Skip to comments.Windows 8 outsells Windows 7
Posted on 12/04/2012 6:07:15 AM PST by SmokingJoe
Sales of the Windows 8 operating system, which was launched on October 26, were driven by upgrades rather than users purchasing the software on new machines, according to Reuters.
Microsoft sold 60 million Windows 7 licenses in two months, compare to 40 million licenses of Windows 8 in one month.
Tami Reller, finance and marketing head of Microsoft's Windows division, said yesterday: "Windows 8 upgrade momentum is outpacing that of Windows 7," speaking at an investor conference held by Credit Suisse.
Previous versions of Microsoft operating systems sold considerably fewer licenses than Windows 8 in a comparable period, with XP shipping 8 million units in the month following its launch in 2002, and Microsoft Vista selling around 10 million licenses in the first 30 days following its introduction in 2006.
In raw figures, Windows 8′s first month has been around twice as strong as for Windows Vista, and four times as strong as that of Windows XP
However, there is now a much higher volume of PC users worldwide than in 2001, and Windows 8′s upgrade price is far less than it has traditionally charged for new versions of Windows.
Upgrading to Windows 8 costs £43, compared to £88 for the full software package or £399 for the new Microsoft Surface tablet running Windows 8.
Many of the sales are to PC manufacturers, who in turn sell a large number of machines to companies, very few of which are using Windows 8 yet.
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I smell BS.
As pointed out, a promised cheap upgrade to 8 for those who bought machines with 7 counted in the figures.
Of course they also get the Fisher Price start menu for their trouble. Ugh.
The first command required for a PC with Windows 8 or Vista on it is “format c: /q”
My week or so of experience with a new Windows 8 machine taught me that this operating system is 85% devoted to playtime IMHO. Just like the brain of your typical under-30 Obama voter. I’m sure the business community will just LOVE having to pay for Windows 8.
In it’s defense it seems far more stable than Windows Vista, but what isn’t?
Boot the machine with a recent Ubuntu CD in it.
Duh. All new machines are coming with it.
From the article
“Previous versions of Microsoft operating systems sold considerably fewer licenses than Windows 8 in a comparable period, with XP shipping 8 million units in the month following its launch in 2002, and Microsoft Vista selling around 10 million licenses in the first 30 days following its introduction in 2006. “
In raw figures, Windows 8’s first month has been around twice as strong as for Windows Vista, and four times as strong as that of Windows XP"
How many milli-seconds can you use it before the error message pops up and it locks up?
I just got a replacement laptop under warrantee.
slightly different computer with windows 8 instead of 7.
now if I had a touch screen in might come in handy, but I do not and I am waiting for my son to get the skinny on removing it...or changing it to bypass all the silly touch screen icon defaults.....
FYI I am NOT a computer nerd(though my kids are to a point)....I just want these things to work without jumping through hoops.
You can download Win 8 for $40. If you have an older machine with Vista it’s probably worth doing the upgrade, as long as you have the memory and hardware that can handle it.
“How many milli-seconds can you use it before the error message pops up and it locks up?”
Long enough to realize that microsoft still owns 85% of the OS market.
Bought a new computer with Windows 8 and upgraded others from Vista for consistency on my home network - pain in the neck to buy and install new software that wasn’t compatible from Vista and has been a disaster from a printing perspective - took both a Brother and an HP printer out. Have upgraded drivers... but HP still pretty much dead - will print test page ok on reinstallation and say it’s offline. No help from HP (tried all their website suggestions)- at least Brother provided some online support that solved its problems.
Complete BS. I am a field service Technician.
Those that have windows 8 hate it.
Many have asked “can I down grade?” I always reply “yes”
Many have set up appointments to do just that.
I won’t switch to Win-8; not even at gunpoint. I’ve got 3 Win-7 new install CDs, and 2 Win-7 upgrade CDs, for my home and former office HP units.