Windows 8 Sales
Because of strategic decisions made by Microsoft, people bore witness to a new Windows 8 milestone in history, with Windows 8 sales crossing the 200 million mark! Most technocrats and experts were skeptical about Microsoft’s bold move to tie phones, tablets and desktop PCs together.
Microsoft was reluctant to declare the sales report of Windows 8, only declaring the 100 million sales mark six months after release. Upon release, Windows 8 received mixed reaction from previous users who were unwilling to upgrade because of the non-intuitive user interface.
Microsoft’s Executive Vice-Preside Tami Reller broke the news during the Goldman Sachs technology conference stating, “We’ve surpassed 200 million licenses now on Windows 8, which is pretty stunning.”
However, Windows 8 predecessor Windows 7 was quicker to gain acceptance, with its sales hitting the 240 million mark in its first year itself. In comparison, Windows 8 was released over 15 months ago and still lags behind Windows 7 in sales performance.
The reason for this is Microsoft’s insistence of preferring touch screen users over regular keyboard-and-mouse users. The slow sales came as no surprise because regular users were unable to adapt to the completely new interface, which is smooth when operating on a touchscreen but plain awkward when using a hand-held optical mouse.
Users reported Windows 8 to be confusing because of the contrasting user experience when navigating between Desktop and Metro interfaces. Users felt they were operating two different operating systems at the same time, because of the clumsy meshing between Desktop and Metro.
Windows 8 Success
Even though Microsoft tried to remedy some of the fervent complaints from Windows 8 users by ushering in Windows 8.1 update, classic Start menu, which was the default feature of every previous version of Microsoft Windows, remained to be a no-show! The update still continued to deny the user the ability to boot their system straight to desktop, without having to handle the Metro Start screen.
Some say the entire issue was blown up beyond measure. Many users were able to adapt to Windows 8 operating system, choosing to stay clear of the Metro Start screen altogether. Over time, more users got accustomed to the new features of Windows 8, which might explain how the Windows 8 milestone was ever crossed!
Microsoft is still trying to appease its users, with the Redmond headquarters pushing towards the all-new Windows 9 Operating System ahead of its schedule. All sources indicate April 2015 to be release date.
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