Windows 8 takes the #1 spot on Amazon's best sellers list

Microsoft officially opened the doors to Windows 8 pre-orders only a few days ago but the newly minted Windows platform has already jumped to the top of Amazon's software "Best Sellers". This is surely making Ballmer and crew up in Redmond happy as the new OS is dramatically different, in some respects, to Windows 7 and seeing it at the top of the list provides a good early indicator that consumers are willing dabble with the live tiles.

Along with opening pre-orders, Microsoft also kicked off its official advertising campaign with a commercial that first aired on Sunday during the afternoon football games. This commercial will be the first of many as Microsoft is reportedly going to spend up to $2 billion on advertising on all of Microsoft upcoming launches this Fall.

In late October, Microsoft will kick off sales of Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and its own Surface tablet. Launching any of these products interdependently would feature a massive advertising campaign but by combining them in one single launch window, we expect an advertising push from Microsoft like nothing we have ever seen in the past.

Source: Amazon

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I ordered a copy from NewEgg with the $10 coupon code, but then reported NewEgg's deal to Amazon. Then, later in the day on the 12th, Amazon was offering a $10 discount code to match NewEgg. So, I ordered a copy from Amazon too. It would be nice to see the deals and offers keep coming.

Isn't it kind of a given that a new release of Windows ends up at the top of Amazon's software best seller list? Especially at such a discounted price.

techbeck said,
Doesn't take much to be on Amazons #1 list.

Lol, this is what those analysts will say.

Do you know how big Amazon is??

They're single handedly putting a good amount of tech retailers and shops out of business.
Heck, 5 years ago, I'd never have gone online, only best buy and circuit city.
Now, I haven't gone to a bb in over 4 years since I get the majority of the stuff from Amazon.

Toysoldier said,

Haters gonna hate

Nope, and if you would of read anything i said on here you would see that I hope W8 does well and if Microsoft can sell people on the new interface, then I am sure it will do well. I am looking forward to seeing what MS can do and what new things they can bring to the table. But still doesnt mean that it being #1 on Amazon is that big of a deal. But again, it is my opinion...like it or hate it.

On the Amazon page it says you can upgrade the Developer Preview and RTM versions so... everyone can buy an upgrade copy, right?

Also, I assume it's actually a full install on the disc and wouldn't require an OS installed?

Enron said,
I'm putting off my Windows 8 order until I can find a vendor that sells the Japanese cute version.

This is a prime example of when digital-only sucks balls...

Glassed Silver:ios

All the Apple analysis with there win8 will fail and poor sales trying to keep apple from getting hammered by the many win8 pcs, tablets etc.. and Apple stock going back to what it was before the ipod will surly love this news... I also saw the HSN sale that weekend more than 10,000 gateway win8 laptops sold in 20 mins. this is going to get really interesting...

On a side note, Quicken released version 2013 a few days ago along with IOS and Android "Apps". Woudn't it be nice if the folks at Intuit had a surprise for us by putting out a WinPho8 app for the platform that made them who they are?

I'm guessing that MS will get no respect in that department.

Axel said,
I might have missed something, but where is the link to a full version of Windows 8 Pro?

The 'full' version is now Windows 8 System Builder. The Upgrade/Full confused a lot of people, thinking that the 'full' version had more functionality or features, when it was just a licensing difference.

I don't think the System Builder version is available for pre-order yet.


The only reason you would need System Builder is if you are building a new PC yourself, or have a version older than XP.

XP-Vista-7 users can use the one provide on Amazon's side that is the non-System Builder version.

(PS If you are building your own PC, most of the time people are retiring an old computer and can migrate that license under the new Windows 8 upgrade rules. If you are 'serious' about building PCs like professionally, you should be buying wholesale OEM copies that are far cheaper or buying via licensing. You can also use 'deals' through Microsoft for private use and testing on various Partner programs.)

thenetavenger said,

The 'full' version is now Windows 8 System Builder. The Upgrade/Full confused a lot of people, thinking that the 'full' version had more functionality or features, when it was just a licensing difference.

I don't think the System Builder version is available for pre-order yet.


The only reason you would need System Builder is if you are building a new PC yourself, or have a version older than XP.

XP-Vista-7 users can use the one provide on Amazon's side that is the non-System Builder version.

(PS If you are building your own PC, most of the time people are retiring an old computer and can migrate that license under the new Windows 8 upgrade rules. If you are 'serious' about building PCs like professionally, you should be buying wholesale OEM copies that are far cheaper or buying via licensing. You can also use 'deals' through Microsoft for private use and testing on various Partner programs.)

