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60M Windows 8 licenses have now been sold, Microsoft (MSFT) announces. That's up from the 40M...

60M Windows 8 licenses have now been sold, Microsoft (MSFT) announces. That's up from the 40M the software giant had sold as of late November. Microsoft notes this figure includes "both upgrades and sales to OEMs for new devices" - the latter could include licenses being held as inventory by OEMs. Figures from Net Applications, NPD, and others have tempered hopes that Win. 8's revival would stoke a rebound in PC demand.
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  • anil92691
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    60M Windows 8 licenses have now been sold, Microsoft (MSFT) claims. Should that be "claims" or announced or declared?
    8 Jan 2013, 04:55 PM Reply Like
  • ldiggins
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    Why write an article that says 'claims'. You make it sound as though you don't believe them. Anil is right. Why not just say ms announced that they have sold? Stupid article
    8 Jan 2013, 05:59 PM Reply Like
  • SA Editor Eric Jhonsa
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    "Claims" is frequently used when discussing announcements made by companies and individuals, without any implication that the announcement should be questioned. I have to laugh a little at the idea that its use in this case means Microsoft's truthfulness is doubted.


    But since you brought the subject up so politely, the post has been edited.
    8 Jan 2013, 06:38 PM Reply Like
  • Sal Marvasti
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    I think NPD and MSFT are talking apples vs oranges.
    NPD is talking new computer sales with windows 8 and windows 8 retail. MSFT is talking direct sales via the $39.99 upgrade promotion.
    Even people with Linux get the upgrade promotion price.
    If I am write 50m*$40 = $2billion. Not bad.
    8 Jan 2013, 06:24 PM Reply Like
  • rjgood
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    The net data is based on internet usage, and is a little lower than actual installs. A fair estimate would be about 19 million Windows 8 PCs are in use at the time of the report (2 weeks ago.)


    A safe bet is maybe 25 million Windows 8 PCs in daily use as of today. Based on the conservative figure of the 1.2 billion licensed windows installs. Unlicensed is probably about 1.5-1.8 billion installs.


    MSFT may not hit their 400 million goal for 2013, but I bet they can do 150-200 million Windows 8 installs, even if things stay soft.
    8 Jan 2013, 06:34 PM Reply Like
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    As a stock holder, I believe MSFT made 3 mistakes & 2 smart moves:
    1. Win 8 should ask you if this is a desktop PC, so it can turn off the START page and give you a start button. All this does is alienate people, and cause them to install 3rd party software like;
    2. A gesture and 3 button clicks to shut down? Really!! Come on!!
    3. Surface RT that is $100 more than an iPAD; Surface Pro that actually runs Windows software at $1,000. I thought the goal was to compete with Apple, not help them with over-priced products. I can buy the Acer W700 at a much better price!
    Smart moves:
    1. Integrate PC, tablet, & phone;
    2. Use Xbox & Kinect to integrate the living room experience.


    The major bad move is to keep Steve Balmer. Great salesman, but not an innovator. He has technology he just doesn't know what to do with.
    8 Jan 2013, 11:04 PM Reply Like
  • Sal Marvasti
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    Window button plus I does the trick faster.
    9 Jan 2013, 01:30 AM Reply Like
  • brianngaibh
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    points 1 & 2 not really mistakes, rather i viewed it a different operation. the operation has many subjective view, but i'm okay with it and like the start page for the live tiles very much.
    regarding the system shut down, you can do simply one press of the hard switch as an alternative.
    pricing is a matter of marketing strategy, i can see many manufacturers are coming more tabs in the markets with more competive prices.
    9 Jan 2013, 01:56 AM Reply Like
  • chrome188
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    Pressing the power button is even quicket
    9 Jan 2013, 07:18 AM Reply Like
  • skiz
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    Doing nothing and letting the computer sleep on it's own is even quicker than that.
    9 Jan 2013, 10:23 AM Reply Like
  • rjgood
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    "Great salesman, but not an innovator."


    I would put money that Steven Sinofsky was fired for not sharing technology directions early in the development cycle. I bet Balmer saw Windows 8 late in the game...possibly too late to make major adjustments.


    Reports are that Sinofsky kept the surface out of Balmer's hands until very close to release. So it's hard to tell if Balmer even had a chance to innovate in the Windows 8/Surface cycles.


    Your points are well taken. On #1: It seems that the lack of the start menu is what most people are crying the loudest about. I personally don't want it back, but we all have our opinions.
    9 Jan 2013, 10:23 AM Reply Like
  • skiz
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    Sinofsky wasn't fired, at least we have no real evidence of that. But the suppositions that he was are all based on other factors (style of leadership, personality), not what you posit. Ballmer is salesman and CEO, not generally in charge of tech directions beyond merging divisions and making sure the divisions stay competitive -- making broad changes when necessary. The direction of Windows 8 was made publicly clear over a year before release. You don't think Ballmer had a copy long before that?


    My take:
    #1 - Personal preference based on limited use, I'd bet. I am glad that I can use both traditional apps and new UI apps side by side. I am doing so right now. I use the traditional apps more on the desktop than tablet, and use the new ones on the tablet more. But it's nice to be able to do both at anytime on either one.
    #2 - Already refuted above. Frankly, I never turn my PC completely off, and I bet MSFT had data that is often the case.
    #3 - For $100 more than the lowest possible current iPad you get a keyboard/cover and Office (adding these to the iPad make it more expensive). As to the Pro, it's way cheaper than the MacBook Air, which is a better comparison. In addition, as you point out, there are plenty of choices you can pick from.
    9 Jan 2013, 10:43 AM Reply Like
  • Arkeh Capital
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    The comment misses out the important bit of Information: it is 60m copies sold of W8 AND W7 doing very very well with businesses. W8 performing comparably to W7 is one Thing. but Vista sales certainly fell off a cliff when W7 was introduced. this is the difference today.
    9 Jan 2013, 03:15 PM Reply Like
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