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4M Windows 8 upgrades were sold to consumers during its first 3 days of availability, Steve...

4M Windows 8 upgrades were sold to consumers during its first 3 days of availability, Steve Ballmer discloses at Microsoft's (MSFT) BUILD conference. An aggressive upgrade price of $40 has something to do with that figure. John Paczkowski notes Windows 7 sales (including new PCs) totaled 175M in their first year, and that Microsoft has a total base of 1.25B PCs. Reviewers continue to complain about using the new UI with a keyboard/mouse, but some users like the revamp, and investor expectations are pretty low at this point. (live blog) (more)
Comments (22)
  • So far I have no complaints about windows 8, the learning curve is to be expected with the new software. It's quite fun once you get the hang of it.
    30 Oct 2012, 02:08 PM Reply Like
  • I tried it too. And the thing I liked best about it was erasing it and going back to Windows 7,.
    30 Oct 2012, 02:27 PM Reply Like
  • If a user puts a bit of effort in learning/using Windows 8, it is astounding !!!
    30 Oct 2012, 02:49 PM Reply Like
  • Sounds Interesting say more? Astounding how?
    30 Oct 2012, 03:50 PM Reply Like
  • Its different then the same old look and it is graphically very nice. Keep using it for couple of weeks. You will find it astounding !!!
    31 Oct 2012, 08:49 AM Reply Like
  • Just interested as an investor not a user
    3 Nov 2012, 12:06 PM Reply Like
  • Get used to the look people. Just like the Office ribbon I highly doubt Windows is going back. On the corporation side I am sure 8 will be skipped, just like always it's the second version that is installed. By then most users will be comfortable with it since they will have the new UI on a personal desktop or laptop.
    30 Oct 2012, 03:04 PM Reply Like
  • Agree. And since most corporations are just now getting rid of XP, and many of them will also have flexible/subscription licensing arrangements -- it doesn't matter much to Microsoft's bottom line if it's a Windows 7 or Windows 8 license -- as long as they're upgrading and staying on Windows, that's what matters. The fact that Windows 7 and Windows 8 are (almost) completely compatible with each other is even better.
    30 Oct 2012, 03:09 PM Reply Like
  • Tired of the UI discussion. It's really no big deal and an easy learning curve.
    30 Oct 2012, 03:11 PM Reply Like
  • its amazing how people claim they are tech savy yet find it hard to use Windows 8. My 3 and 4 year olds are using it with no problems.
    30 Oct 2012, 03:17 PM Reply Like
  • 3 year olds learn faster than adults
    31 Oct 2012, 12:22 AM Reply Like
  • My 5 year old loves it , and says that anyone who can't use it is a moron
    30 Oct 2012, 03:21 PM Reply Like
  • I'm happy with it so far. A few issues, but overall it is quite good. I will probably consider getting a surface/samsung slate with full windows 8 when they become available.
    30 Oct 2012, 03:59 PM Reply Like
  • Microsoft has not yet revealed its new technology that will rule the marketwith its surface pro
    30 Oct 2012, 04:43 PM Reply Like
  • Yup -- waiting on the Surface Pro myself. The Pro will be the real game changer for true nerds/techies.
    30 Oct 2012, 09:01 PM Reply Like
  • Just finished Windows 8 Pro upgrade to my 2005 Dell Dimension 5150 at download price HK$325. It runs better and faster.
    Thumbs up to MS teams.
    31 Oct 2012, 12:50 PM Reply Like
  • Got my Surface Sunday (RT, 32GB, touch cover). Downloaded movies, TV shows, music, and Games. Watched a couple of TV shows on the plane, played a few games and so far I am pretty happy with the experience. Learning curve? There are 4 gestures to learn! No crashes, no blue screens, no "Restart needed". If it goes on like this, I am buying the Pro version for as well.
    2 Nov 2012, 07:30 PM Reply Like
  • What you didn't get any real work done! :o
    3 Nov 2012, 12:04 PM Reply Like
  • The RT version I don't think is marketed to business, that's the Pro version berylrb.


    RT is more towards the consumer markets where movies/web surfing/ email is the main uses.


    Pro is more towards spreadsheets, and full office capabilities.
    4 Nov 2012, 12:24 PM Reply Like
  • I know it was merely tongue in cheek, it seems every other surface fan on SA uses the quip about Surface being for real work and iPad being a toy and yet the first new surface user that shares what they actually DO is surface as an entertainment device. I just thought the irony needed a moment to sink in!
    5 Nov 2012, 05:48 PM Reply Like
  • Agreed, the RT i think will compete directly with the iPad as a consumer / viewing device. Whereas the Pro surface will compete with macbook air and ultra books...
    5 Nov 2012, 06:24 PM Reply Like
  • I recently purchased windows 8. It was a little scary at first but it got easier and better as I went on. Once you learn to navigate through it I think it definitely better. I would compare the learning curve a little harder but smother than my first smart phone. I think it will go over well after people try it. I am still curious and contemplating on trying the new phone.
    5 Nov 2012, 10:38 AM Reply Like
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