Microsoft sold 8 million Kinects in 60 days; blows away the iPad

On Thursday, Microsoft announced its second quarter earnings, with a record of $19.95 billion. The software giant also posted its highlights of the year, one of them being the amount of Xbox 360 Kinect units sold.

Microsoft reported that Kinect sold 8 million units in just 60 days, far exceeding the company's goal. Microsoft lived up to its goal when they announced back in September that Kinect will "blow away" iPad sales.

It took Apple 28 days to sell the first million iPads, and the first three million in 80 days, which is far less than Microsoft's 8 million in 60 days. In terms of availability, the iPad was launched in the United States first, before being made available in nine more countries a month later. Although the two products are very different, they are in a very unique market for mobile computing and controller-less gaming.

The Kinect for Xbox 360 has made a big impact on the market, even selling faster than PlayStation 3's Move. Kinect turns your Xbox 360 intro a controller-less gaming system, allowing for the user to control the game with their hands and body, without the need to hold or wear any peripherals.

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Why is it Apple morons go on and on about how every product apple makes is just par none the best thing ever without ever having used alternatives. Also why is it you love buying into a monopolistic culture like lemmings with no mind. Apple is no longer this cool alternative to Microsoft but a huge company that screws its patrons over by releasing pre-obsolescent devices saying you don't need certain features and then releasing those features just 1 year later. The formula is working so well because so many dullards are buying into it. You choose Apple devices over multitudes of other companies and other devices.... dosent that seem a little like you are brainwashed?

The formula is working so well because so many dullards are buying into it. You choose Apple devices over multitudes of other companies and other devices.... dosent that seem a little like you are brainwashed?

You do realise Microsoft fans are just the same.

They were in line to buy the first Xbox on day 1 even though there was only one good launch game which was Halo. The upcoming games was almost all port of PS2 games. The good exclusive games came after there was enough xbox sold for publishers to care.

Most of them bought at least two 360 so far because of the RRoD. It's almost impossible to really know how much people own a 360 since so many people bought two of them.

Fanboys are fanboys. Apple fanboys are not better or worse than MS fanboys. They are all the same.

These fanboys make me lose faith in the collective human intelligence level almost as much as Glenn Beck.

Stop grasping for imaginary handholds. Apple pumped their ego saying the iFail was the most revolutionary technology and fastest selling electronic device out there. MS has beaten that claim. If you're gonna start complaining about comparisons now, why not back when Apple did? They took the broad path of comparing to everything out there, regardless of what type of gadget it was. MS now is selling an electronic device faster, and they ACTUALLY MADE SOMETHING NEW, not just an oversized iPod Touch. Get a grip.

In other news, AST Bearings sell more ball bearings than Lexus sells cars. Lexus must suck, and are surely heading for bankruptcy.

Came for the inevitable rants that the two products shouldn't be compared with each other. Leaving with a satisfied, condescending smirk on my face.

Are people really that stupid. They aren't comparing kinect directly to ipad other than they are both tech gadgets. Yes, it would be like apples/oranges, except they are looking at the best fruit in the fruit bowl!!

Read other news articles published on the web that listed the iPad as the fastest selling gadget and look what they compare it to ...DVD players, Blu Ray....they are nothing alike either.

tuxplorer said,
And iPad 2 will blow away the Kinnect. Kinnect should have been made first for something mainstream like the Windows PC.

Rumor has it there are drivers coming, probably around the same time as Win8.

Who really f==kin cares. What is neowin becoming the mouth piece to whom ever pays them money to run a story? Kinnects are cool and so are Ipads so f==kin what.This site seems to be moving from news to corporate propaganda.Thats cool though have to pay the bills.

Post the news about Windows OS sales loss. I'm sorry to tell you guys but Desktop OSes like Windows are slowwwwly being phased out because the Desktop Computer itself is becoming obsolete.

It's easy to see phones and tablets are the new tech. Personally I plan to always keep a desktop so...I'm too old to care about tablets. =)

Mike Frett said,
Post the news about Windows OS sales loss. I'm sorry to tell you guys but Desktop OSes like Windows are slowwwwly being phased out because the Desktop Computer itself is becoming obsolete.

It's easy to see phones and tablets are the new tech. Personally I plan to always keep a desktop so...I'm too old to care about tablets. =)

Exactly, because people are buying other devices like XBoxes and WP7 phones...
Oh wait, still Windows OS.

