Wednesday, October 31st 2012

4 Million Windows 8 Licenses Sold: Ballmer

Microsoft sold over 4 million licenses to its Windows 8 operating system, which was launched last Friday worldwide. The figure was announced by CEO Steve Ballmer, speaking at the Build conference, attended by over 2,000 developers. Ballmer cited these numbers to encourage developers to build apps for the new operating system, and its fundamentally changed user-interface. Microsoft claimed that there are over 120,000 apps in its Windows App Store, a number catching up with the roughly 700,000 apps on similar established distribution platforms such as Apple App Store and Google Play. "Windows 8 is the best opportunity for software development today," Ballmer stated. "Hundreds of millions of people are aching to use your apps, just dying to use your application."

Source: Tom's Hardware
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79 Comments on 4 Million Windows 8 Licenses Sold: Ballmer

#1
Dos101
by: trickson
I am proud not to be one of the 4 million.
We know lol
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#2
coldtortilla
I am one of those 4 million except the only thing I don't like about it is my wireless adapter's drivers do not work properly on windows 8 :( other than that it is refreshing and a fresh experience.
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#3
eidairaman1
by: coldtortilla
I am one of those 4 million except the only thing I don't like about it is my wireless adapter's drivers do not work properly on windows 8 :( other than that it is refreshing and a fresh experience.
If there's a compatibility mode for win 7 use. use it
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#5
Solidstate89
by: Melvis
You wouldn't be, you be upgrading to Windows 7
Let's see, I get Hyper-V support, HEASLR memory protection as well as storage pooling and thin provisioning capabilities. Yeah, nah. I'll stick with my Windows 8 upgrade

by: hhumas
maybe all these 4 million are purchased by computer companies and mobile companies ... becoz i didn't see anyone appreciating windows 8
Companies do not purchase upgrade licenses. They purchase Enterprise licenses in bulk. All 4 million upgrade licenses were purchased by individuals. I don't know how many times it's been clarified in this thread. These. Are. Upgrade. Licenses.
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#6
mediasorcerer
Hows staring at those tiles working out for everyone on win 8 i wonder?
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#7
coldtortilla
by: eidairaman1
If there's a compatibility mode for win 7 use. use it
Well the drivers install but when I connect to my wifi I get a BOSD everytime so it never connects to my wifi
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#8
eidairaman1
by: coldtortilla
Well the drivers install but when I connect to my wifi I get a BOSD everytime so it never connects to my wifi
something to report to MS and the hardware maker of the device
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#9
ivicagmc
Well it works well. Still needs to be polished, had some glitches. But there is no WOW like I had with W7. It's just little under the hood and Metro, but its cheap and that is GOOD...
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#10
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
If it's upgrades its a great number. I'm sure Ford or trickson will come and tell us how the number is wrong.

EDIT: And people speaking about not seeing people liking it.. That is stupid. Even if you found thousands of people who do not like it they are still a drop in the ocean.
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#11
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
by: Drone
:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes: Actually it was known before the OP
http://www.ubergizmo.com/2012/10/4-million-windows-8-upgrades-in-less-than-a-week/
Sorry, I can't spend all my time surfing news sites because I have to spend half my time moderating the posts from you jackwagons. :p :D

Since I use the desktop in 8 there is no WOW at all. It's just like 7 (with a few differences both nice and not so nice).

The last time I had a WOW moment was when I had to load an original CD of XP (pre-service packs) on a computer and after 4 million updates and reboots to get to SP3 I thought, "WOW this sucks!" lol
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#12
Am*
by: Prima.Vera
Sheeples will buy anything that is new, doesn't matter if they need it or not. Just like the latest from Apple, Samsung, etc, etc...
Looks like you posted your comment in the wrong thread, since it belongs on an Apple-related one (even the term you used refers to Apple's sheep). Nobody buys an OS to "show it off" like they do their new shiny phones, which is what your post is implying. Also nobody in their right mind would even want to think about re-installing everything on a new OS, let alone do it.

by: Melvis
I wonder how many of those million are now asking for a upgrade back to Windows 7 after down grading to windows 8 :laugh:
What a muppet...
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#13
AsRock
TPU addict
by: crazyeyesreaper
my question is how many of those 4million keys are from ppl just entering DELL and getting the code for $14 lol i bet if you pulled out those abusing that little option would cut the sales by a fairly sizeable chunk.
Yeah just what i was thinking.. I bet Win 7 would of sold as many or even more if people could of got it for $14..

