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4 Million Windows 8 Upgrades Sold In 3 Days

This years tech hype off to a steady start

Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you'll know that Microsoft's latest innovation, Windows 8, launched last week. Windows 8 is the biggest leap in terms of functionality over all the previous editions of Windows since the introduction of the mouse, but how well is it being received by the public? While some might say 4 million copies sold is a healthy sounding number, it seems it's not as good a number as it should be.

“In just the last three days, we have sold four million Windows 8 upgrades. Four million Windows 8 upgrades,” - Steve Ballmer

Given that there have been offers running all over the place, giving users the chance to upgrade to the latest OS for as little as $14.99, it's clear that uptake could have been higher at such a low price. It is a little early to tell though and it has only been a few days. I think the main issue for Microsoft is that Windows 7 is fantastic, this much we all know and the old story of "if it isn't broke, don't fix it" seems to be strong in the minds of many Windows users who are already satisfied with the solutions offers by Windows 7.

There are hundreds of millions of Windows users in the world, so 4 million really is just a drop in the pond in terms of sales.

So how do you think Windows 8 will pan out? I've seen a lot of people quick to dismiss the OS as a waste of money, but I wonder how many of them have actually spend a full day or longer using the OS, sure it takes a little getting used to but it seems people simply don't like change.