Microsoft’s very proud touting of their 100 million licenses sold figure for Windows 8 has had some industry analysts wondering whether or not the corporate giant is being entirely truthful about what this figure means.
Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy points out that there’s a distinct difference between “licenses sold” and “computers actually being used”. As far as Microsoft is concerned, a license is “sold” the instant the Windows 8-powered device rolls off the factory line, meaning that there are literally shelves and warehouses full of Windows 8 licenses that have been “sold”, but are not being used by consumers.
Figures gathered by California analytics company Net Applications show that of the Windows PCs connected to the internet in April, only 4.2% of them were running Windows 8. With Microsoft claiming that there are 1.4 billion Windows PCs in the world, that puts active Windows 8 PCs at only 58.6 million, far less than the 100 million licenses sold that Microsoft are claiming.
Net Applications’ figures aren’t entirely reliable, but even as a broad indicator, the numbers don’t quite add up. Interesting stuff.
Source: PC World (thanks, PalZer0)