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    Microsoft: We've sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses to date

    ZDNet has the article. 40 million licenses in one month. This does not count RT licenses.

    According to the article, Win 7 sold 60 million licenses in the first 2 months after it's release. Hmmm! That seems to be 30 million per month. Hmmm!
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    As Ed Bott states, it is probably the largest number of Windows licenses ever sold in a single month.

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    Hmmm, I guess this means people don't like Win 8 huh! Not! As Ed states in his article "That one month of sales is equal to more than half of the entire installed base of Macs. . . . And this is happening in a weak economy, with PC sales down year over year."
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    The price is obviously a big factor as well.
    It's about time MS set a decent price tag for an major OS release, let alone a mere upgrade version.
    I don't recall any prior OS release being so modestly priced.
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    The bulk of Win 8 sales were to pc manufacturers so we need to see a comparison of new pc sales at Win 7's release and Win 8's release for a true picture.

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    Good point.
    Yeah, more time is needed, and a more thorough breakdown in the data collected as to who/what is being sold to.
    It would also be interesting to see if people are downgrading upon purchasing Windows 8 based computers after all those licenses get shipped to manufacturers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rlfvt View Post
    The bulk of Win 8 sales were to pc manufacturers so we need to see a comparison of new pc sales at Win 7's release and Win 8's release for a true picture.
    See the Ed Boot article (link in post #2). 60 million Win7 licenses in two months. The ongoing rate is more important than the first couple of months. Win7 settled in to a pretty steady 20 - 25 million per month.

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    It will be interesting to see a breakdown of where they went as far as manufacturers, sales to individuals , and product sales.
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    It will be interesting to see a breakdown of where they went as far as manufacturers, sales to individuals , and product sales.
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    It will be interesting. Perhaps Microsoft themselves aren't going to mind where the copies went. They sold 40 million copies of Windows 8 in a month and this would be the bottom line for them. It's like selling anything else. It's the money coming in that counts, rather than who bought the goods.

    I too think it's the ongoing rate that's important. Lots of W.8 copies are probably initially put on computers ready for selling by shops/businesses. These might not have gone out of the door to customers yet. Need to see the rate at which this happens and the rate it continues.

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    Of course this is the first month only, and the ongoing rate is what will ultimately matter. I think this shows one thing, though - the catastrophic views expressed by many here seem quite apart from reality. 40 million copies in a month is a good number, no matter how anyone tries to spin it otherwise.

    This is happening in a economic depressed scenario in the US and Europe. IMHO, Windows 8 doesn't even need to sell as much as Windows 7 to be a success (7 clocked 20 million copies a month). It's importance to Microsoft will need to be judged by other things, like the share of the tablet market that it will capture. It's a long term thing and we're just in the first days. I think, however, that this clearly throws off any hopes of the doomsayers who stated this would be a new Vista. Vista sold, on average, around 10 million copies a month, even if it did sell 20 million in the first month. 8 sold twice as many.

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    "Licenses sold" does not equal "Installed base". $39.99 says a lot, and in fact is the only reason that I've even tried Windows 8. Had it been $149.99 (which it may well be after the introductory offer) I wouldn't have it on my laptop now.

    That being said, I've used Windows 8 almost exclusively since October 26 (still doing my banking, etc. on my Windows 7 desktop). I don't care for the Start Screen, and don't use it, staying with the Desktop for everything. I'm still unimpressed with the performance of Windows 8, not seeing any discernible difference from the performance of Windows 7 on this laptop. I intend to restore my Windows 7 image to the laptop and migrate Windows 8 to dual-boot on my desktop (which already dual-boots Home Premium and Ultimate - I'll replace Home Premium with Windows 8) so that I will have it available in order to help those folks who are going to call me when they buy a new PC that has Windows 8.

    I can see Windows 8 on a tablet or Smart Phone and understand MS's reasons for wanting to go there, but for my needs, there's nothing to be gained on a full-sized PC/laptop. The Start Screen apps (so far) are quite lame, and my guess at the moment is that any such apps that are more full-featured will likely be based "in the cloud", which is where I don't intend to go. There is an obvious push by MS toward a subscription/services model; I'm not interested in fee-based computing, and don't want to be nudged in that direction.
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    Windows 8 off to a slow start

    ZDnet: Windows 8 off to a slow start with consumers in month one, says NPD

    http://www.zdnet.com/windows-8-off-t...94/?s_cid=e064
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    Upstream supply chain sees Surface RT orders cut by half:
    http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20121128PD215.html

    Windows PC Sales Down 21% Since Windows 8 Launch:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Win...les,19430.html
    - Windows 8 tablet sales have been "almost non-existent"

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    Sold v installed is two different things. I bought W8 and installed it for a day and went back to W7.

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    Yep... same here

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