The market for Personal Computers is deteriorating, but there are positive signs showing that there are more passengers running Windows 8, the latest Windows OS. The company has sold millions of Windows 8 editions so far. At the same time, the Windows Store has hit over four hundred thousand apps. This sure is a Windows 8 milestone.
The main problem is in the PC sector where things are not doing too well as far as the company would have speculated. The number of PCs shipped, actually does not necessarily mean sold. Fact is that, there may be many of them that could still be in store shelves and the warehouses. Windows 8, allows, for the first time, the Redmond based software giant to directly see the number of activations online, and the company says those numbers have seen some significant growth, and that the overall rate, though not as good as it was for Windows 7, but can be compared with some of the past Windows releases.
Like all new platforms, Windows 8 is no different, it derives its power from the applications and the Windows Store is showing awesome and steady growth with over hundred thousand applications and increasing at a constant rate. Customers and Windows 8 users have performed millions of downloads by now. While the numbers are moving in the right direction for the software giant, they are still the far behind the rival iOS with over a million apps and billions of downloads. Then again, reaching four thousand applications is a Windows 8 milestone, in no way a mean task.
Still, the world’s leading software maker has some of the most high profile social networking and cloud computing applications such as Twitter, Dropbox and many others. The company definitely thinks some of the high profile “gets” have managed to lure some users to Windows 8.
The software maker believes the tablet experience, and the Windows 8.1 update sure has changed things to a great extent. Windows 8.1 has corrected some of the glaring problems with Windows 8. Some features that were omitted in Windows 8 have been restored in Windows 8.1. Moreover, the users can now go to the desktop mode directly, rather than going through some of the Modern UI confusions.
Windows 8, may not have been the best thing that happened to the software company, but it sure has succeeded in unifying Windows in the three sectors such as PCs, mobiles and tablets.