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Microsoft sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses in month

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    Microsoft sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses in month


    (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses in the month since the launch, according to one of the new co-heads of the Windows unit.

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    Microsoft sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses in month: executive | Reuters

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    From that article:

    According to tech research firm StatCounter, about 1 percent of the world's 1.5 billion or so personal computers - making a total of around 15 million - are actually running Windows 8.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    From that article:

    According to tech research firm StatCounter, about 1 percent of the world's 1.5 billion or so personal computers - making a total of around 15 million - are actually running Windows 8.
    Oh, Ztruker.
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    & EightForums had 15 milliom bad installs to sort out.
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    Be interesting how many of the 1.5bn actually go for it in the end.

    I believe about 650m went for win7.

    We shall see.
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    It can't be compared in terms of popularity.

    If you were a manufacturer buying windows licenses 3 yrs ago - you would be buying just for desktops/laptops.

    If you are a manufacturer buying windows license now - you buy for desktop/laptops and for tablets. You would probably want at least 50% more.

    The market is bigger now - there are simply more devices.

    Interesting that oem machines in the last 6 mths had a $14.99 upgrade deal.

    How many machines is that? 100m , 150m perhaps.

    If only 15m have actually installed win 8, that isn't exactly an enormous take up at the give away price.
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    Remember Win7 upgrades were free for OEM purchases in the pre-sales period (which I think was 3 months beforehand), and Win8 license upgrades are not. The fact there are so many licenses (upgrades and otherwise) being sold is actually interesting.
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    I am not sure the $14.99 makes any difference. If they fancy the upgrade , they will do it - free or $15 isn't going to put many people off.

    There is also the $40 for anybody deal - you didn't get that with win7 - as I recall.

    I don't know about so many licenses.

    If there are 15m installs in the first month - how many will there be in the second month?

    Another 15 m - perhaps - but the launch brouha is over, and these are possibly the busiest months of the year.

    It doesn't sound too bad - but it's along way short of Stevie B's idea of 500m in a year, which I saw quoted somewhere.
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    Windows 8 number will grow as people buy new machines since they will all come with it installed. I wonder how long MS will allow OEM builders to ship with Windows 7 instead of Windows 8, giving the customer a choice?
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    Yes, it is a given.

    If you need to buy a new machine - you will be inflicted with win8.

    ( Unless you have $1000 to spend - then you will quite likely go for a mac ).

    I suppose that is why we are trying to find ways of making it tolerable.

    It is not as bad since I made some changes to the installation media and found a variety of methods to avoid the crapware and enable some sort of decent navigation system.
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