I actually sold my own full retail Windows 7 Home Premium for about £65 on ebay and have been running the RP/CP on my self-built desktop since. Consequently, if I went for the upgrade option I'd have to look at buying a full XP license on ebay or something to that effect and then upgrading to Win8. It all just seem a bit arse-about-face whenever you have to reinstall from afresh (or after upgrading the primary hard disk for example), as I'm under the impression one would have to reinstall the previous OS and then perform and upgrade from that. MESSY.

Axel said,

I actually sold my own full retail Windows 7 Home Premium for about £65 on ebay and have been running the RP/CP on my self-built desktop since. Consequently, if I went for the upgrade option I'd have to look at buying a full XP license on ebay or something to that effect and then upgrading to Win8. It all just seem a bit arse-about-face whenever you have to reinstall from afresh (or after upgrading the primary hard disk for example), as I'm under the impression one would have to reinstall the previous OS and then perform and upgrade from that. MESSY.

You actually can to a clean install using the upgrade version (at least you could with Win7, hopefully they continue to allow that considering it results in a more stable installation). Also, keep in mind that technically you can only resell the retail version of Windows. The OEM license that comes as a sticker on your computer is only valid on that computer. If you buy it from someone else it isn't technically legal.

Axel said,

I'm under the impression one would have to reinstall the previous OS and then perform and upgrade from that. MESSY.

You can still do a clean install from an upgrade copy.

Great news! Come on, customers--let's make this the most successful operating system ever made. Let's show Microsoft that they're definitely going in the right direction, and that they should continue to allow the new experience to mature and evolve.

Calum said,
Great news! Come on, customers--let's make this the most successful operating system ever made. Let's show Microsoft that they're definitely going in the right direction, and that they should continue to allow the new experience to mature and evolve.

I'll let it mature and evolve on it's own, thank you

Calum said,
Great news! Come on, customers--let's make this the most successful operating system ever made. Let's show Microsoft that they're definitely going in the right direction, and that they should continue to allow the new experience to mature and evolve.

i applaud your enthusiasm but not everyone will enjoy w8.

Calum said,
Great news! Come on, customers--let's make this the most successful operating system ever made. Let's show Microsoft that they're definitely going in the right direction, and that they should continue to allow the new experience to mature and evolve.

I honestly don't have anything aginst Windows 8. I just don't care, nothing about it really excites me. I am happy just to wait until I buy or build another computer to install it.

Calum said,
Great news! Come on, customers--let's make this the most successful operating system ever made. Let's show Microsoft that they're definitely going in the right direction, and that they should continue to allow the new experience to mature and evolve.

You can't get any more fanboy then that

underthebridge said,

You can't get any more fanboy then that


Define 'fanboy', please.

I'm merely a fan of Windows 8 and the direction Microsoft are going in. Are you attempting to suggest that people shouldn't be fans of products?

No I'm not suggesting that. I meant exactly what I said. Fanboy, as in someone who admires and passionately follows whatever that company does next, but out of excessive loyalty to them.

Calum said,

Define 'fanboy', please.

I'm merely a fan of Windows 8 and the direction Microsoft are going in. Are you attempting to suggest that people shouldn't be fans of products?

underthebridge said,
No I'm not suggesting that. I meant exactly what I said. Fanboy, as in someone who admires and passionately follows whatever that company does next, but out of excessive loyalty to them.


Then you are obviously wrong about me.

Tell me: Why do I constantly criticise Microsoft for missing things out of their software that I deem important (Facebook Open Graph integration, good support for Facebook notifications etc.)?

Tell me: Why did I purchase an iPhone 5 last week, on a two-year contract, 3 weeks before Microsoft had even announced the features of Windows Phone 8?

Tell me: Why will I probably get a Mac until at least the next release of Windows?

Tell me: Why will I be using Spotify over Xbox Music, even after Xbox Music's release, at least until Microsoft integrate Facebook's Open Graph?

Tell me: Why did I dislike all of Microsoft's operating systems, before Windows Phone and Windows 8 were announced?

Tell me: Why do I use Google Search and find it better?

Tell me: Why did I always find Facebook better than Windows Live (when Microsoft were trying to compete with Facebook at Windows Live Wave 3 and below)?

There are probably other things I could mention, but I'll tell you the answer to all of those questions: I simply like the best products in each market. Some of those best products are now produced by Microsoft, and I believe Microsoft are going in a cool direction. Liking some of a company's products does not make me your definition of a 'fanboy', especially when I often criticise that company's offerings and the company themselves!