I see no reason to opt for Win8 i have no use for it so even for $14 is a waste of money to me. Cheap trick to make it a great seller..

All because they can afford to do so don't make it worth buying.
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#14
n-ster
I have bought Windows 8 (well Dreamspark premium) a few weeks before it's released but I've never used it
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#15
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
Giving a product away, or dirt cheap, is a great way to get "word of mouth" promotion going.
This is not a MS thing. Look at what Notch did with Minecraft when it was still in beta form.

As with all software, there are issues to be ironed out and tweaks to be made by the devs, but Win 8 is by no means bad.
Is it worth $15 bucks to get it? For me yes. For others maybe not.
We will, however, see updates and changes to it in the near future that may win over more folks ... just like all the other OS releases by all the OS companies.

There will always be stalwarts that refuse to change, and to them I say, "good for you". If what you have is all that you need or want, then stay with what you have. It's served you well in the past and will most likely hold you over for a long time to come. For those that like to play with new stuff, even if it means some growing pains, then go for it.

This is TPU. If you're running a rig with a 10 year old GPU we'll still try to help you.
Sure, you'll get some crap, but don't take it personally. Just part of playing on the internet ....
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#16
Lazzer408
by: AsRock
Yeah just what i was thinking.. I bet Win 7 would of sold as many or even more if people could of got it for $14..

I see no reason to opt for Win8 i have no use for it so even for $14 is a waste of money to me. Cheap trick to make it a great seller..

All because they can afford to do so don't make it worth buying.
That's a good point. I remember Windows 7 costing a bit when it came out. It still does. Maybe MS knew they had something with Windows 7. Are they not so sure about Windows 8? I fail to understand why MS would have a touchscreen gui enabled by default on a desktop OS. I could see 8 being accepted a lot quicker had the metro/startmenu just been an application or feature that could be enabled. I'd never use it and it sounds like most people hate it.
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#17
Completely Bonkers
I wonder how many of these are SOLD AND INSTALLED TODAY AND USED TODAY - or how many are OEM sales just sitting as part of corporate contracts... to be installed "whenever" or with "downgrade rights". ;)
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#18
Solidstate89
by: Completely Bonkers
I wonder how many of these are SOLD AND INSTALLED TODAY AND USED TODAY - or how many are OEM sales just sitting as part of corporate contracts... to be installed "whenever" or with "downgrade rights". ;)
Oh my god... :banghead:

Read the thread, man. These are Upgrade licenses only. There are no OEM licenses in this. None just sitting on store shelves.

Sigh. :banghead:
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#19
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
by: Lazzer408
That's a good point. I remember Windows 7 costing a bit when it came out. It still does. Maybe MS knew they had something with Windows 7. Are they not so sure about Windows 8? I fail to understand why MS would have a touchscreen gui enabled by default on a desktop OS. I could see 8 being accepted a lot quicker had the metro/startmenu just been an application or feature that could be enabled. I'd never use it and it sounds like most people hate it.
I don't think that most people hate it, they just don't have any real use for the Metro UI at the desktop level.
There is, however, a lot of new All-In-One (AIO) desktops that are coming out with touch screens.
This would not interest any tech enthusiast, but how are these looking to the average home user who does little else than Facebook or getting weather/news/etc.?

