows revenues just to slightly keep up adoption rhythm.

Windows8 is being sold in a larger market than 2009 Windows7 launch, and at less than half of its price and at best it gets the same number of sales of Windows 7 in the first months. I don't think this is particularly brilliant or a good omen.

(wrote the same thing yesterday: http://www.maccouch.com/2012/11/microsoft-weve-sold-40-million-wind... )

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RE[2]: Not impressive
by lucas_maximus on Wed 28th Nov 2012 19:35 in reply to "RE: Not impressive"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

TBH I suspect this might be because they are the victim of their own success.

Windows 7 as a Desktop operating system is pretty damn solid and I am pretty sure it is going to be the next Windows XP. TBH, while I am using 8 at home, apart from the Metro UI ... it is very similar on the desktop.

Edited 2012-11-28 19:35 UTC

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RE: Not impressive
by Nelson on Thu 29th Nov 2012 03:31 in reply to "Not impressive"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Only in OSNews bizarro land is 40 million licenses sold a commercial failure.

Microsoft has said both that Windows 8 has sold 40 million licenses and that Windows 8 is outpacing Windows 7 in upgrades.

People undoubtedly will try to pick the numbers apart and twist them to suit their needs (Something or another about forced pre-installations, OEM sales, yada yada) but what they fail to realize is that the way that sales are counted between Windows 7 and Windows 8 has not changed.

That means that using the SAME metrics that Microsoft used for Windows 7, Windows 8 is doing well.

The Windows Store has exploded in growth in the past month doubling from 10,000 to over 20,000 apps.

I know developer friends of mine that get 12,000 downloads a day and make 300 dollars a day in ad revenue. This is the most vibrant ecosystem, and probably the modern day gold rush.

Sorry, our Metro overlords are here to stay.

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RE[2]: Not impressive
by zima on Sat 1st Dec 2012 08:22 in reply to "RE: Not impressive"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

The Windows Store [...] is the most vibrant ecosystem, and probably the modern day gold rush.

Though, for how long? Apple store also had its gold rush.

And you know, the thing with gold rushes - those selling shovels and such were the only group making real money...

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RE: Not impressive
by Lennie on Thu 29th Nov 2012 15:33 in reply to "Not impressive"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

And I know people who have already gone with Apple instead of Windows.

Personally I've been a Linux users for a long time.

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