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#1 Dot Matrix

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 16:25

Steve Ballmer has just taken the stage at Build, and immediately announced that Windows 8 has sold 4 million upgrades since launch.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 16:44

Nice to see a shift in MS approach. Even pirated copies of Windows7 can be upgraded for 40$ (iv tested myself) and you get a very own brand new Windows 8 Pro key. Its a fair price for common home Windows users, finally a realistic price for an upgrade.

FACT: Most people will buy Windows for the first time with this new realistic philosophy, its fantastic to see this new Microsoft rising again for the battle.

Let me be clear that i didnt buy Windows8 for the extra features because personlly i dont see that it does bring anything better than Windows7 but just in case its a cheap and clean upgrade.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 16:56

windows 7 sold 100 million copies total in 6 months
windows 8 sold 4 million upgrades only in 4 days.
LOL at the delusional people who kept saying nobody wants windows 8.
Death to the desktop. Go Metro

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 17:04

windows 7 sold 100 million copies total in 6 months
windows 8 sold 4 million upgrades only in 4 days.
LOL at the delusional people who kept saying nobody wants windows 8.
Death to the desktop. Go Metro


I like Windows 8 even though I have a major complaint with it, but the desktop will never die out. People like myself will always need that level of functionality to do our jobs.

I feel like most of the 4 million is because of the pricing. I know people would have loved Windows 7 because they used it, but did not want to spend what it costs.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 17:06

Doing 25% better than Mountain Lion:
http://chillopedia.c...ecord-for-os-x/

We'll see how wide the gap gets after a month :) Love this. Suck it, Apple.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 17:06

Death to the desktop. Go Metro


Why can't both co-exist? I've used it since the Consumer Preview and I spend 90% of my time in the desktop.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 17:14

Doing 25% better than Mountain Lion:
http://chillopedia.c...ecord-for-os-x/

We'll see how wide the gap gets after a month :) Love this. Suck it, Apple.


Me thinks there's a few more PCs than Macs out there.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 17:21

Nice to see a shift in MS approach. Even pirated copies of Windows7 can be upgraded for 40$ (iv tested myself) and you get a very own brand new Windows 8 Pro key. Its a fair price for common home Windows users, finally a realistic price for an upgrade.

FACT: Most people will buy Windows for the first time with this new realistic philosophy, its fantastic to see this new Microsoft rising again for the battle.

Let me be clear that i didnt buy Windows8 for the extra features because personlly i dont see that it does bring anything better than Windows7 but just in case its a cheap and clean upgrade.

Yeah its a good price. I wasn't even considering upgrading to win8 at first, but when I saw how cheap it was I was like "well, why not?"

windows 7 sold 100 million copies total in 6 months
windows 8 sold 4 million upgrades only in 4 days.
LOL at the delusional people who kept saying nobody wants windows 8.
Death to the desktop. Go Metro


lol... most of the current metro apps are so basic they are practically useless for desktop users. The classic desktop will be here for quite some time. The metro start screen works well enough as a start menu replacement, but using only metro on the desktop? Not even close to that yet.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 17:28

Doing 25% better than Mountain Lion:
http://chillopedia.c...ecord-for-os-x/

We'll see how wide the gap gets after a month :) Love this. Suck it, Apple.

Considering OS X only has 20% of the users of Windows 7 alone, you'd could argue that Apple is doing far better.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 17:31

I bought 2 licence keys. I have it on my laptop. I wasn't too happy with it because Metro is not too user friendly, but then I got Start8 and I got my Start Menu back so I'm pretty happy at the moment. The OS seems to adapt to your use and therefore responds a bit faster the more you use it.

It boots and shuts down waaaay faster than 7, especially on the SSD drive I got on my laptop.

Yeah its a good price. I wasn't even considering upgrading to win8 at first, but when I saw how cheap it was I was like "well, why not?"



lol... most of the current metro apps are so basic they are practically useless for desktop users. The classic desktop will be here for quite some time. The metro start screen works well enough as a start menu replacement, but using only metro on the desktop? Not even close to that yet.


I agree with you. Metro is 100% useless on a desktop enviornment. Thank God for Stardock's Start8.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 17:36

I agree with you. Metro is 100% useless on a desktop enviornment. Thank God for Stardock's Start8.


Which is my massive complaint with Windows 8. Microsoft should have made their own version of Start 8 and bundled it with the OS to keep EVERYBODY happy.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 17:40

Which is my massive complaint with Windows 8. Microsoft should have made their own version of Start 8 and bundled it with the OS to keep EVERYBODY happy.

why should microsoft HAVE to leave in so many redundant options? that's the whole point of allowing 3rd party modifications
they had just got rid of start menu redundancy with windows 7 why would they bring it back with windows 8?

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 17:42

why should microsoft HAVE to leave in so many redundant options? that's the whole point of allowing 3rd party modifications
they had just got rid of start menu redundancy with windows 7 why would they bring it back with windows 8?


I do not understand what you mean. Windows 7 had the start menu, didn't it?

So it is okay for Microsoft to give us what some people here call "legacy" desktop mode, but without the "legacy" start menu? How is it a redundant option? You click the Desktop tile, it gives you the desktop start menu. I do not see how that is redundant.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 17:47

I do not understand what you mean. Windows 7 had the start menu, didn't it?

yes it did, but 7 didn't have the redundant "classic" start menu that was still present in XP and Vista. that's what i'm sayin

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 18:02

yes it did, but 7 didn't have the redundant "classic" start menu that was still present in XP and Vista. that's what i'm sayin


You might say this is because the new style start menu was tested and very well received for two versions prior to removing. Unlike Windows 8 which just throws everything out the door and forces the new UI on you without option.