Listen to certain sections of the media and you would be led to believe that Windows 8 has been a massive failure for Microsoft, on the levels of Vista. However, the figures Microsoft have just released tell quite a different story.
It took 183 days for Windows 7 to reach the 100 million licenses mark. Windows 8 has just hit the same milestone. How long did it take? 192 days. That’s just 9 days long than its predecessor, so it is selling at a very similar rate. This shows that consumers are willing to take plunge with Microsoft’s latest operating system, despite there being bigger changes to it than there have been since the last century, and despite certain outlets around the web suggesting that there are many issues still with it and that consumers are responding badly to new style.
Yes, Windows 8 needs some work to bring it up to the standards we expect from Microsoft, but it is a step in the right direction, and hopefully with the now confirmed Blue update we will see a much smoother and more coherent feel to the OS with both the familiar desktop and the brand new start screen.
Microsoft has also released some more figures relating to Windows 8:
- There are now 700 million Microsoft accounts
- There are 400 million active Outlook.com accounts
- There are 250 million active SkyDrive users
- There have been 250 million Windows Store downloads
We ought to remember that for the first 3 months or so of Windows 8’s availability, it was sold at a reduced price. it only cost me £25 for Windows 8 Pro with Media Centre, whereas now it’s £189.99 for Pro without Media Centre. Quite a significant price difference.
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