Windows 8 received more than a billion hours of testing before release

It's Metro, it's divisive, it's Windows 8 - and it's had a lot of testing to reach this point.

Microsoft didn't pump out an operating system and call it a day - at least not according to the new figures they've released. According to Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live division, testing took place in 190 countries.

Between the 190 countries which tested Windows 8 pre-release, 1,240,000,000 hours were spent playing with the new system. If you'd like that in minutes, it's 74,400,000,000 minutes and yes, that is quite a lot of time indeed. Plus, that probably won't count the unofficial leaks people weren't meant to access, so the figure could be higher again. Granted, it won't be another billion added on, but it's still a mind-boggling statistic.

Sinofsky wasn't kidding when he pointed out that no other product in the world can boast of having had as much testing done pre-release as Windows 8. That's pretty special, but it would need to be if it wants to beat Windows 7's roaring success. More than half a billion Windows 7 licenses were sold since the OS released.

Source: TechCrunch
Windows 8 image via Wikimedia
 

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hmm i wonder why the need to release these figures knowing full well it will makes its rounds as tech sites everywhere post stories like this.

seems to me they slipped up and are showing some weakness in their propaganda campaign lol

The only reason this info would be put out on display like it is
is because they KNOW a lot of people do NOT like Windows 8
and they need to try and combat some of the negative feedback.
too bad they didn't LISTEN to the feedback during testing then
they wouldn't have to brag about how much feedback they received
even if it was lower quality and not as useful as Windows 7's.

Note the keywords "playing with the new system." That speaks volume that the OS is geared towards toys. Where is the mention of being used in business settings where productivity is paramount? Conspicuously absent.

TsarNikky said,
Note the keywords "playing with the new system." That speaks volume that the OS is geared towards toys. Where is the mention of being used in business settings where productivity is paramount? Conspicuously absent.

My productivity on the work floor is higher on Win8 then it was on Win7.

I forgot to post feedback to them asking them if they could round off the corners of the tiles on the start screen...

One billions hours of testing, and what do we get on the desktop.
A piece of crap with no transparent windows, and a theme with a text that is impossible to read, if you are using dark colors for your windows border.
I am back with win7.

Luke777 said,
One billions hours of testing, and what do we get on the desktop.
A piece of crap with no transparent windows, and a theme with a text that is impossible to read, if you are using dark colors for your windows border.
I am back with win7.

Good! Stay there!

MidTxWRX said,

Good! Stay there!


I wonder how ridicule will taste for you when Microsoft makes some decision with their OS that -YOU- don't like.

Yeah, it always only happens to the others... /s

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

I wonder how ridicule will taste for you when Microsoft makes some decision with their OS that -YOU- don't like.

Yeah, it always only happens to the others... /s

GS:mac

You'll be free to make other choices, just like you can today.

Luke777 said,
One billions hours of testing, and what do we get on the desktop.
A piece of crap with no transparent windows, and a theme with a text that is impossible to read, if you are using dark colors for your windows border.
I am back with win7.
Just use Ubuntu, no reason not to now, with steam coming to it and all.

Glassed Silver said,

I wonder how ridicule will taste for you when Microsoft makes some decision with their OS that -YOU- don't like.

Yeah, it always only happens to the others... /s

GS:mac

I can't always have it my way. I'll adapt. I use Mac OS as well as Windows. I like both.

Edit: Wait, maybe I was supposed to try to convince Luke777 to switch to Windows 8 by getting into a long and pointless discussion with him? Nah I'll pass.

zikalify said,
Just use Ubuntu, no reason not to now, with steam coming to it and all.

The fun of horrible driver support, security and flaws in an amount Windows hasnt seen since Win98 (srsly go through their security bulletins... its horrible).
And not being able to run games, Steam might be coming but it wont have a vast game library to chose from. Besides maybe adding thousands of silly KDE games or w/e.

MidTxWRX said,

I can't always have it my way. I'll adapt. I use Mac OS as well as Windows. I like both.

Edit: Wait, maybe I was supposed to try to convince Luke777 to switch to Windows 8 by getting into a long and pointless discussion with him? Nah I'll pass.


Nope, just saying that ridicule isn't exactly very friendly.

GS:mac

The problem with any software is that the variables are almost infinite and there is ALWAYS a scenario that presents itself and everyone goes, "Whoops, did not think of that!" Often in a given evironment you get a problem or multiple problems and no one else seems to be able to replicate the issue. So, as in the past and in the future, no matter how much the stuff is tested there will be issues, big and small!

JHBrown said,
......and Windows 8 is the result? Good God!

isn't it awesome?!
though, i'd still have like to see all the apps on the start screen actually placed into files. that's a flaw, but i can overlook it.

aviator189 said,

isn't it awesome?!
though, i'd still have like to see all the apps on the start screen actually placed into files. that's a flaw, but i can overlook it.

I'm having a blast with win8 Whatever they did to fix the boot process is great! It doesn't crash when really pushing an OC. Before, the boot process itself would limit your OC by BSOD before reaching the desktop. Now it seems like the crashes have become "task related" now rather than the OS itself. That's stability folks

The testing users did running the OS wasn't too far from the automated testing that MS does themselves. They didn't allow users to provide actual feedback which would have been far more important.

LogicalApex said,
The testing users did running the OS wasn't too far from the automated testing that MS does themselves. They didn't allow users to provide actual feedback which would have been far more important.

You mean like the Provide Feedback button I used several times?

Deranged said,

You mean like the Provide Feedback button I used several times?

And that is outside the OS phoning home a huge amount of statistical information.