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    Windows 8 licenses hit 60M mark

    CNet has the article. They also attribute the slow start is due to "In part, Windows 8's less-than-stellar retail sales can be attributed to the lack of touch-enabled laptops and tablets running the operating system." although several OEMs are rolling out new products at CES this week.

    Also has been 100M downloads from the Win 8 App Store.
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    Probably a lot of laptop users aren't anymore interested in a screen full of fingerprints and smuges than desktop users.
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    I know I would not like the finger prints and smudges. If I ever purchase anything (tablet or laptop) with touch it will need a stylus.
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    The take away from the article is that while Windows 8 has not caused an uptick it is running at the same rate as Windows 7. For Microsoft, licenses sold are the measuring stick not retail sales. The true test will be in the months ahead to see if the run rate stays at the Windows 7 level until the new devices really kick in. Then the licenses and retail sales may show an uptick.

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    It seems Win 8 is "holding it's own" while awaiting the devices that are to be released over the next few months. It does seem the OEMs have been slow to release new devices with Win 8. Perhaps this is just my impression. Perhaps this is the fall out from MS releasing their own Win 8 devices.
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    I think that the big OEMs are in a quandry. They have come out with lackluster devices that are the same as the Windows 7 PCs they've been selling for rock bottom prices the last three years. They've gotten themselves in this mess by selling cheap (both inexpensive and low quality) devices and now aren't quite sure how to get out of this predicament.

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    Whenever you go into a regular retail outlet, about all that is for sale is Windows 8 computers. For people who don't know much about computers or OSs, they will just buy whatever is there, or whatever is presented as the "latest and greatest". In my opinion, this is accounting for much of the Windows 8 sales.

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    One can still get a Windows 7 based computer, albeit you'll have to specifically search & order them.
    The internet is and has always been the best place to shop for a computer.
    The last time I went into a brick and mortar store to buy a computer was in the 1990s.
    It would feels so cheesy to do so now.
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