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[3]: Yeah.
by zima on Sat 1st Dec 2012 12:30 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Yeah."
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A [most likely] forced license with a new PC sale vs. a license that the user willfully purchased. That's the difference, and it's a huge one.

"Forced"? Keep telling yourself that... People like and want Windows, it's almost certainly pirated more than the number of desktop Linux users.

Nearby you ask "What's the alternative?" WRT "nobody is forcing anyone to buy a PC running windows at gun point" - well... get a laptop without OS, or with Linux.

Visiting "laptops" category of (possibly the most popular and well-known here catalogue of products and online shops; surely you have similar services...) quite often shows a model without Windows at the top of popularity; and generally, "no OS" & "Linux"* filters give;017P8-250094-250095.htm few hundred results. But BTW, most of those machines end up with Windows, anyway (oh, and that's no-crapware-included Windows) - at best a MSDNAA license.

*that's often just a smokescreen of the reputable big PC maker, who can say ~"we don't facilitate piracy, all of our machines are sold with an operating system" or such. Devil is often in the details: in one case I've seen, it was just a Knoppix live-DVD thrown into the box; in another, some Linux installation which didn't and couldn't boot into X, Linux lacked support for the GFX chip in that laptop. Few years ago, one reputable PC maker even sold laptops with "DOS2000"...

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