Microsoft Sells 4 Million Copies of Windows 8

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edogawa

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That's not very high, lets assume they sold 4 million OEM copies, that's only four hundred million. Most people bought 40 dollar upgrades I bet, so that's not a huge profit.
 

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[citation][nom]edogawa[/nom]That's not very high, lets assume they sold 4 million OEM copies, that's only four hundred million. Most people bought 40 dollar upgrades I bet, so that's not a huge profit.[/citation]

Microsoft is obviously not trying to get some quick cash, by offering the 40 dollar upgrade they are trying to convince people that they are still a top player and there is still a future for windows. They are just going for the long haul. Plus alot of people aren't aware a new version of windows has even been released, with all the adds this should change and more copies of windows should also be sold.
 

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Holy crap. An article by Zak Islam that isn't about Apple?! I think hurricane sandy mixed some papers around on his desk. Wait until he discovers this blunder!
 

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[citation][nom]edogawa[/nom]That's not very high, lets assume they sold 4 million OEM copies, that's only four hundred million. Most people bought 40 dollar upgrades I bet, so that's not a huge profit.[/citation]
That's 4 million upgrades, not counting sales to OEMs. They won't make much from those early upgrades, but I bet it is more important for them to get the ball rolling.

http://microsoft-news.com/microsoft-announces-4-million-windows-8-upgrades/

[citation][nom]jhansonxi[/nom]The Win8 app store is similar to the iPad app store in a bad way:http://club.myce.com/f189/windows- [...] are-329886[/citation]
It is similar to Google Play in all those ways too.
 

edogawa

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[citation][nom]bak0n[/nom]If OEM's are smart they'll start offering Linux options in systems.[/citation]

Why, if the average consumer has enough trouble with Windows, do you think Linux will be easier for them, it would be a mess.
 

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[citation][nom]edogawa[/nom]That's not very high, lets assume they sold 4 million OEM copies, that's only four hundred million. Most people bought 40 dollar upgrades I bet, so that's not a huge profit.[/citation]

So they spend a minimum of three years developing this OS, and you want to judge them on their return on investment by only a few days of sales? Does not compute...
 

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They didn't sell 4 million copies to the public, they forced the sale of 4 million copies on hapless OEM's who had no choice which they then get pushed onto the the helpless public who doesn't have a choice or a clue.
 

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Is he counting sales of RT devices or OEM copies? If not, why not? If his goal is to convince the developers to make Windows apps, why not use OEM licenses as well? It would be technically true, they're not giving them for free.
 

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[citation][nom]jhansonxi[/nom]The Win8 app store is similar to the iPad app store in a bad way:http://club.myce.com/f189/windows- [...] are-329886[/citation]

Surpise surprise, you need an account to use an online based software store. Also, they say they may deactivate accounts but to tell you the truth I have had a Live ID for 5 years and after I sold my Xbox 3 years ago, I haven't even touched it. When I picked up the Surface a few days ago i used that same Live ID and everything, including my xbox purchases pulled in. So I really doubt that they deactivate inactive accounts and if they do they are probably accounts with little information on them. Regardless everytime you log into your computer its hitting your Live Account so as long as you use your computer you are considered active.

Microsoft has been gathering system information forever. This does not seem any different. It looks like they share system information with their developers. Don't see any harm in that.

Also about the license thing... you mean they are actually enforcing limited license abuse! GASP SO MUCH FREEDOM GONE!

That whole article smacks of "You sign your life away with their TOS"... and it isn't like you have to use the Windows Store to install programs. Not only can you still install stuff outside of a store but there are huge alternatives like Steam which sell tons of programs and games.
 

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Notice how it says 4 million copies but doesn't tell you to who? lol Microsoft trying to pull a fast one here. I mean i would love to see the actaul retail copies sold so far, that's the tell, tell sign of what the consumors actually really think of Windows 8 and not 4 million copies were OEM licence copies that were sold to computer companies or upgrade 14.99 copies that were sold due in in part of new pc sales.
 

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[citation][nom]memadmax[/nom]4 Million suckers were born since friday...[/citation]

My thoughts exactly. The only people I can imagine buying this POS operating system are suckers or Microsoft's version of Isheep who will buy the lastest Microsoft software and proclaim it's the greatest thing sine the invention of the PC no matter how sh***y it is.
 

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[citation][nom]warezme[/nom]They didn't sell 4 million copies to the public, they forced the sale of 4 million copies on hapless OEM's who had no choice which they then get pushed onto the the helpless public who doesn't have a choice or a clue.[/citation]

He said they sold 4 Million "Upgrades". Probably wont know Retail sales for a bit.

[citation][nom]killerclick[/nom]Is he counting sales of RT devices or OEM copies? If not, why not? If his goal is to convince the developers to make Windows apps, why not use OEM licenses as well? It would be technically true, they're not giving them for free.[/citation]

Just upgrades, they might not have complete OEM data from everyone yet.[citation][nom]ddpruitt[/nom]Let's see comparisons of Win 7, Vista, and XP when they were released. Then we would have something to compare these numbers too.[/citation]

According to Ballmer at the Build conference Win 8 is selling faster than Win 7, of course the time frame is small so who knows how much that will change.
 

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[citation][nom]jhansonxi[/nom]The Win8 app store is similar to the iPad app store in a bad way:http://club.myce.com/f189/windows- [...] are-329886[/citation]

And you'll keep complaining about privacy on your facebook page...
 

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[citation][nom]bak0n[/nom]If OEM's are smart they'll start offering Linux options in systems.[/citation]

Remember "Lindows" How did that go?
 

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[citation][nom]spartanmk2[/nom]Zak Islam and a microsoft article? Is it april fools day already?[/citation]

You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone!
 

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the article says "over four million copies since its *release on Friday*."

i translate "release on friday" to mean retail copies. were the OEM licenses "released" on friday as well? i would think those get handled differently, but i don't really know.
 
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