Wired: Microsoft is publicly touting its Windows 8 sales figures — 40 million licenses sold! Windows 8 outpacing Windows 7 upgrades! Windows Store apps double since launch! — but it isn’t all sunshine and smiles in Redmond.
The biggest problem with Windows 8 is the hardware. I think MS should now push forward with the Surface and bring it to stores around the world as this will help sales of the OS. The only other tablet I know that is out there at the moment is the new Samsung devices but I have yet to see one in a store. Lenovo have a few nice loptops/ultra books out but that is it the rest as just stuck in the past. Ive been using Windows 8 on my 3 year old laptop for a few months now and I can say I don't miss the old start menu and the OS is a lot faster on my old hardware than windows 7 was. I don't use the App store but I would if I had a touch screen device. I think HP, Dell ect not need to stop living in the past and start giving customers some stand out devices as MS has given the software but they are not producing the hardware yet to show off the software.
Sony is doing pretty well with their windows 8 lineup and is BY FAR better than Samsung's. The VAIO Duo 11 is an amazing machine which I use in school and all of my teachers love it. Is it expensive? Not if you consider that the surface pro with similar specs reaches over 1100 with the keyboard which isn't backlit, 6gb ram vs the pro's 4gb, 11.6 1080p Adobe rgb 96% vs 10.6 1080p unknown screen specs. The stylus on the vaio is perfect for use in school as I have said above. And no one even knows the specs of the surface pen.
I agree about the Sony stuff but from a Business stand point I would not touch a Sony pc/Tablet as there support is not good enough compared to Dell and HP ect. Also I have yet to see the Sony Windows 8 tablets ect here in the UK. I do love sony stuff though but what people need to remember that about 80% of people who buy a pc/tablet are not looking at specs as they don't know what any of them mean they are going for looks and price. If Sony and Samsung can get there devices pushed in front of the home users im sure they will sell well and this is what Dell and HP ect need to look at as well as business users to. They all need to do a High medium and low spec machines and give them all a descent price to.
I wonder how many of those licenses are sat un-used in their OEM partners warehouses or perhaps like my license sat on the shelf because I went back to Windows 7 because I didn't like Microsoft forcing their 'vision' of how my PC should look and run. They can fix it though, release an update that gives the user back the Start menu and option to boot to classic desktop. Rather than force Metro on the user leave it there as an option and then as support for it via more apps improves it will become more enticing to use but don't force it on us.
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