Windows 8 hasn’t been the complete train wreck some were predicting, but it also seems clear it wasn’t a run away success either. Microsoft dropped word that it moved over 40 million copies of Windows 8 within the first month, however there has been a great deal of debate on whether or not this actually constitutes a success. It’s approximately the same number of licenses Windows 7 sold during the same launch period, but as you’ve no doubt read us discussing ad nauseum, times have changed. Evidence has surfaced that Microsoft blames OEM’s for sales falling below internal projections, and OEM as you can imagine see things differently.
Microsoft wanted us all to believe Windows 8 would spark a new wave of consumer upgrades, and finally put to rest all the doom and gloom stories about declining PC sales. Skeptics were skeptical (surprise), but at least a few of these naysayers have been proven right. Windows 8 hasn’t lit the PC world on fire, but can we all at least agree it’s just a bit too early to say Windows 8 is a flop? Blogs from around the web pounced on the Supersite’s headline declaring Windows 8 a failure, but the story here is much more complicated.
Exact sales figures on devices can be somewhat hard to come by. Apple will occasionally share how many “iOS device’s they sold in a quarter”, they might even be generous enough to separate phones and tablets, but they rarely break it down by model. The Surface RT has been on sale now for about two weeks, and while we don’t exactly have specific numbers to go on, we do know what Steve Ballmer thinks of its sales performance in general.
Microsoft has suffered through more than a few security embarrassments over the years, but at least according to Kaspersky Labs, the Redmond based software giant is back in control. The security researchers have named the top 10 offending companies/products, and for once, Microsoft has been knocked off the list thanks to improvements in Windows 7 & 8. Automatic update mechanisms are citied as the top reason for the high profile exclusion, and have indeed done an amazing job of keeping hackers at bay.
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Windows 8 is far and away the most “Bing Centric” operating system to ever come out of Redmond, and if adoption is as brisk as Microsoft hopes, Google should be quite nervous. Novice users might get sucked into Microsoft’s cloud by accident, and considering how great all the new services are, Google risks never getting them back. So what’s the solution? A hilarious new video showing how to “Get Your Google Back”.
In a recent interview, Valve CEO Gabe Newell took a few pot shots at Windows 8, and it didn’t take long before Blizzard, Mojang, and several other high profile developers piled on. Most have stopped short of calling it a “catastrophe” the way Gabe Newell did, however most have made it clear they don’t see much benefit for PC Gamers who are on the fence about upgrading. "If Microsoft decides to lock down Windows 8, it would be very, very bad for indie games and competition in general," said Minecraft creator and founder of Mojang, Markus "Notch" Persson. Microsoft’s response’s was a carefully worded statement attempting to restore confidence, however when terms like "Games For Windows Live" are used, we had to admit to being slightly skeptical.
Microsoft’s activation service has always been somewhat controversial since its debut in Windows XP, but has turned out to be a necessary evil. The process started out being very forgiving, and to be fair, we have yet to hear of a single legitimate customer being turned away. Even when Microsoft was within its rights to deny activation as a result of terms in the EULA, a simple phone call was often all it took to resolve the dispute. Pirates have been taking advantage of Microsoft’s generous nature for years now, and new reports are suggesting they are looking to close down a few of the loop holes with Windows 8.
In a recent interview with Valve CEO Gabe Newell, the outspoken unofficial head of PC Gaming leveled some pretty damning criticism on Windows 8. Using words such as “catastrophe”, the internet instantly lit up with story’s and comments that for the most part, were largely supportive of his radical stance. It could easily be argued that his comments are largely self-serving since Microsoft is setting itself up in direct competition with Valve’s Steam store, but people will have to decide for themselves. Why bring up old wounds you ask? Valve has a new supporter.