'Stunning' start for Windows 8

2012-10-31 07:26

San Francisco - Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer on Tuesday said the Windows 8 operating system was off to a "stunning" start with four million upgrades downloaded since its release on 26 October.

"In just the last three days, we have sold four million Windows 8 upgrades," Ballmer said while kicking off a BUILD Conference for developers at the software giant's headquarters in Redmond, Washington.

"The level of embrace from enthusiasts is very, very high."

Ballmer added that tens many businesses have also switched to the latest version of Windows.

Analysts have depicted Windows 8 as a bold bet for Microsoft since it dramatically changed the long-familiar user interface to adapt to touch-screen mobile devices increasingly popular in modern lifestyles.

"The level of enthusiasm seen for the new products has really been stunning," Ballmer told the thousands of developers at the sold-out event.

Globally popular one-to-many text messaging service Twitter and online file sharing hit Dropbox are among applications being tailored to Windows 8, Ballmer told third-pary software developers at the gathering.

Microsoft kicked off sales of its revamped Windows 8 system and Surface tablet on Friday as it ramped up efforts to compete in a market shifting rapidly from PCs to mobile devices.

  • jason.palmer.908 - 2012-10-31 07:48

    Could this be because they've FINALLY decided to to charge a reasonable price for their OS? Welcome to the 21st century MS, enjoy the view...

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-10-31 07:55

    Lets hope it is more stable than Windows 7, which is as wobbly as a kangaroo on stillettos.

      cmjeftha - 2012-10-31 08:01

      Windows 7? Wobbly? Are you high?

      gerrie.visagie - 2012-10-31 08:23

      I have to question that statement. Windows 7 has been one of MS's most stable and user friendly OS's

      jordaanjean - 2012-10-31 08:29

      That is what happens when you download a pirated-virus-trojan infested illegal copy mate ;)

      arthur.hugh - 2012-10-31 09:05

      Win7 is probably the most stable version I've worked on to date.

      frederick.nel - 2012-10-31 09:13

      Dude have you even used windows 7 =/ Very uneducated comment mate.

      gary.desousa.7 - 2012-10-31 10:04

      Listen ANYONE who can conjour up an image of a kangaroo on stilettos deserves to be able to post anything,lol

      Don.Tandy - 2012-10-31 15:27

      I have completely legal/legitimate non-pirated versions of Windows 7 on both my personal and work laptops, and they freeze or crash at least 3-4 times every day. I have to be careful not to make succesive clicks with my mouse too quickly, otherwise everything 'locks-up'. And something that requires continual updating (sometimes 10-20 per day) is flawed in my mind.

      frederick.nel - 2012-10-31 16:14

      I would suggest taking your machines into a IT shop and let them assist you as its a common mistake people make when there 3rd party software crashes or internet stops responding. As for software updates they are important for security due to viruses/malware/spyware created buy people to damage or hack your system and updates also sometimes add more content. You could very well have a hardware problem but since you have the same problem on 2 machines i would think software.

      JManAtheoi - 2012-11-01 11:02

      @ Don - that does not sound like a windows 7 problem...sounds like a problem with your units.

  • tyranvz - 2012-10-31 08:08

    Lets see how many updates it'll need before it will run properly. I don't know how Microsoft is so popular? They are useless and will always be light years away from Mac

      jordaanjean - 2012-10-31 08:33

      When was the last time you tried to do some software development on a MAC? When was the last time you attempted to do some actual work on a MAC ( not reading emails and browsing the web) ? When it comes to gaming windows is miles ahead of MAC OS. ( OPEN GL vs DIRECT X ). With that in mind I am not sure if you were just trolling or stupid. MACS are pretty, fun and way over priced. Sure when you want to draw pretty pictures MACS are useful, but not much else.

      frederick.nel - 2012-10-31 09:18

      lol really tyran? i guess thats why 90% of the worlds businesses use PC's/Windows cause they wana be light years behind this fast paced world right?

      skia.bran - 2012-11-01 10:16

      @Jean - what do you mean openGL vs directX? mac is bad at gaming because of the bad hardware specs and that they don't want the market. the latest benchmarks from valve are showing better performance on the native linux games using openGL than windows. "Left 4 Dead 2 is running at 315 FPS on Linux" "Left 4 Dead 2 is now running at 303.4 FPS on Windows"

  • calliedj - 2012-10-31 08:17

    And here my company still uses XP...

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-10-31 08:56

      It is the best windows OS , still.

      frederick.nel - 2012-10-31 09:25

      No 7 is the best and i have no doubt 8 will be even better as it runs on the 7 engine :) Im IT and deal with OS issues all the time and can honestly say 7 is way more superior than XP.

      JManAtheoi - 2012-11-01 11:11

      I agree with fred...XP was awesome, I only stopped using Xp when 7 came out... and its awesome too!! Millenium, Vista, all rubbish...

      frederick.nel - 2012-11-08 09:05

      Agreed Jman!

  • johanttblom - 2012-10-31 08:21

    Now what would be great is if you could get say a Samsung Galaxy S3 and choose the operating system yourself . Big fan of android , but Win8 phones could possibly have a more seamless cross platform integration especially for business people . Yes/No ?

      frederick.nel - 2012-10-31 09:21

      That is indeed there goal :)

  • mario.dippenaar - 2012-10-31 11:03

    In case you are wondering, it is possible to upgrade your "less than legal" version of windows 7 to a legit windows 8. Since you can get the pro edition for $15, it's not worth the pirate life anymore. So yeah, if you want it for super cheap, download the client, google the page where you can get the coupon code (just register as retailer, you get the code instantly), and download. Then, until January, you can upgrade your basic version to pro (the one with media Center) for free.

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-10-31 11:37

      Go buy 7 you cheap skate and then update to 8.:)

      mario.dippenaar - 2012-10-31 13:20

      ... Or you could just buy Windows 8? I'm trying to turn a new leaf here by buying software.

      JManAtheoi - 2012-11-01 11:21

      15U$?? Isn't only when buying a Windows laptop etc...?

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