That's what I was saying: first month license sales don't mean anything - they very well could have included every OEM machine that's going to be released for the next four months. We can't know.
I think it's safe to say that public acceptance of Win8 has been lukewarm at best. They'll probably enjoy a nice jump in the actual percentage uses after Xmas day, but it's not the breakthrough product that MS was hoping it would be. It will still be profitable, because most companies won't perceive that there are other options, and MS will still gladly sell them Win7 licenses until Win9 comes out.
It's weird. I'm torn between congratulating MS on finally breaking loose of the bureaucracy long enough to release something radically different... and between chastising them for releasing something that tries so hard to lead users to a walled garden just like Apple's ecosystem. Both are designed to win by eliminating competition - not by excelling.
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
Its funny people cry for change and when they get they then cry because it changed. They want change but hate change....
I think what MS did with the ecosystem is massive and it works very well. I am loving windows 8 wont be going back to windows 7. I am also loving the surface, the first big patch really improved performance on it and there are more and more apps out each week.
All in all I feel they did rather well with it all.
Doesn't this basically happen with every release? I think 7 was the exception, due to the problems that went along with vista. 8 is just one of those things that will be forced upon us until we take the time to actually try it. I think once most people who are resisting the change now will find themselves feeling quite different after spending some time. Until then windows 8 is going to be selling licenses like crazy, and the numbers will slowly creep above everything. I just hope they get some better pricing, paying $100-$200 for an operating system really hurts a gamer on a budget.
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