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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Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

I hate to be "that guy", but what is your basis for this? I'm not being snarky, I really don't know anything about StatCounter so I don't know how reliable they are (your opinion aside). I did a little research and have so far only found neutral to positive articles about them.

Just curious if you can give some off hand examples of unreliability.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

It is unreliable by the very way they are gathering the data. For example typically Internet Explorer usage peeks at weekends.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Well that was a non-answer. Never mind, dude.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Just curious if you can give some off hand examples of unreliability.

Well, I would point out that Statcounter likely focuses on & reflects more the EN/international sites. You can certainly see some differences with ranking.pl, my local stats:
http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-PL-monthly-200807-201212
http://ranking.pl/en/rankings/operating-systems.html

The direction of the differences even kinda makes sense, WRT Statcounter & EN/international sites hypothesis - people from PL who visit them are expected to be somewhat more EN-capable, tech-savvy, or wealthy; hence more likely to use Win7 or OSX.

Much clearer differences for browsers in Belarus:
http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser-BY-monthly-200807-201212
http://www.ranking.by/en/rankings/web-browsers-groups.html
or Ukraine:
http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser-UA-monthly-200807-201212
http://www.ranking.com.ua/en/rankings/web-browsers-groups.html


Of course, that doesn't really say which of those two are more reliable - but does point to some inherent overall unreliability in both of them.

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