Code-named Windows Blue, the update will enable Windows to run on a wider range of devices (read: smaller-screen tablets). In a blog post, Microsoft said the update will also respond to some criticisms of Windows 8 and Windows RT, but the company didn’t go into specifics.
“Windows Blue is a codename for an update that will be available later this year, building on the bold vision set forward with Windows 8 to deliver the next generation of tablets and PCs,” Microsoft’s Tami Reller said in a blog post. “It will deliver the latest new innovations across an increasingly broad array of form factors of all sizes, display, battery life and performance, while creating new opportunities for our ecosystem.”
This number includes Windows licenses that ship on a new tablet or PC, as well as upgrades to Windows 8
So ..not actually sold then ..because it includes all the unsold machines sitting on the "channel" ( big box stores, retailers, internet stores, "wherever" ..even the dozens used in the MS ads..and the ones deployed inside MS ) shelves and all the unsold software inventory ( including "unused upgrades" ) that is/are shipped, but still not.. "sold"..
Msg#: 4571609 posted 4:19 am on May 16, 2013 (gmt 0)
Regardless of whether the licenses are being actively used 100M were sold according to the report. That's the way MS usually reports these things.
I haven't come across anyone IRL who has taken advantage of a Windows 7 downgrade. I'd bet that number is an order of magnitude smaller than when Vista offered the XP downgrade. With Vista you actually had an OS that required some heavy-duty hardware to run well. Windows 8 requires even less resources than Windows 7 so there isn't as much of an impetus.
Msg#: 4571609 posted 12:05 am on May 17, 2013 (gmt 0)
8M was a typo, should have been 100M.
The downgrade: is quite common in businesses large enough to have an IT dept. It's for them not a matter of resources. Neither was it for Vista: it's to them a matter of uniformity: everything they have runs the same software. it's just so much easier to maintain. They'll have the right to upgrade it all to 8 if and when they feel like it, but with the changes in the user interface, they're very hesitant to unleash it on all users. You have to remember those not knowing the difference between the Internet and a browser make up the majority of the users ... Forcing a change on those folks costs a lot.
Msg#: 4571609 posted 8:47 am on May 17, 2013 (gmt 0)
I asked some guys with Enterprise licenses for Microsoft products and they said they simply tick another CAL off their list when they image a new PC with whatever version of Windows they want. There's no downgrade from Windows 8 involved at all. That would make these numbers a bit more fuzzy.
I certainly understand the reasons for an IT dept. to downgrade for the sake of uniformity. However, it is also quite common for businesses large enough to have an IT dept. to wait until SP1 of whatever version of Windows is current before upgrading. "Blue" is essentially Windows 8 SP1. After it is released and tested you'll have a better idea of corporate uptake.