Originally Posted by metal_gunjee
Glad to hear Microsoft didn't shoot themselves in the foot with this one like so many people, including myself, thought they would.
...but consider this as well:
There are a few provisos, however. First, there's the usual hand-waving that comes when companies report sales figures; there's a difference between copies sold to retailers and OEMs, and copies sold to end-users. The former number is always higher than the latter, with the difference representing stock sitting in warehouses and on store shelves.
Before I get beaten to it, allow me to highlight a significant portion of the following:
Reller noted that the number of upgrades to Windows 8 was outpacing the volume of upgrades to Windows 7 in the equivalent timeframe. What she didn't note was that Windows 8 upgrades are substantially cheaper than Windows 7 upgrades were, as Microsoft is selling upgrades for $39.99 in a time-limited offer that runs to the end of January 2013.
I won't cry because it didn't fail. As I said, I'm glad MS is seeing some success here, but I still ain't buyin' it.
Not only that, but how many copies did Microsoft sell by allowing people to enter false data in order to pay $15 for it ? That I'd like to know.
Overall, it's not bad, but it's also true that the PC market has grown since 2009, so the numbers are not equivalent.Edited by tpi2007 - 11/27/12 at 7:00pm