Microsoft Sold 40 Million Windows 8 Licenses in First Month

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ohsnaps1104

Linux is commonly unknown to the general masses. Ask a person on the street. Linux? ... Er, what? ... Exactly. Many may move to Apple if MS doesn't pull a rabbit out of their captain's quarters.

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kuebel33

I upgraded my desktop to Windows 8 and I freaking love it. It's mind blowing to see all the complaints. Did these people even spend time using Windows 8? Granted, I played with it during pre-release on a VM for a while so I was more familiar with it, but it's so fast and smooth. The live tiles are awesome once you customize them and it just works better so far. I also feel like they improved remote desktop functionality as it even cooks while I'm connected remotely.

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mak

lol, it is good to see XP holding strong. still the best.
cleartype, gpu antialiasing and vertical folders. yuck!
just give us options to turn off these things and more.
that is all we ask.

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maxeeemum

I believe the title should read:

"Microsoft Has Made 40 Million Windows 8 Licenses Available For Sale in First Month"

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EricX2

Between my machine still running XP and my 'friend' with pirated copy of Windows 7 (and a spare for when I build a new system next year).

I don't have to use the Modern UI. I don't have to install apps from the store... but I could if I wanted to. If you do install it pay 5 bucks and put Start8 on it. They have updated the actual desktop/explorer interface quite a bit. The Modern UI is not the only new feature.

That is not really great if you already have Windows 7, but IMO it's a great path for people with decent systems running XP (or Vista). They get current and only spend $45 bucks (if they purchase it on the discount and buy Start8). Sure, classic shell is free, but after trying both I think Start8 is better.

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compguytracy

Not a fanboy to say the least, i own my own computer repair business, and so far have had zero problems running 8, my 2 modifications as it were is to put a shut down and sleep shortcut on the desktop, problem solved running to charms to shut off or sleep my computer. i got the win 8 with media center oprion, and so far so good. may be on gaming system at home soon, just have to train the wife where to look for facebook! And btw, where does ms come up with the numbering system? even if you dont count dot releases, this is the 11th version of windows. win 1,2,3,95,98, me, 2000, xp, vista, 7, 8 and if you get technical, 3.1, 3.11, windows for workgroups, xp media center edition. that would make this win 15!!!

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dantfmly

http://www.askvg.com/why-microsoft-used-the-name-windows-7-explanation-inside/ this article has the explanation as to what the number scheme is. but the short is here

1.0: Windows 1.0
2.0: Windows 2.0
3.0: Windows 3.0
3.1: Windows NT
4.0: Windows 95, 98, 98SE, ME
5.0: Windows 2000
5.1: Windows XP
6.0: Windows Vista
7.0: Windows 7
8.0: Windows 8

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Ghost XFX

How many of those licenses were "OEM"?

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Summary: Thanks to Microsoft, the Linux Foundation's program for booting Linux easily on Windows 8 PCs protected with Secure Boot is still stuck in neutral.

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wolfing

I guess we will know on next Microsoft's stockholders report, when they have to show actual numbers. # of 'licensed' units doesn't tell me anything. What's included there? Are they all 'paid' licenses? Do they include the # of still unsold computers/tablets sitting in retailers' racks?

Right now we have retailers and manufacturers saying that demand for W8 devices has been 'less than expected' or 'lackluster', and Microsoft saying they've "licensed" gazillions. I'm inclined to believe the first group.

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Scatter

Well, seeing as how every new PC made has to have an OS installed before it can be sold retail and factor in the fact that Microsoft only sells Windows 8 now I can't say that I'm surprised that they sold 40 million licenses. But this isn't because consumers like Windows 8, it's because the average big box retailer doesn't have a choice.

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dantfmly

How many of licenses were bought because of the cheap price now, but are holding out on actually using it? I am thinking about doing that myself. I hate windows 8 with everything that I am made of because it and makes no sense with a none touch sreen desktop computer. I know, though; the switch over will be inevitable eventually, as microsoft shoves us all away from windows anything else. So I was considering buying windows 8 pro licesnses for 40 dollars each (x3), instead of the 199 each after jan 31, now and only installing them when I finally have to down the road for what ever reason (maybe after an SP1 and hope MS makes a couple of changes that would be nice like a factory start menu and factory coice to auto log into desktop, no stupid tiles for none touch screen devices not having to use third party programs like you do now to make those changes). I am just waiting till after christmas to how much christmas money i get. :-)

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AzMonguse

Yes I tried win8 out on my desktop just glad I have a win7 image saved as after installing it and updating the video card drivers my video drivers crashed every 1-3 min when trying to play World of Warcraft. So Win 8 got dumped and reinstall my win7 image, all is fine again even with the win7/8 video drives installed. I also dislike the tiles, and other junk being forced on us. maybe if they make changes and it will allow me to play the games I like to I may someday switch else I'll stay with 7 till it dies.

