Microsoft's Tami Reller Touts Over 200 Million Windows 8 Licenses Sold

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spaulding

Love all the hate comments on Win 8/8.1 I bought 8 when it came out and have had no issues. Upgraded 2 PCs and did a fresh install on 2 others. Went from Vista on one and 7 on the other. It's faster than 7 and actually more stable overall.

Why don't you stop bitching about an OS you obviously didn't use or TRY to use. If you like a certain one STAY WITH IT. If you build something new or buy new get THE NEW SHIT.

The Modern UI has given it a bad name but wow, classic shell has been out since day one and I only use it on my HTPC other than that it's BYPASSED.

Give the shit a shot or shut the fuck up. And make VALID reasons if you want to bitch about it.

Also Microsoft only had one true fail OS which was ME. XP sucked BALLSACKS when it came out. Vista was stable quicker than XP was (they hosed themselves with venders making drivers fail, but about 3-6 months in everything was working no problems). Win8 worked right out of the box with 0 issues. Win7 was successful based on the fact XP was so fucking old, didn't have the DirectX support, and Vista's driver issues (from 3rd parties) made it the upgrade of choice. You can honestly skip 8 at the moment (like most MS OS's you can skip 1 before you HAVE to upgrade).

If you want to talk MS failure just point to ME. If you want to talk about unstable OS's look at basically ALL Linux distros (had an Arch box just stop working on me which was annoying because I thought it was the best overall). Could also talk about all the failed Apple OS's prior to X (and X is starting to fail hard now too). But go ahead and bitch more about a product you used for a week and how much of a failure it is.

I'd vote for postpartum abortion because some of you honestly need to be taken out. I feel sorry for your parents having thrown so much money away on you for so many years. At least move the fuck out.

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praack

ah windows 8 license sales,

so how many of you are enterprise people?

how many of you are involved with laptop purchases?

notice that the laptop comes in with the convenient windows 8 license?

notice we scrub that OS from the drive and load Enterprise OS of choice

Guess what? Microsoft claims the Sale of the Laptop Windows license!!

my outfit is not that large just around 5,000 or so plus 10% stock - how big are yours?

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Granite

RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS, you need help. Your insults are lame, but you are annoying. But don't worry, dude. I can help.

Here...read this: http://amasci.com/weird/flamer.html

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llmoore

I just purchased a replacement laptop because my older model display died. This new laptop looked very similar to my older one but no, it was designed for Windoze 8 only. There are no driver available for Windows 7 and the second major problem I can not disable the touch pad. My cursor jumps all over the place, my screen scrolls up and down and the screen size changes. It took me 3 days just to get this piece of junk anywhere usable. Trying to use anything through the icons is slow.
BE CAREFUL BUYING LAPTOPS WITH WINDOZE 8.

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maxeeemum

I'd just return it as defective. HP is now advertising they are selling PCs with Windows 7. Get one of those and you'll be much happier.

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Granite

I don't usually buy computers, though I bought an HP laptop about 4 years ago, but one thing I learned a long time ago is to "do the research". That has saved me many time from buying stuff that was poorly made.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Did the aliens forget to remove your anal probe?

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dbqfan

Sounds just like the line we are getting from obama on obama care. How can you really tell how many are signed up? Thanks but I will keep my Win7. There will be no Win8 in my future. If I want a swipe screen and a tablet interface I will buy a tablet. Microsoft - leave my desktop alone......

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MarioJP

Well I had windows 8/8.1 on my laptop for almost a year. I do like how its fast and how it is streamlined. I don't mind the interface either. the reason why i upgraded to 8 was because of the store and there is a game that i liked very much until recently that developer decided to release an update that now requires direct x 10 rendering that game on my laptop unable to play it. I ended up downgrading to win 7 because of the direct x 10 requirement and that video driver for this laptop does not work well with 8.1. (I did find a temp solution to the issue though.) But games that now requires a gpu with dx10 is what did it for me. I will be upgrading back once i get a new laptop or build a desktop. Windows 8 is meant for modern PC's (even though the os itself can run on older hardware and the desktop of 8 is much better than 7). Going back to 7 feels like a downgrade.

