I believe the sales figures initially are driven by the low upgrade specials. I suspect some even bought it because it was cheap, and have yet to even try it. A Guy
A public stock-traded corporation such as Microsoft (M.S.F.T) cannot lie about such figures, otherwise they would be in deep doodoo. The figures they state are, in fact, true. As of November 28, 40 million copies have been sold. I suspect it is much higher now. The figures also show that it is outpacing Windows 7 in a time frame aspect.
I agree with Bill. A lot of people may have purchased it while the deal is yet on, although the low upgrade price lasts through January. Perhaps they're thinking they won't take the time to install due to their busyness of the Holidays. Some may also be sitting on it until further updates so as to work out the bugs. Some members here who don't care for it stated they'll buy a copy just to have it.
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At first the new Start menu had me scratching my head, but I started to sort it out. Now I have installed Classic Shell, and am back to booting to my Win7 desktop and programs, etc, but with the Win8 goodness underneath. Yesterday I even found the 8GadgetPack and have my gadgets back on the desktop. Can't do without the Upcoming Birthdays gadget; might forget the wife's without it!
So I am now completely happy with Win8. It's installed on two different desktops and one laptop, all as upgrades of Win7 installations (yes I know you shouldn't do that) but with Win8 it just works!
I heard today a UK bank will be purchasing windows 8 pro tablets for staff, that was from a senior member of that bank so apparently sales aren't even going to be slowing down.
as i've said in other posts windows 8 pro and the tablets it will be running on will be very attractive to the commercial markets far more so than the consumer market, the sheer power and flexibility offered by a full desktop o/s with all it's native networking abilities make it an ideal choice.
the thing is, the classic shell is a handy little app, it is good i'm not going to take anything away from it, but over time more will become accustom to the start screen in windows 8 and not need or want any addons to get that start menu back.
I remember people complaining every time M$ releases a new version of Windows, from Windows 1, (remember MSDOS Executive?)Windows 3.11, Windows for Workgroups, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Millennium, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and now Windows 8.... Like clockwork... People screamed when MSDOS 6 was replaced and every time people get used to the new OS, then scream when it's replaced in a few years... Nobody is forcing you to upgrade...
I was fine going from 95 to 98 to 2k, to XP and then to 7. The only releases I have not liked are Vista and 8. I completely missed ME, except for support at error and it was really not much of a problem.
MS did claim 40m had been sold.
What does it mean?
Does it mean 40m people have bought, installed and are using - or does it mean those are sales to wholesalers - who will try and shift them over the next two or three months - or does it mean something else entirely.
Seems strange there are claims it is outselling win7.
I don't know a single person who has bought a copy ( apart from me ).
I also don't know a single person who has bought a win 8 device.
nearly a month has passed since that was released it could be well over 100 million this month for all i know...or 50 million.
What makes you think that means licenses activated by users?
In what sense would it be fraud.
If MS have sold them - they can call it a sale.
Even if they were sales to wholesalers stocking up for the next few months. MS might even have included the deals they have done to supply European schools with devices at a very low price. The deal is done - it doesn't matter if they won't be delivered for a long while - it doesn't matter if they make no profit - MS can still call it a sale.
We have no way of knowing what that actually means.
One thing you can be sure of is that MS are going to make it sound as good as possible.