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[4]: Yeah.
by UltraZelda64 on Thu 29th Nov 2012 02:01 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Yeah."
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It is not a huge difference, it is an attempt to split hairs in order to build whatever argument based on pure appeal to emotion. I.e. nobody is forcing anyone to buy a PC running windows at gun point.

What's the alternative? A cheaply-made yet over-priced Mac without even the ability to easily swap parts and an even more locked down OS? Those Windows 7 PCs that OEMs are already trying to send to the sidelines, as they have already made Windows 8 the default in most cases, and will eventually try to ditch completely soon enough?

Edited 2012-11-29 02:02 UTC

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RE[5]: Yeah.
by tylerdurden on Thu 29th Nov 2012 20:33 in reply to "RE[4]: Yeah."
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What's the alternative? Well, there are vendors that sell linux machines, at pretty good prices. Or you can assemble your own computer and run whatever OS your heart desires for that configuration.

At the end of the day, 40 million licenses were sold. You may not like that fact, which is why I felt these sort of nitpicking arguments are trying to establish an appeal to emotion (Probably because Windows 8 hasn't turned out to be the disaster some posters in this forum expected it to be) I see little difference between someone buying a new PC with Windows 8 or upgrading their existing Windows installation, at the end of the day both processes involve someone willingly purchasing a Microsoft product. And yes, I am sure Microsoft is picking whichever statistic that better fits their corporate narrative, e.g. I don't think they have released the actual numbers of Windows phone/surface devices because those numbers probably don't look that good. And that was expected, given how Microsoft does not have a monopoly in those markets so they tend to be SOL.

But in this day and age, if someone wants to completely avoid Microsoft products on their desktops, they actually have the choice to do so. I'm typing this message from a microsot-free machine, for what it is worth.

Edited 2012-11-29 20:35 UTC

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