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Random

Very misleading since Windows 8 came pre-installed on most new desktop/laptop computers purchased since Oct/2012. How many people wiped Windows 8 from their machines after purchasing? How many people made a conscious decision to go out and buy the OS off the shelf (or download) ?

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bpstone

This info means nothing to me. @Neufeldt2002: Agreed.

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maxeeemum

Microsoft said!

They left out the part that many companies have been upgrading to Windows 7 since October 2012. M$ uses that as a Win8 license sold with the downgrade option. And of course it's cheap and easy to pump out a bunch of DVDs in a box and flood retailers with them. But they sit on the shelves.

M$ isn't fooling anyone. No I'm wrong! The M$ sheep swallow this spin hook, line and sinker.

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Granite

Sorry to burst your bubble, but:

"The figure does not include volume license sales to enterprise."
http://www.techradar.com/us/news/software/operating-systems/windows-8-licenses-lap-200-million-but-can-t-touch-windows-7-1224669

So...your comment about what the companies are doing is irrelevant.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Are you always an idiot, or just when I'm around?

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maxeeemum

Do you really believe anything M$ says! If W8 is so successful why is upper management at M$ being fired, replaced, stepping down, reorganized or forced to resign?

Baaaaaaa ….... baaaa …..........BAAAAAAAAAAAAA ….... Baaaaaaa ….........Baaaa ….......BAAAAAAAAAAA …..baaa …........Baaaaaa ….....BAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8fp8ZcYdG4

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Granite

Actually, I believe TechRadar when they report something. Do you want to Baaaa at them, too? Maybe you want to Baaa at MPC?

If you've been following what's happening at MS, you'd know why they have been reorganizing...and it's not because Win8 is or isn't successful.

Anyway, your use of ridicule is indicative of your deficit of reasoned thought and expression. It must suck to be you when that's all you got.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Did your parents lose a bet with God?

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maxeeemum

LOL! Typical just say anything!

Just face it!!! Windows 8 is considered a failure for M$!

You need to stop trying to get a job at M$ by trying to defend them here.

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Granite

Oh, yes...you know all about saying stuff just to be saying stuff...no matter how inane what you say really is.

Win8 is considered a failure only by those of you who really, really wish it would be a failure. Too bad, as this article and many others show you, wishes don't always come true.

I have no desire to work for MS. In fact, if I had my wish, I wouldn't have to work at all. But then, I realize that wishes don't always come true. LOL!! No...I just happen to be a person who uses Win8, likes it and is constantly amused by MS haters such as you. Heck, you are probably posting from a Windows machine right now...while you bad-mouth MS. That's too funny, dude!!

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

100,000 sperm and you were the fastest?

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maxeeemum

............... Linux Mint lately! But I use many different OSes just depends on the day. I really don't hate M$ just what they're doing lately. It's more consumer activism.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consumer_activism

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Ghost XFX

Without the jacked up prices on W7, they wouldn't have sold even that much.

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Neufeldt2002

The only beef I have with this is that they sold 200 million. A sale does not mean activation. How many actually got activated?

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boidsonly

Yeah, M$ might have moved 200M copies but the device manufacturers are the ones on the hook to pawn them off on you and I...

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hornfire3

oh boy here we go again...

commenting for Maxeeemum in 3...2...1...

"What the hell is going on at Redmond?! And the mess continues!"

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bjoswald

Mostly because the general public is too stupid or lazy to find a copy of Windows 7 and install it on their own. Plus, MS probably gets a kick-back from every copy of that boxed holocaust they sell.

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Blues22475

"We're being very thoughtful about what's going well, what's not going well, and how do we change that," Reller said"

Hopefully you keep your ears open to the suggestions that your users are saying. So far being able to boot into the desktop immediately is a start.

Personally I have no opinion about Windows 8 anymore. I do hate that having to access Safe Mode with a backwards method makes things more annoying for techs who have to clean up a virused computer (or a computer that can't boot normally).

