I am surprised. While I've maintained as long as I've been here that Windows 8 would be failure, I thought there would be at least some initial sales before it died. Apparently, it's stillborn.The clearest evidence of Windows 8’s disappointing introduction comes from the research firm NPD, which estimates that sales of Windows machines have actually dropped from a year ago.
According to NPD, stores in the United States sold 13 percent fewer Windows devices from late October, when Windows 8 made its debut, through the first week in December, than in the same period last year.
I don't think that 40M is anything close to real. I think there's likely a boatload of Windows 8 licenses that were counted loaded on machines that haven't sold. The rest of it would be the initial sales I was expecting, and I expect it is a spike more than a slow start.The company says it sold 40 million copies of Windows 8 during its first month on the market, a figure that includes upgrade discs sold to consumers and copies installed on new machines by PC makers.