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Microsoft Has Sold More Than 100M Windows 8 Licenses

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    Microsoft Has Sold More Than 100M Windows 8 Licenses


    Bymost accounts, Windows 8 isn’t all that popular, butaccording to Microsoft’s latest numbers, thecompany has now sold more than 100 million copies of the latest version of itsdesktop operating system. In January, the last time Microsoft provided updatednumbers for Windows 8, the company said that it had passed the 60 million mark. Windows 8 users are alsogetting used to using the Windows Store, it seems, as the total number ofdownloads for the first six months has now passed 250 million.

    Microsoft Says It Has Sold More Than 100M Win8 Licenses, Blue Coming "Later This Year"


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    Unfortunately, 'sold' can have many meanings and invariably doesn't mean that 100 million consumers have purchased those licences, most probably reside with manufacturers as they buy licenses to pre-install on PCs etc.

    I probably count for a dozen or so of those downloads and then have simply uninstalled most of them, as they are utter crap.
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    Can someone post Windows 7's marketshare at Microsoft's claim of 100 millions licenses sold so we can compare that data to today?

    OEM licenses sold and consumer licenses are kind of different.
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    The word in this case is "Sold." It really doesn't matter if you are one of the people who have bought one of these licenses (or more than one), it still goes on the books whether you use them or not you still put out cash for the software thus Microsoft can say they sold you this OS.
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    Not quite, sold can refer to licences that an OEM has purchased, which they must, yet not one of their devices with a licenced copy of Windows 8 may be sitting in someone's home. There could be 50 million OEM licences sitting in warehouses that Microsoft considers 'sold'.
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    Hi Ray,

    They still are sold whether they are on a computer in someone's home or not. Just because the manufacture hasn't sold the computer doesn't mean the license hasn't been sold. The manufacture has already bought the OS they just haven't sold the computer it is install on as of yet.
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    However, that is a tad deceptive (though technically true), as it's how many licences that are actually in full time use that tells the true story of the success, or not, of Windows 8. As the old adage goes: 'There are lies, damn lies, and statistics'.
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    I stopped reading at "Microsoft says..."
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    In other words, they GAINED 100M haters? I have OEM so I may not be counted here but I am fine. It's just my secondary system anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    However, that is a tad deceptive (though technically true), as it's how many licences that are actually in full time use that tells the true story of the success, or not, of Windows 8. As the old adage goes: 'There are lies, damn lies, and statistics'.
    True. Not that I am really bothered by how many people have/have not bought Windows 8, Martin says something similar here:

    "One could say that Microsoft does not really have to care to whom they sell the licenses. But that is shortsighted as manufacturers who do not sell as many Windows 8 devices as hoped will certainly reduce future orders based on that. It all comes down to the end user adoption rate and all indicators suggest that it is lower than that of Windows 7."

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