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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Pathetic
by Sodapop on Thu 29th Nov 2012 11:35 UTC
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2005-07-06

It's kinda pathetic if you see 300+ Million in US alone, 7+ Billion in the world. They sold what? 40 Mil...lol.

Now think of it this way: Most of what those 7 Billion do have is either a home phone, cell phone or a combo. So it's not like people don't need things, they do. Just not Windows, if given the choice.

Also, even at just $40 it's struggling. A lot of people have said they wouldn't accept it if it was free!. And also there is the case of people who really know nothing about computers, and Intel and Microsoft is all they believe exist, that's sad.

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RE: Pathetic
by lucas_maximus on Thu 29th Nov 2012 12:25 in reply to "Pathetic"
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2009-08-18

When has 40 million sales in the first month been considered "struggling"?

I wish I could sell 40 million of something just for £25 each.

Edited 2012-11-29 12:26 UTC

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RE: Pathetic
by tylerdurden on Thu 29th Nov 2012 22:00 in reply to "Pathetic"
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2009-03-17


Now think of it this way: Most of what those 7 Billion do have is either a home phone, cell phone or a combo. So it's not like people don't need things, they do. Just not Windows, if given the choice.


You win the bobby price for the post with the largest lack of self awareness of the day:

Basically, you need to get out more. Over half of earth's 7 billion human population lives in abject poverty (making less than $2 a day), with over 2 billion people not having access to proper clean water or food supplies, and 1 billion suffering from hunger (which is one of the worst forms of violence). So for over 3 billion people a cell phone (smart of dumb) is not only an unreachable luxury, but the least of their worries.

Of the 3 billion people who do not live in abject poverty, a significant fraction live in developing countries, where only a relatively small percentage make enough money to be able to afford a non-vital commodity like a really fancy smart phone.

Your life as a middle class Western kid is far from being a representative of the human experience on this planet. You know what the average human is? A 29 yr old right handed Chinese male, whose life experience, interests, and concerns are likely to be completely foreign to you.

As per the 40 million Windows licenses, that number is larger than the population of many industrialized nations of earth (E.g. Canada, Poland, Australia, Portugal, Sweden, Norway, Denmark...). So it is a rather significant volume.

Edited 2012-11-29 22:03 UTC

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RE[2]: Pathetic
by zima on Sat 1st Dec 2012 09:45 in reply to "RE: Pathetic"
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2005-07-06

So for over 3 billion people a cell phone (smart of dumb) is not only an unreachable luxury, but the least of their worries.
Of the 3 billion people who do not live in abject poverty, a significant fraction live in developing countries, where only a relatively small percentage make enough money to be able to afford a non-vital commodity like a really fancy smart phone.

Though there is something like 6 billion mobile subscribers by now; evidently the impoverished also see value in having a mobile phone (of course, most likely one which can be had for 15€ or so)

Yes, quite a few of those 6 billion subscribers is because of people having more than one mobile. But apparently there's also an opposite dynamic at work: in some places, it is customary for a family or even village to share one mobile phone.
Those two possibly largely balance each other out...

Edited 2012-12-01 09:47 UTC

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RE: Pathetic
by zima on Tue 4th Dec 2012 13:06 in reply to "Pathetic"
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2005-07-06

That's already more than desktop Linux... and will likely quickly surpass all versions of OSX combined (just like the "failure" Vista did)

Most of what those 7 Billion do have is either a home phone, cell phone or a combo. So it's not like people don't need things, they do. Just not Windows, if given the choice.

Windows is on most of the ~1.3 billion PCs out there, utilised by most of the ~2 billion PC users; also pirated ( http://www.osnews.com/permalink?543832 ), people want it. BTW, "home phones" are available to minority of human population; PCs (whatever the OS) similarly available only to a minority.

Edited 2012-12-04 13:06 UTC

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