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post #1 of 8 Old 11-27-2012, 07:02 PM - Thread Starter
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http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2012/11/27/windows-8-40-million-licenses-sold.aspx

Seems the windows store got hit with uber dl's. So much for speculation on W8 sales....
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The number of licenses sold is not really surprising to me. My speculation is how many of those 40 million licenses are actually in use and not because people just jumped on the $15 upgrade (whether or not they actually qualified for it and whether or not they are even using it). Also, how many are licenses sold with PCs where the owner has taken advantage of the Win7 downgrade option.
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They'd have sold one more if the friggin' Windows 8 tablets weren't a gajillion dollars. I wanted to get one for my SO for Xmas. So much for that.

 

 

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Tablets are pointless (for me at least). I can view porn on any $400 Win 8 laptop and have the flexibility of a keyboard and more ports. Not a flashy piece of fragile plastic.
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you should check out some of the machines out there. some really nice machines.
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Apparently that includes all the licenses 'sold' to PC manufacturers as well, which believe me, will be an awful lot. Now, whether those PC's have actually sold to consumers is another matter (I think not). The key information, is how many copies of Windows 8 desktop are actually in use, and how many are using the 'downgrade' option to go back to Windows 7 once they realize it's a turkey. If you buy a new PC now, you're likely to get 8 by default, but can easily scrub it and install 7 instead,

Based on the internal MS sales reports, actual sales are not good at all, so if MS can shout loudly about shipping 40m licenses, claiming it's selling better than 7 did in the same timeframe, then you bet they will. They need to tell people something after all, as keeping quiet is not a good sign.

I've just read a scathing report by a UI specialist, who pretty much says that 8 (specifically the 'modern UI') fails in most respects to provide a consistent, easy to use UI. It wouldn't surprise me if MS are frantically working on a mid-term upgrade release to try and get some credibility back. 8 SP1 (or whatever it's called) may be more than just a bug-fix release!
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I've just read a scathing report by a UI specialist, who pretty much says that 8 (specifically the 'modern UI') fails in most respects to provide a consistent, easy to use UI.
Jakob Nielsen, by any chance? If so, then it seems to me he misrepresents W8 behaviours. I was not impressed.

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NPD talked about this. the big problem was the glut of Windows 7 PCs in the sales channel. Once those are sold and removed from the channel, the Windows 8 machines can take over and reach the sales level seen in Europe.

Windows 7 didn't have the same problem as few Vista machines were in the sales channel.

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/11/plenty-of-questions-few-answers-surface-about-early-windows-8-sales/

According to market research firm NPD, the US market does have a problem with stale Windows 7 inventory. Windows 8 is growing each week as these old machines are flushed from the channel. But Windows 7, in contrast, had no comparable problem with Windows Vista inventory. The result? Windows 7 had a "stronger launch," but Windows 8 has a "faster ramp."
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