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Bullwinkle J Moose

In other news, the 90 day trial of Windows 8.1 was supposed to expire on January 15th

http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_cautions_windows_81_preview_expiring_soon_2013

I just restored an "Unactivated" backup and it was immediatly activated for 90 day when I connected to the EvilNet

Hmmm....

Better not tell that new guy at Microsoft about this....

All security updates installed just fine as well

Can I keep doing this until the Windows 9 trial is available?

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RICHARD RIDDICK

that is probably mostly on oem pc's and laptops, i dont know anyone who went out and bought 8 and the people i know who bought a device with 8 on it, switched over to windows 7.

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imtheniceone

It's too bad they are counting those of us that purchased new computers with Win 8 pre- installed, then quickly replaced it with the operating system of choice.

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JosephColt

A lot of stigmatization with the Windows 8 name now, much like Vista.

I love Windows 8, but the metro interface just isn't my thing, not in its current state. It's great for tablets and phones, but not on a desktop.

I've been using Windows 8 since release day with Start 8, and it's like using Windows 7, but improved. No matter what people claim, Windows 8 is a very good operating system, but we should not be forced into a new GUI without transitioning.

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Baer

I agree, I really now like win 8.1. I have set up the start screen in categories but I boot to the desktop and have my main programs pined to the task bar. No biggie. The Won 8.1 OS itself is fast and glitch free. It is really no big deal to any of us but the haters.
Win 7 was great, WIn 8.1 is also great. I don't care a hoot about touch and the start screen is not what I would have chosen but again no biggie.

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Renegade Knight

I didn't like the kludgy marriage of Desktop and Metro. I also dislike that a lot of power user things are harder to do.

That said. I now like the start screen idea. I don't have a problem with Metro and will now use 8 for my tablet needs (Not RT. Only full versions). I also find that 8 Desktop improves on 7. Though 7 is still a very good OS for any non touch screen system.

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Granite

I don't call myself a "power user"...whatever that is, but can you tell me what kind of power user things are harder to do in Win8?

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Renegade Knight

Windows 7 had a great backup utility. Using that in 8 wasn't intuitive. 8.1 seems to have gotten rid of it. Setting up a network printer was easy in 7. In 8 you have to avoid the 8 version of adding a new device because it's horrid at finding a network printer, and find the 7 version which still works well. Managing your startup programs in the Startup Directory. They are still there. Getting to that directory is harder.

Evey time I need to tweak the system. Something my mom wouldn't do (as a non power user). It's harder to find.

It's not a deal breaker because these needs don't come up every day. However they do occur often enough to where I notice it.

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Granite

The backup utility is still in Win8.1, but it's been moved. You'll find it in the File History folder. There are a number of ways to get to it: You can right click the windows button on the task bar, select control panel and then select File History. Or, on the start screen, you can search for File History, it'll find it and you are on your way. Sounds pretty easy to me.

I don't use printers, but I did a quick search and found a boatload of articles telling how to set up a network printer. Doesn't look too difficult to me.

If you want to get to your startup programs easily, right click the windows button on the task bar, select task manager, select startup tab. There it is. Three mouse clicks.

In fact, just about all you need to tweak your system can be found by right clicking that windows button. I don't know...I've never found that to be very hard to do. But then again, I'm not a power user.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

You are depriving some poor village of its idiot.

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spokenwordd

Windows 8 hate posts in 3....2....1....

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Granite

One thing is for sure...despite the naysayers, whiners and criers, Win8 is not going away.

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Zanshi

Vista didn't go away, either. What's your point?

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Granite

My point is that so many people have been predicting that Win8 will fail. I'm saying it won't.

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wkwilley2

You're completely right. It won't go away. I'm sure if any of us dug long enough, we could find a computer with WinMe on it......failures don't go away, they just get shoved back into the corner and everyone hopes they are forgotten.

Likely, just like with Vista and 7, Win 9 will be what Win 8 should have been.

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Granite

Ummm...

I hate to break it to you, but Win9 will have more in common with Win8 than it will with Win7.