Microsoft: Activations for Windows 8 in August were the highest so far

Research firm Net Applications showed a two percent rise in the worldwide OS market share for Windows 8 during the month of August. This week, Microsoft's Tami Reller confirmed that the company saw its own rise in new activations of Windows 8 devices during that same month.

While the company did not disclose any numbers, a post on the official Windows blog states that Reller, in an address during the Intel Developer Forum, indicated that new PCs purchased for the back-to-school season were a big reason for the increase in new Windows 8 activations. In May, Microsoft said it had sold 100 million licenses for Windows 8 but did not disclose specific activation stats.

Reller also talked about the upcoming PCs that will have Windows 8.1 installed out of the box during her IDF address, along with company's team up with Best Buy to launch a Microsoft "store within a store" at hundreds of Best Buy retail locations this fall. Finally, Reller also talked about Microsoft's efforts to get both enterprise and consumer customers who still use Windows XP to be aware that the support cut off date for the 12 year old OS is coming up on April 8th, 2014.

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Northgrove said,
Still only two Windows 8 installs for every ten Windows XP installs... (Net Applications: September 2013)

Windows 8 outsold OSX already and the world finds nothing wrong with Apple.. but by your logic apple must me worse than xp too

Not gonna lie, I see more Windows 8 laptops these days than I do Windows 7. The Windows 7 laptops I do see are those that came preloaded from 2009 and you can clearly see the difference. Windows 8 laptops are much thinner while Windows 7 laptops have that pre 2010 bulky look with Pentium processors. I mostly Core i3's these days, its the new Celeron.

Don't you just love corporations that sate they've had phenomenal activations of their software but no figures to back up the announcement.

Figures please.

Microsoft is very desperate with their operating system this time around. When someone or some company "tries to hard", things aren't that peachy internally. I'm expecting better things from them after they shake up the leadership.

deadonthefloor said,

If you picked the right month, it would have been funnier.

I'd say picking the month that Haloween falls in is the right month but I'm no expert on candy sales.

Of course they will be. It should come as no surprise to anyone here that the best time to buy a laptop is in August for back to school. Young adults entering College will need one if they didn't before. Especially when there only computer was in their parents house and they need one if they are going away.

I work at a school helpdesk, we had dozens of Windows 8 laptops come through (students needing help getting on wifi, accessing courses and our school documents shares, etc), 2 or 3 Windows 7 laptops, and a few MacBooks. I expect this trend to continue.

Will love to see the market share numbers from last month. If this was the greatest number of activations, that means that it beat Oct-Nov last year. It's really good news for Microsoft.

Well yeah... Anybody that buys a new Windows laptop is getting it with Win8 pre-installed. And if those people aren't smart enough to setup wi-fi, they certainly aren't smart enough to downgrade to Win7. Just saying.

Astra.Xtreme said,
Well yeah... Anybody that buys a new Windows laptop is getting it with Win8 pre-installed. And if those people aren't smart enough to setup wi-fi, they certainly aren't smart enough to downgrade to Win7. Just saying.

The issue was always 3rd party intel crap or security suites preventing access to the wifi. None of them expressed any desire to downgrade and most said they liked 8.

I only had one come in (with Windows 7) who insisted 8 was crap (he'd never tried it)
If they owned 8 they liked it.
I know, this is blowing your mind to think that someone might disagree with your opinion on an operating system. Don't take it too hard.

Astra.Xtreme said,
Well yeah... Anybody that buys a new Windows laptop is getting it with Win8 pre-installed. And if those people aren't smart enough to setup wi-fi, they certainly aren't smart enough to downgrade to Win7. Just saying.

So unless people are "smart" enough to downgrade to win7, they do not count. TIL.

Crimson Rain said,

So unless people are "smart" enough to downgrade to win7, they do not count. TIL.

Umm... what? That has nothing to do with what I said...

siah1214 said,

The issue was always 3rd party intel crap or security suites preventing access to the wifi. None of them expressed any desire to downgrade and most said they liked 8.

I only had one come in (with Windows 7) who insisted 8 was crap (he'd never tried it)
If they owned 8 they liked it.
I know, this is blowing your mind to think that someone might disagree with your opinion on an operating system. Don't take it too hard.

Why would I care? I simply said that anybody that buys a new PC is almost certain to get Win8 on it. And the number of products on the market with Win8 will continue to increase. It's really not that hard of a concept and it's a solid fact.

