Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th Dec 2012 11:51 UTC
Google "Google has revealed that it has no plans to develop dedicated apps for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 for its business app products such as Gmail or Drive." Product management director for Google Apps, Clay Bavor, told V3 that Google "will go where the users are but they are not on Windows Phone or Windows 8". Ouch - but for now, hard to argue with.
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RE: Hard to argue with?
by darknexus on Sat 15th Dec 2012 01:06 UTC in reply to "Hard to argue with?"
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but Windows 8 sold a ton of licenses to date, with no signs of that decreasing.

That in no way says how many actual users there are. The majority of Windows 8 sales have been to OEMs for computers the OEMs are selling. Microsoft, of course, counts those in their overall sales numbers as they should, but those numbers say nothing concerning what happens to those copies of Windows 8 after the OEMs acquire it. Do the users run it? Do they take advantage of a Windows 7 downgrade license instead, or even wipe the OEM Windows and use their own os (be it a clean copy of Windows or another)? Have said machines even been purchased yet? Proof of licenses, in Microsoft's case, does not translate into proof of a significant user base.

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RE[2]: Hard to argue with?
by Nelson on Sat 15th Dec 2012 18:07 in reply to "RE: Hard to argue with?"
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Who cares how they get there? The point is, they get there.

I always found this laughable:

UserA: Microsoft has sold XYZ licenses.
UserB: But..but there's no way to tell how many of those are end user sales
UserA: Uh, but go to every sales channel and look at every PC, it's preinstalled with Windows.
UserB: But..
UserA: Which means PC sales have a strong correlation with Windows sales, and PC sales are still relatively healthy.

Windows 8 will be installed on a majority of new PCs sold, and will command a monumental market share. More than iOS, more than Android, but somehow people will still find ways to contort the numbers and make it look like a failure.

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RE[3]: Hard to argue with?
by cdude on Sun 16th Dec 2012 12:21 in reply to "RE[2]: Hard to argue with?"
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> PC sales are still healthy

And we are not talking about 0.something % but huge percentage with two decimals every year. That is while world width the computer market is GROWING fast.

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