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burpnrun

Whoopee. 40 million copies in first month, split between:
- pre-load sales to OEM PC makers;
- pre-load sales to retail outlets (NE, TD, etc)
- pre-installs on their own MS Surface machines;
- sales through its own MS retail outlets
- worldwide.

And so on. Note that this is an UNAUDITED, unattributed claim, mindlessly scooped of the wire services by all and sundry and mindlessly parroted by every publication; it might just be the normal hype and BS from MS.

As another poster notes, this Win8 sales rate is FAR below Windows 7 adoption rate. Even the beta downloads were a minor fraction of Window 7's.

Not surprising given the Metro shambles, the removal of useful functionality in Win8 (eg., a Media Player), only programs purchased via the MS store are reflected properly in Win8, others are second-class citizens, etc.

Not to mention your new PC now has a "Secure Boot" lock-in for only Microsoft Win8; very expensive boat anchor for anything else. "Secure Boot" = Microsoft lock-in; when was the last time you heard of a virus taking over the boot loader?

Where else but Microsoft could you get less in an OS, a dimwit (Metro) interface, a lock-in, and give up tons of your private information from hidden "phone-home" system programs of Win8, for the same price, for something that is vastly inferior to Windows 7?

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Andrew.Hodge

I'm not really surprised at all. Windows8 is awesome as an OS for everyone but the most stuck-on tech enthusiasts who just can't stand anything in the world to change. I've even seen two die-hard apple fanatics (my wife and her friend) have knee-jerk "ooh I want it" reactions since I put in on my computer. Isn't that what M$ needs to be doing? For years now, we have been losing people in droves to mac. I think it's about time the PC world had something that took them back.

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Paper Jam

Don't you think "awesome as an OS" is kind of an overstatement on your part? Sure it's new and shiny, and maybe it can be attractive to some, like Mac users.

But here's the thing. I installed the evaluation copy on my daughter's laptop. The first time she used it she had to come to me and ask "how do I cut off my laptop". She is a teenager and is fairly tech savvy. This does not bode well for Windows 8. The option to power down your machine should not require you to drill down through so many layers to find. After using it for less than a week she asked me to return her laptop to Windows 7.

I'm sure that it is okay for touch screen devices, but the Metro/Modern/Windows 8/whatever interface was not designed with traditional computers in mind, and it shows. And just because someone doesn't like it doesn't make them a "stuck-on tech enthusiasts who just can't stand anything in the world to change". All we're asking for is the native ability to use an interface that we like and are accustomed to. Why is that too much to ask?

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dantfmly

You obviously are smoking something, or are a apple, none freedom loving person. It has nothing to do with change. It has to do with function. They are taking away functions from us advanced users, and making it more locked down and more apple like. That is what we all hate and despise. When windows 7 came out I loved the changes they made from windows xp. I would have loved windows vista had it not been for all of the problems that came with it. I have no problem with changes, but when those changes make none touch screen desktop users second citzens to touch screen (and mobile) devices and take functions away or make them not very intuative to find or use with a mouse and keyboard, I am goind to hate it. Not to mention the whole new app environment lockdown MS is doing, making it just like apple and everything has to go through them and there is no sideloading apps (installing apps from elsewhwere other then just microsoft) I want nothing to do with that. If this is the wave of the future, I pray for linux or android (a version of linux) to take over the desktop market and give me my freedoms back. I hate apple for those very reasons also. no choice in equipment (only the few models they make, like or leave it attitude), and they have a lockdown on everything. you can't even change what is on the home pages on an iphone, only the wallpaper. NO FREEDOM. But lately who cares in this country we are all becoming mindless creatures with no thoughts of our own, giving up all kinds of freedoms all the time. Apple is proving this. That is why so many mindless people are flocking to them, just because its apple. There system is proving so successful as of late MS wants a piece of the action.

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Keith E. Whisman

Actually, you can't side load apps on the Windows 8 Surface Tablet, on the Desktop and Windows 8 Pro Surface you can side load and still install via download from the web. Actually I was wrong in that first sentence, you can download apps and install them from the web on the surface Windows 8 tablet so I don't get where your coming from on this. I've been running Windows 8 Pro since Beta Testing started and now all three computers in my house are running Windows 8 Pro. It's actually a pretty good OS. I just installed Ubuntu 12.10 and am more pissed that I have to know the name of the app and do a search to find installed apps because not all of them have icons or are even listed anywhere even though they are installed and showed up under one of the menu lists in previous releases. I literally have to search for GParted because it's not listed and has no icon anywhere yet when I do a search I find it installed and a nice icon to click on launches the app. How shitty is that.. How is Ubuntu making Linux more accessible to the masses by doing that? Just stupid and yet I hear nobody here screaming about how terrible the new Ubuntu is. At least everything is still in Windows, I can actually find the app to launch it within a few clicks, not so with Ubuntu.