Watch for touch screen controls on a small tablet that comes with you big LCD TV soon.
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#20
eidairaman1
by: Lazzer408
That's a good point. I remember Windows 7 costing a bit when it came out. It still does. Maybe MS knew they had something with Windows 7. Are they not so sure about Windows 8? I fail to understand why MS would have a touchscreen gui enabled by default on a desktop OS. I could see 8 being accepted a lot quicker had the metro/startmenu just been an application or feature that could be enabled. I'd never use it and it sounds like most people hate it.
it would of been easier if MS gave an option to select Aero GUI and a very detailed explaination of the Metro GUI, how to enable and disable it even. I see this fine for touch but non touch machines which are majority who own a PC its not really needed infact interferes with Business and Power Users.
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#21
Lazzer408
by: Kreij
I don't think that most people hate it, they just don't have any real use for the Metro UI at the desktop level.
There is, however, a lot of new All-In-One (AIO) desktops that are coming out with touch screens.
This would not interest any tech enthusiast, but how are these looking to the average home user who does little else than Facebook or getting weather/news/etc.?

Watch for touch screen controls on a small tablet that comes with you big LCD TV soon.
I have a few customers with all-in-ones (I repair A LOT of them) and I've asked how they like it. They think it was neat when they first got it but within a few weeks they were back to a mouse and keyboard and never used the touchscreen anymore. They say their arms got tired. I agree 100% after using one for a few minutes. I've also serviced POS systems with touch screens and always connect a mouse and keyboard for servicing. Touchscreens have very limited use in a home or office environment.
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#22
eidairaman1
thats where mobile market comes into play but honestly a PC still can have way more muscle than any laptop can because space restriction isnt as limited same with thermal loads. in a laptop those thermals have to be at a certain point because then they overheat. Other drawback is the battery, yes Li-ion batteries are the newest consumer tech (Military have been using Li-ion batteries for sometime) as in the 90s it was Ni-Cad, difference is the weight of the battery itself. Touch interfaces are nice for laptops and cell phones. where the tablet/ipad fits in, id be afraid to drop one compared to a phone or laptop.
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#23
mediasorcerer
by: Kreij
Giving a product away, or dirt cheap, is a great way to get "word of mouth" promotion going.
This is not a MS thing. Look at what Notch did with Minecraft when it was still in beta form.

As with all software, there are issues to be ironed out and tweaks to be made by the devs, but Win 8 is by no means bad.
Is it worth $15 bucks to get it? For me yes. For others maybe not.
We will, however, see updates and changes to it in the near future that may win over more folks ... just like all the other OS releases by all the OS companies.

There will always be stalwarts that refuse to change, and to them I say, "good for you". If what you have is all that you need or want, then stay with what you have. It's served you well in the past and will most likely hold you over for a long time to come. For those that like to play with new stuff, even if it means some growing pains, then go for it.

This is TPU. If you're running a rig with a 10 year old GPU we'll still try to help you.
Sure, you'll get some crap, but don't take it personally. Just part of playing on the internet
....
===:toast::respect:
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#24
Melvis
by: Solidstate89
Let's see, I get Hyper-V support, HEASLR memory protection as well as storage pooling and thin provisioning capabilities. Yeah, nah. I'll stick with my Windows 8 upgrade
Lets see i have a start button, no stupid Metro bullshit and i don't have to have a touchscreen monitor to use this OS properly, yeah, nah ill stick with windows 7.

8 has its good points, but over all it has to many bad points >Windows 8: It's Almost Not Terrible - YouTube

CNET Top 5 - Reasons not to upgrade to Windows 8 -...

My dad tries Windows 8 for the first time - YouTub...

Systems Administrator Reacts to Windows 8 - YouTub...

Nuff said

by: Am*
What a muppet...
What a sheep...
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#25
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: Melvis
Lets see i have a start button, no stupid Metro bullshit and i don't have to have a touchscreen monitor to use this OS properly, yeah, nah ill stick with windows 7.
Why would you have to have a touchscreen to use it properly? "Metro" is made for touch yes, but it's not hard using a mouse+keyboard. :confused:
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