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Estimates peg 59M Windows 8 devices in use

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    Estimates peg 59M Windows 8 devices in use


    Computerworld - Microsoft this week said that it had sold 100 million licenses of Windows 8 in the operating system's first six months. But how many copies are being used?
    That's a question Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy, had at the top of his list after seeing Microsoft's milestone, which was revealed by Tami Reller, the CFO of the Windows division, in a Tuesday blog post and interviews with several media outlets.
    "The challenge is figuring out what that actually means," said Moorhead of the 100-million mark. "It doesn't mean that there are that many devices out the door."

    For April, Windows 8's average usage share was 4.2% of all Windows PCs, according to Net Applications' data. That number included what Net Applications labeled as "touch" for Windows 8 and Windows RT, those tablets and touch-enabled notebooks that browse the Web from the "Modern" user interface (UI) rather than the mouse-and-keyboard UI of the traditional desktop.
    Four-point-two percent of 1.4 billion equals approximately 58.6 million, the number of devices using Windows 8 last month.
    Those same calculations also illustrate the huge chore Microsoft and its customers, predominantly enterprises, have in ditching the 12-year-old Windows XP before April 2014's support retirement deadline. Using the same math, XP powers about 584.4 million machines, or well over half a billion PCs.
    Estimates peg 59M Windows 8 devices in use - Computerworld

    At this rate XP will have in 2 years more users than Windows 8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by labeeman View Post
    Computerworld - Microsoft this week said that it had sold 100 million licenses of Windows 8 in the operating system's first six months. But how many copies are being used?
    That's a question Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy, had at the top of his list after seeing Microsoft's milestone, which was revealed by Tami Reller, the CFO of the Windows division, in a Tuesday blog post and interviews with several media outlets.
    "The challenge is figuring out what that actually means," said Moorhead of the 100-million mark. "It doesn't mean that there are that many devices out the door."

    For April, Windows 8's average usage share was 4.2% of all Windows PCs, according to Net Applications' data. That number included what Net Applications labeled as "touch" for Windows 8 and Windows RT, those tablets and touch-enabled notebooks that browse the Web from the "Modern" user interface (UI) rather than the mouse-and-keyboard UI of the traditional desktop.
    Four-point-two percent of 1.4 billion equals approximately 58.6 million, the number of devices using Windows 8 last month.
    Those same calculations also illustrate the huge chore Microsoft and its customers, predominantly enterprises, have in ditching the 12-year-old Windows XP before April 2014's support retirement deadline. Using the same math, XP powers about 584.4 million machines, or well over half a billion PCs.
    Estimates peg 59M Windows 8 devices in use - Computerworld

    At this rate XP will have in 2 years more users than Windows 8.
    I'll actually bet that XP will outlast Windows 8 by YEARS -- not so much for typical home computers - but because of the extensive use XP has for all sorts of legacy but incredibly expensive equipment -- Volcano monitoring gear, Lab analysis and metering tools, Oil rig gas / pressure analysis -- and zillions more. This gear was never updated to W7 either because the manufacturer no longer existed or to upgrade both hardware and software would just be HIDEOUSLY EXPENSIVE for no real gain.

    It's easy for typical home consumers to go into a store and just think -Let's upgrade - but out in the Real World it doesn't work like that - and XP even today is still a real workhorse of an OS for these sorts of cases. In a lot of cases too this gear runs on dedicated systems so things like Internet security etc are totally irrelevant. Also most of this type of gear can run quite happily on a Windows XP Virtual Machine too.

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    That is probably a reasonable stab at a ballpark figure.

    The bigger issue for MS is the trajectory.

    I suspect it has been going down steeply.

    Example ( imaginary figures to illustrate - there will also be adjustments for known seasonal variations )

    month 3 14m
    month 4 12m
    month 5 10m
    month 6 8m

    If that is the shape - it is bad news.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post

    I'll actually bet that XP will outlast Windows 8 by YEARS -- not so much for typical home computers - but because of the extensive use XP has for all sorts of legacy but incredibly expensive equipment -- Volcano monitoring gear, Lab analysis and metering tools, Oil rig gas / pressure analysis -- and zillions more. This gear was never updated to W7 either because the manufacturer no longer existed or to upgrade both hardware and software would just be HIDEOUSLY EXPENSIVE for no real gain.

    It's easy for typical home consumers to go into a store and just think -Let's upgrade - but out in the Real World it doesn't work like that - and XP even today is still a real workhorse of an OS for these sorts of cases. In a lot of cases too this gear runs on dedicated systems so things like Internet security etc are totally irrelevant. Also most of this type of gear can run quite happily on a Windows XP Virtual Machine too.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    I hear you loud a clear. Even if the manufacture does exist they would rather sell you another seven figure machine before upgrading the old unit been there done that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    That is probably a reasonable stab at a ballpark figure.

    The bigger issue for MS is the trajectory.

    I suspect it has been going down steeply.

    Example ( imaginary figures to illustrate - there will also be adjustments for known seasonal variations )

    month 3 14m
    month 4 12m
    month 5 10m
    month 6 8m

    If that is the shape - it is bad news.
    I have seen enough figures to figure that the curve is pretty flat and M$ knows it too.
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    59 Mil? Is this, again, items on Shelves, or in the greasy hands of Kids with pimples playing Angry Birds, as it is the only game available? - PS - I BEAT Angry Birds Space!
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    Example: in the past few months, my work has installed about 200 machines with Windows 8 licenses but every one had our own Windows 7 image installed. We just used the 8 license to down grade
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    60m or so seems likely.

    The danger for MS is that monthly activations will keep dropping.
    ( Unless they have already hit rock bottom and remain flat from now on.)
    People are not rushing to take up the 8 offerings.
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    It seems that mroe people have used eVasi0n to Jailbreak their iPhones and iPads than have activated Microsoft devices.
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