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dantfmly

According to this article http://www.howtogeek.com/129535/how-to-sideload-modern-apps-on-windows-8/ you can not sideload apps in windows 8 unless you have a developers license. They monitor what you do with the licenses and if they find out you are not using for developer means the could pull the license. they do not want the average user to sideload apps for personal use. They want everybody to go through the MS market. I believe I saw somewhere that they said it is for security reasons, but that is BS to me they just want control like apple has control. They do not want us to have free will in the computer market. they feel they will not make enough money that way. keep us tied to there system and force us to pay them. I am discussed by this move from MS. making it even worse then it was before. at least there was some freedom before. By the way this is for the new windows 8 Apps, not old style windows applications. That is why they left the desktop, so you could use the old style apps. there will be a push though to stop development of old style windows applications and make these new style apps the only ones that can be done, making us all have to go through MS to install any new app to our computers. talk about lockdown. I am disgusted by this move, so are OEMs and software developers that all now will have to go through MS to sell or give an application to you. What kind of crap is that. Oh wait a minute sounds like something that already exists oh yeah apple mobile market. No thanks.

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kevaskous

+1 Everything about my day to day tasks has gotten better, anything I want changed I changed (As I have with every previous Os from anyone ever, I'm never happy as no one does it like I want) And I really like the speed increases and the finally redone parts of the Os that have needed updating since Win98 so that they give worthwhile information again.

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dantfmly

I will admitted their are some great improvements to part of the OS but the problems I have stated above, for me greatly override any benefit the new operating system has, and a lot of people agree with me about the negatives overriding the positives., because the OEM companies are saying what MS won't, windows 8 is not selling. I hope windows 8 dies a miserable death.

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markoramius1086

Well... it's kinda hard to say that extrordinary when many of the mainstream computer retailers are practically giving Windows 8 for free with their products, and not giving the option to default back to Windows7 (Granted someone could just reformat and download it themselves, but that is time and money). Considering that, is it really surprising that 40 million have been registered when they're, for all intensive purposes, forcing it on all the new computers they can?

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jgottberg

Of course Microsoft is insisting vendors install Windows 8 on new PC shipments. Why wouldn't they? Do you think Apple ships an older version of their OS on their products if they have already released a new version?

I don't know why this is an issue for the so-called enthusiasts. An Enthusiast wouldn't buy a pre-built machine and could install any OS they desire anyways.

For non-enthusiasts or for those willing to try something different, they can buy a new PC with it already installed.

There is always a choice.

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Scatter

What choice does a non techie person have if they want to purchase a new PC but don't want Windows 8? Can they walk into their local big box retailer and purchase a new PC with Windows 7 pre-installed instead of Windows 8? Not unless they luck out and find old stock. Real choice would be Microsoft allowing manufacturers to ship new PCs with Windows 7 or Windows 8.

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DeltaFIVEengineer

People do have a choice. They can choose between Windows 8, OS X, or a Chromebook. I hate Windows 8 as much as most do but I've accepted the fact that Windows 7 will never see the light of day on a brand new computer. If people really don't like it, they'll vote with their wallets and buy something else that another company has to offer.

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Hey.That_Dude

intensive purposes...I guess when you describe it as "Forced" onto new computers, it could be intensive. Most people say "intents and purposes."
As for them selling 40 Million copies. I laugh at those numbers. I'd bet money that they included every PC that came preloaded with that statistic, or they counted all those free copies they gave away with that bug of theirs.

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theplustwo

It's "for all intents and purposes." not "for all intensive purposes."

But yeah, even if Microsoft shipped a version of Windows that was universally reviled, they'd sell millions of copies due to their OEM agreements.

Also, the initial reports of Windows 8 selling poorly were vastly exaggerated. Paul Thurrott, the same journalist cited in the article above, posted another article a week ago saying that all his initial report said was that Windows 8 sales had not met Microsoft's internal projections. That doesn't necessarily mean that it's selling poorly, perhaps their projections were just unrealistic.

We don't know what those projections were, or how many fewer units they'd shipped than expected. And that was before the Black Friday / Cyber Monday weekend so it's probably a completely moot point now.

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Blues22475

Agreed. I am curious to see the numbers for folks who actually downloaded this OS (apparently you could obtain a digital copy).

I am not entirely surprised that the quota was not met, but maybe their quota was not reasonable?

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Granite

Comparing the roll out of Win8 to the roll out of Win7 is apples and oranges.

Win7 was not a brand new OS...rather it was essentially a bug fix for Vista.

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DoctorX

you do realize that win8 is the same thing? Just a bugfix with new interface?

Windows xp v5
Vista 6.0
Win7 6.1
win8 6.2 not 7.0.

Minor bug fix only with a few tweaks and a gawd awful interface.

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SilverSurferNHS

pass me that crack pipe pleeez

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Scatter

Well to be fair it was. Windows 7 really could have (and should have) been a service pack for Windows Vista.

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Granite

Snappy comeback...but essentially useless.

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SilverSurferNHS

useless comment, but essentially useless

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