Ok, those are not big numbers, but if you think Windows OSes are going away, you have a shifted reality.

For example, millions of cars use Windows OSes (Almost all Ford models now come standard with Sync, with Microsoft logo and everything, running a Windows OS.)

Next factor in the number of computer running Windows, yes it is in the Billions. These are numbers that would take YEARS AND YEARS even at the fastest Android and iPhone sales combined to even put a dent in, let alone overcome.

Who cares?

Also, isn't this still a little skewed? I mean, the Kinect launched just in time for the holidays and rode its hype right into the season. If the iPad launched at the same time, we might get a better comparison.

Tablets cannot do real work. A friend couple of mine recently bought android tablets and within 2 months they are selling them. She prefers her vaio laptop and he wants a new home built super desktop.

Antix said,
Tablets cannot do real work. A friend couple of mine recently bought android tablets and within 2 months they are selling them. She prefers her vaio laptop and he wants a new home built super desktop.

As much as I love my own super desktop, I'm selling my laptop for a tablet later this year when the next-gens come out. For travel and comfort, a tablet is just the simpler choice. A wide selection of very usable apps, the direction new development is headed in so a good platform to be a part of, and oh yeah: no panicking about accidentally covering up a vent because you want to get comfortable.

But that's all there is to it. Tablets are for people who laze around online every now and then, and for people who travel. Laptops are for people who do work, or who want to do desktop computing without dedicating an entire workspace to the hardware. At this point, desktops are for workstations, serious gaming, and hobbyists who feel dirty at the mere suggestion of buying something pre-built.

Joshie said,

As much as I love my own super desktop, I'm selling my laptop for a tablet later this year when the next-gens come out. For travel and comfort, a tablet is just the simpler choice. A wide selection of very usable apps, the direction new development is headed in so a good platform to be a part of, and oh yeah: no panicking about accidentally covering up a vent because you want to get comfortable.

But that's all there is to it. Tablets are for people who laze around online every now and then, and for people who travel. Laptops are for people who do work, or who want to do desktop computing without dedicating an entire workspace to the hardware. At this point, desktops are for workstations, serious gaming, and hobbyists who feel dirty at the mere suggestion of buying something pre-built.

One of my friends is the biggest iPad fan you could imagine, and they have also looked at Android tablets as awesome.

However when it comes doing anyting outside of playing with a few apps, or watching media, they grab their netbook. This often includes web browsing because of the vast performance difference and site compatibility.

Apple and Google are both messing up when it comes to performance.

The iPad CPU/GPU choice and the horrible performance is the kicker for most people. Even browsing the web, a Win7 first generation Netbook loads pages 10-20x faster with IE8 than the iPad. And we are talking a 6hr netbook with 1gb RAM and an Atom 270.

Apple failed to deliver enough computing to make the device more than 'interesting', and if they don't make a big change this will become a fading fad as much as I hate to see it happen.

Not only are the device specifications slow, but their iOS is so not optimized for a device. Their kernel is far bigger than a device needs at this point, and the same is true for Android with its Linux kernel. They are bigger kernels with models that can only be reduced so far.

The contrast is WinCE, which is an OS designed based on some NT model ideas, but leaves out anything that does not fit a device dynamic. This is why the WP7 can pull GPU performance numbers with WinCE and its kernel and driver model that is several times faster than than Android on the same hardware. (Go reference the Qualcomm numbers.) This is why the Snapdragon in the WP7 is not a problem, as Microsoft is getting GPU numbers out of it in the same range as the newer high end chipsets like you will find in some of the impressive Samsungs.

The OS is still a big deal, because the weight of iOS/OSX and Linux scales down fairly well, but not when you are competing against an OS designed for devices. It would be like Microsoft using the bottom layers of NT on the current generation of devices, it would perform well, probably in the same range as Android or iOS, but these devices need a bit less OS overhead, and it makes some significant differences.

In two years or three, it will be less important, but right now, Google and Apple need to shove their hardware up.

maybe if they compared it to something similar to kinect say something like the WII as the iPad and kinect are after two totally different audiences can you take a kinect on a train and watch a video on the way to work NO see 2 totally diffeent markets

The Apple Dumplings didn't make any logical comparison when they were fapping about the iPad being the fastest-selling tech gadget ever.

The author is just shoving it right back into their faces.

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