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[BGR] Despite 100 million licenses sold, Windows 8 install base estimated at 59 million

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Microsoft this week said that it had sold 100 million licenses of Windows 8 in the operating system's first six months. But how many copies are being used?
That's a question Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy, had at the top of his list after seeing Microsoft's milestone, which was revealed by Tami Reller, the CFO of the Windows division, in a Tuesday blog post and interviews with several media outlets.
"The challenge is figuring out what that actually means," said Moorhead of the 100-million mark. "It doesn't mean that there are that many devices out the door."

…4.2% of 1.4 billion equals approximately 58.6 million, the number of devices using Windows 8 last month.

Those same calculations also illustrate the huge chore Microsoft and its customers, predominantly enterprises, have in ditching the 12-year-old Windows XP before April 2014's support retirement deadline. Using the same math, XP powers about 584.4 million machines, or well over half a billion PCs.

Windows 7? 682.2 million. Vista? 72.5 million, still more than Windows 8. What about Windows NT, the operating system first released in 1993, or two decades ago? 1.7 million PCs.

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Schools.

My entire school district is on Windows XP, even when they buy brand new computers, they put XP on them.
    
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More Vista users than 8? That's embarrassing.


Also, Windows XP, despite being clunky and somewhat insecure, also happens to run probably 95% of software out today, all with minuscule system requirements. It just works, and works well if you maintain it.

I have XP going on a VM with 32MB of ram (acting as a micro server). Try that with Vista or anything newer and let me know how that works.
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Schools.

My entire school district is on Windows XP, even when they buy brand new computers, they put XP on them.

Schools, large business, government, etc.

I can't picture any organization with more than 50 computers doing a Windows 8 deployment. Windows 7, sure, as long as the applications support it. 8? No way.
    
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Yep, at work we used Windows XP and would downgrade Vista computers to XP. Now we're on 7 and have literally zero intentions of deploying 8. Server 2012, yes. Not 8.
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Windows 8 brings nothing to Microsoft's biggest audience, corporate consumers. Windows 8 tablets are great and all but they will work with Windows 7 machines so why upgrade the desktops?

Also, I absolutely hate what they did with Visio 2012... the graphics look like crap vectors.
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Yep, at work we used Windows XP and would downgrade Vista computers to XP. Now we're on 7 and have literally zero intentions of deploying 8. Server 2012, yes. Not 8.
Same here. Not easy to sell Windows 7/8 to department managers when Chrome and Office 2010, and everything else runs great on XP. Not to mention the cost of buying RAM and entire new machines for the Pentium D systems that fell off the upgrade cycle.

Behind the enterprise firewall, and with GPOs to keep the users from being, well, users, XP works great. We only deploy 7 for the managers etc. who ask for it. Not a single person has requested 8 yet, nevermind the fact that I won't deploy it. wink.gif
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I don't understand all the hate towards windows 8. It's windows 7 with new advanced features, faster performance and a full-screen start menu that you can easily place with the old windows start menu if you want.
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I don't understand all the hate towards windows 8. It's windows 7 with new advanced features, faster performance and a full-screen start menu that you can easily place with the old windows start menu if you want.

not 'hate' but read the comments above. then you will understand. Its not actually needed for desktops in its tablet guise. Yes it is better but so marginally and it obfuscates the user somewhat when they just want a menu and some icons on it.

Also touching things, like desktop screens is trash. Touch screens are for phones and tablets or sign in stations at your local doctors, they will go when hygiene stories come out and people get fed up of greasy scratched screens just around the time when hand augmentation replaces touch in a year or two from now
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People are always coming to me looking for help to revert back to Win7. About 6 laptops and counting/
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