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[2]: Now With Free Phone?
by tylerdurden on Thu 29th Nov 2012 21:33 UTC in reply to "RE: Now With Free Phone?"
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I don't know if it's pure coincidence, but some of your posts include talking points straight from Microsoft's own PR releases.

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RE[3]: Now With Free Phone?
by Nelson on Fri 30th Nov 2012 05:04 in reply to "RE[2]: Now With Free Phone?"
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What press releases? Arstechnica reported on Windows Phone sales quadrupling Year over Year, my app download counts is a statistic of my own, and the Windows 8 halo effect comes from the fact that the timing is coincidentally following the launch of Windows 8.

It therefore isn't a stretch to conclude that Windows 8 produced a lift in uptake for Windows Phone.

I'm not sure I understand the point of your comment.

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RE[4]: Now With Free Phone?
by tylerdurden on Sat 1st Dec 2012 03:24 in reply to "RE[3]: Now With Free Phone?"
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Well, you picked the part of the article where Ars technica was simply relaying a PR release by Microsoft. But there was more to that piece; the author commented how Microsoft didn't release actual numbers, making the "quadrupling" claim kind of useless/misleading since we lack the actual number that it's being quadrupled according to Redmond.

Furthermore, since we have no idea what your app is, or how many downloads it generated. I can't take that "halo" claim at face value. E.g. Why would a desktop operating system lead to an increase of sales of a random mobile app?

I assume you're either employed by Microsoft or Nokia, or you have a vested interest in the windows phone platform doing well if your app depends on its adoption rates. So I'll have to take what you say with a grain of salt, which I guess that was my point.

Anyhow. The new lumias seem to have had a relatively strong initial sales launch according to some analysts. Hopefully that brings some good news for Nokia, that stock needs all the help it can get after a 4 year nose dive.

Edited 2012-12-01 03:31 UTC

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