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: Not impressive
by Nelson on Thu 29th Nov 2012 03:31 UTC in reply to "Not impressive"
Nelson
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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"
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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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