Is it also an amazing anomaly when the sales of the 2012 model of a car go down when the 2013 model is released? Common sense...

Astra.Xtreme said,
... if those people aren't smart enough to setup wi-fi, they certainly aren't smart enough to downgrade to Win7. Just saying.

How is that, "nothing to do with what I said"?

You basically stated that only smart people downgrade to Windows 7 (and, conversely, only dumb people stick with Windows 8)... since Windows 8 numbers are higher, then that's a lot of dumb people... and we should only rely on what smart people do [downgrade] to not encounter inflated numbers.

Oh, WAIT! You actually said that people in SCHOOL that are getting an EDUCATION are DUMB because they requested for IT assistance with connecting to the school district's wireless network! Now I get it... you had a rough childhood, had to walk 5 miles to school barefoot through snow and sleet, uphill (both ways), while carrying your disabled siblings, got bullied for wearing unkempt clothing in second grade, and is yet so smart that the mere concept of an IT Help Desk is absolutely ridiculous to you.

TL;DR... siah1214 shared an anecdote and you added unnecessary commentary. SQUIRREL!

Nas said,
ramble

What are you going on about? I didn't say any of that, and the words I said are in clear concise English... If somebody finds it difficult to manually type in a wifi password, then they clearly aren't very computer literate. I never said they were dumb, so you can shove your misguided assumptions back down your throat...

If somebody isn't smart enough to understand quantum physics, does that make them dumb? No. Reading comprehension is a powerful thing... Better luck next time...

Astra.Xtreme said,
... to manually type in a wifi password... to understand quantum physics...

I change the settings to my Wi-Fi AP and then my roommate is saying the Wi-Fi doesn't work. I would not jump to the conclusion that they are not very computer literate; rather, that their previous (or non-existent) settings are no longer compatible with the current setup... and asking for help is a perfectly reasonable thing to do. Some may refer to this as... wait for it... common sense.

Being categorized as "dumb" is actually quite relative: if you don't understand quantum physics, then you are most certainly dumb in the field of quantum physics. As you fail to realize, you might actually be computer literate but still dumb as to how an educational institution (perhaps on your very first day) has configured their network access policy.

Astra.Xtreme said,

What are you going on about? I didn't say any of that, and the words I said are in clear concise English... If somebody finds it difficult to manually type in a wifi password, then they clearly aren't very computer literate. I never said they were dumb, so you can shove your misguided assumptions back down your throat...

If somebody isn't smart enough to understand quantum physics, does that make them dumb? No. Reading comprehension is a powerful thing... Better luck next time...


Just so you know, it's more than just entering a wifi password. It's removing the intel crap, removing the Norton/mcafee crapware that hate WPA2 networks, verifying certificates, knowing the domain (this gets most people), etc. etc.

So not necessarily computer illiterate, they just don't know our school's system.

We've been testing Windows 8 deployments at work on a limited scale. So far, everyone likes it. A few just needed a quick tutorial and then they were fine.

Setting up Wi-Fi is quite easy, I mean I see almost everyone able to go Wi-Fi at Starbuck. I think the help desk referred to credential which only the admin will allow.

Astra.Xtreme said,
Well yeah... Anybody that buys a new Windows laptop is getting it with Win8 pre-installed. And if those people aren't smart enough to setup wi-fi, they certainly aren't smart enough to downgrade to Win7. Just saying.

Astra.Xtreme said,
Well yeah... Anybody that buys a new Windows laptop is getting it with Win8 pre-installed. And if those people aren't smart enough to setup wi-fi, they certainly aren't smart enough to downgrade to Win7. Just saying.

if they find windows 8 so revolting and disgusting, they have the option of returning the device and choosing from a selection of macs,chromebooks or win7 devices from various vendors... but alas they don't.

wait till cheap priced devices like the asus t100 flood the retail shelves. IDC and Gartner will be dumbfounded. Huh...but...but... windows 8

COKid said,
Once again, no hard numbers.

yet, it doesn't matter anyway.. any number you hear is outdated the second you hear it.

Google claims billions of activations.. yet, i don't see many google devices out in the wild that aren't phones and even the phones i do see are limited to the few people who go out and buy a new one every 6 months anyway and they pirate all the crap they use on it

COKid said,
Once again, no hard numbers.

This isn't Microsoft trying to hide something. This is a research firm trying to give the best estimate they can.

spudtrooper said,


Google claims billions of activations.. yet, i don't

Wrong logic: MS is evil, however Google is evil, then MS is not evil anymore. :-|