Windows 8 sells 100 million licenses, SkyDrive hits 250 million users, and more big Microsoft numbers
It’s been a little over six month since Windows 8 launched for consumers. How’s it doing right now? If you listened to the critics and pundits you’d be under the impression that Windows 8 was a flop – another Vista most of them joke. Because we all know Microsoft can’t make two good operating systems in a row, right? I disagree! Today we learn that Windows 8 is on pace to catch up with Windows 7 sales-wise, plus more interesting facts and figures.
How has Windows 8 performed in 2013? Back in early January we learned that Microsoft had sold 60 million Windows 8 licenses. Now remember, everyone is comparing Windows 8 against Windows 7. It took 183 days for Windows 7 to get to the 100 million mark for licenses sold. Windows 8 has finally hit 100 million as well. It took 192 days to get there, which isn't too far off from its predecessor.
Tami Reller, Chief Marketing and Chief Financial Officer at Microsoft, shared some more stats and nuggets of information on Windows 8 in a Q&A for the Windows Blog. She went on the record acknowledging the existence of Windows ‘Blue’. This is the second time (opens in new tab) we’ve heard some info on the future update to all of the services and products from Microsoft. Tami didn’t really add anything new to information surrounding Blue - just the usual PR talk about the update incorporating customer feedback and the blood of virgins. Well, maybe not so much blood.
Some bulletin points to ponder:
- Windows Store has grown by a magnitude of six since launch
- 250 million Windows Store downloads in first six months
- Nearly 90 percent of the app catalog has been downloaded every month
- 250 million active SkyDrive users
- 400 million active Outlook.com accounts
- Over 700 million Microsoft accounts
We’re still in the middle of Microsoft executing their vision of three screens and a cloud. We’ve got the next Xbox right around the corner to tackle the living room. And //BUILD/ should give insight into future plans for both Windows Phone and Windows 8. Exciting times!
Six months after Windows 8 launched, Microsoft looks to be in a fairly solid position. If this is what the “post-PC” era looks like, I like it.
Sound off with your thoughts and opinions in the comments below, armchair analysts.
Source: Windows Blog
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About the marketing MS has done a great job putting Windows 8 out there every chance they get even some of the Kentucky Derby coverage was brought to us by Windows 8. Microsoft need to fight all the negativity from the San Francisco base bloggers that live in Apple's World.
Many, if not most enterprises have adopted it and can't justify the expense/effort to go to Win8. That's not to say Win8 doesn't offer value, it just doesn't offer enough to make Win7 feel outdated. So, that said, MS has actually done a tremendous job getting to 100m units in the same time frame since a significant amount of the units were for personal use - a market many felt MS was losing to Apple.
PC sales are down, due to western market saturation and tablets being better suited for many peoples casual home needs. Considering that background MS have done remarkably well.
As stated in the article "It took 183 days for Windows 7 to get to the 100 million mark for licenses sold. Windows 8 has finally hit 100 million as well. It took 192 days to get there", so imo it's not so bad after all.
One problem is these aftermarket companies are banking on more of the same. Apple and Android.
Let's hope that encourages them to deploy a little more effort in developing better products. Candy-coated Windows 7 repackaged as Windows 8. Watered-down Windows Phone feature set. An Office update pack as an Office 2013...
Start with Windows Phone: Office on Windows Phone is a ridiculous set of file readers Come on!
WP is a much better UI than and its competition. My gripes: it's built-in apps (Office in particular) feel under-powered. Ex: No Undo in Word, no way to assign font size, you can only choose 3 colors for font, etc. I had 60% more features on my old Windows Mobile 6.5 Touch Pro2. :-)
I'm still keeping my Lumia, but I wonder if MS knows it will take more features to attract new users. Not less.
I tested Office 2013's preview about a week or two.
Been using the Lumia 810 for the past 4 months.
Lets se what did the iPad make... 130 million in three years...
Looks like smart app developers will have to put some more attention to the Windows Store or get passed by some new upstarts getting into that spot. This looks really well for us WP users of course as porting the apps to WP8 should be easy after the Windows 8 version is done
If MS can get a 7 inch RT device down to $200-$250 we might see mass adoption and then an ecosystem that will really foster app growth.
but these two bulletpoints from the article indicates that at least people are trying out the apps:
* 250 million Windows Store downloads in first six months
* Nearly 90 percent of the app catalog has been downloaded every month
So it seems like there is a living marketplace in Windows 8. Now if they could only make the Store app be more useful...
EDIT: but don't forget that the real installed base of iOS products is 500 million... (with iPhone). I hope that MS will merge its WP8 and W8 Stores sooner than later!
But looking at the numbers, only 3 percent of tablet users make use of a cellular connection. That's not to say we won't ever see a cellular option in the future tho.
I think in the next year we will see scenarios like mine increase the interest in the Win8 eco system exponentially.
I bought Surface RT, LOVE IT!!! By far the best thin client mobile PC out there, with remote desktop, everything on my work computer, and home computer are just a tap, or a click away depending on what i need to do. Only thing i wish it had were Tiem Warner Cable TV app (stupid that they didnt build in silverlight support to the RT), and more games - EA sports games, and a legit racing game would push it over the edge.
My Verizon phone is due for upgrade, ive been on Android for the past 3.5 years, and and sick of the l....l...la....la...laggggiiiiiing........my Galaxy Nexus crashes 1-2 times a day, and lags like crazy. Ive tried rooting, overclocking, custom roms, etc. I am done with Android. If this new Lumia 928 is great, consider me switched. I have an Ipad, and truely hate the Apple ecosystem, so no Iphone is not even a consideration.
I am watching for the new Xbox - have to see what its going to offer me that my tablet, phone, and PC do not. I am not a huge gamer at home, mostly play them on tablet when traveling. That being said, I own a PS3, and it is used primarlily as Blueray player, Netflix, Hulu, and to play downloaded movies from my external Hard Drive. If the new Xbox is marginally better, and allows more features to the so called "ecosystem" consider me all in.
I already have a current gen Mac mini with cinema display, but I also own an old Vista notebook that I'm looking to replace, maybe with one running Windows 8. Looking for a really good one in the $800-$1000 range.
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