Edited by Calum, Oct 16 2012, 6:33pm :

Since you asked i stated what fanboy meant. But who I am to tell you its definition, just take a look at urbandictionary.

Your initial comment... It almost sounds like you're working for Microsoft. As if somehow we owe it to Microsoft to show them that, as their loyal customers, we will support their new OS and spread the good word. Yeah. Ok.
For someone who has read this and knows nothing else about you, it wreaks fanboy. But obviously you very well proved you are not.

Calum said,

Then you are obviously wrong about me.

Tell me: Why do I constantly criticise Microsoft for missing things out of their software that I deem important (Facebook Open Graph integration, good support for Facebook notifications etc.)?

Tell me: Why did I purchase an iPhone 5 last week, on a two-year contract, 3 weeks before Microsoft had even announced the features of Windows Phone 8?

Tell me: Why will I probably get a Mac until at least the next release of Windows?

Tell me: Why will I be using Spotify over Xbox Music, even after Xbox Music's release, at least until Microsoft integrate Facebook's Open Graph?

Tell me: Why did I dislike all of Microsoft's operating systems, before Windows Phone and Windows 8 were announced?

Tell me: Why do I use Google Search and find it better?

Tell me: Why did I always find Facebook better than Windows Live (when Microsoft were trying to compete with Facebook at Windows Live Wave 3 and below)?

There are probably other things I could mention, but I'll tell you the answer to all of those questions: I simply like the best products in each market. Some of those best products are now produced by Microsoft, and I believe Microsoft are going in a cool direction. Liking some of a company's products does not make me your definition of a 'fanboy', especially when I often criticise that company's offerings and the company themselves!


Astra.Xtreme said,
Not much of a feat to beat Quicken, lulz.

This time of year it is... Taxes are due today for those that filed extensions. And corporations were due 9/17

gohatters said,

This time of year it is... Taxes are due today for those that filed extensions. And corporations were due 9/17

Is Quicken for taxes? I thought TurboTax was the software to use for that. Both of which are made by Intuit.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Is Quicken for taxes? I thought TurboTax was the software to use for that.

It's for bookkeeping. Which is needed for taxes

gohatters said,

It's for bookkeeping. Which is needed for taxes

Quickbooks is for book keeping, Quicken is basically the financial tracking software for the home user, who might have some other income sources beyond a basic job... Quickbooks is the next step up for business, Turbotax is their tax end software which can use data from quicken and quickbooks

Dot Matrix said,
Yay!

Not so much yay for the people who actually bought it from Amazon... on the 26th you can get the exact same Pro upgrade version direct from MS for $39.99 U.S / £24.99 U.K.

These people are going to be kicking themselfs.

NoClipMode said,

Not so much yay for the people who actually bought it from Amazon... on the 26th you can get the exact same Pro upgrade version direct from MS for $39.99 U.S / £24.99 U.K.

These people are going to be kicking themselfs.

I am hoping you do know the difference between a full and upgrade version of Windows 8. If you get a an upgrade, which is obviously cheaper, you will HAVE to have the previous version of Windows installed and activated before you do an upgrade. You cannot simply use an upgrade to do a clean install!

musty said,

You cannot simply use an upgrade to do a clean install!

in the "good ol' days" you could install windows, not activated then upgrade windows and activate it to get around this (haven't tried in win8...)

spudtrooper said,

in the "good ol' days" you could install windows, not activated then upgrade windows and activate it to get around this (haven't tried in win8...)

Yeah. I know. But, sadly, not anymore

musty said,

I am hoping you do know the difference between a full and upgrade version of Windows 8. If you get a an upgrade, which is obviously cheaper, you will HAVE to have the previous version of Windows installed and activated before you do an upgrade. You cannot simply use an upgrade to do a clean install!

exactly, this is the very reason I got a full copy.

musty said,

I am hoping you do know the difference between a full and upgrade version of Windows 8. If you get a an upgrade, which is obviously cheaper, you will HAVE to have the previous version of Windows installed and activated before you do an upgrade. You cannot simply use an upgrade to do a clean install!

I mentioned this because from what i can see the version on Amazon thats took the no.1 sales spot is infact an upgrade, not the full version. So again, $70 on Amazon vs $40 from MS. Maybe try reading next time?

"If you currently have a personal computer running Windows 7, Windows XP or Windows Vista then you can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro (Professional)"

http://www.amazon.com/Microsof...H3SW4I/ref=zg_bs_software_1