Windows 8 Sells in Excess of 40 Million Copies in the First Month

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 November 2012 02:30 Written by admin Tuesday, 27 November 2012 02:30

Microsoft has been crunching the numbers following last month’s release of Windows 8, and there’s really no way to put this but to say that they’re looking pretty good so far. The Redmond company sold over 40 million licenses of Windows 8, with some 4 million units shipping in the first weekend after the October 26th launch.

“The journey is just beginning, but I am pleased to announce today that we have sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses so far.” Tami Reller shared the news with analysts attending the Credit Suisse 2012 Annual Technology Conference.

2 things are really bothering me:

1. Sold to whom? Because Microsoft also, sometime counts license sales to channel partners, as well, sales. Which doesn’t necessarily mean that the copies were actually purchased by customers.

2. No data on the Surface’s success or lack thereof was shared with analysts. Since Microsoft is trumpeting 40 million sold licenses of Windows 8 while keeping suspiciously quiet on Surface’s market performance, it’s pretty safe to infer that the company’s tablet is doing less than stellar.

Personally, I’m going to wait a little while, and see what Internet metrics firms have to say about Windows 8 usage worldwide, before I make up my mind about Windows 8’s success.


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Download Windows 8 RTM Performance and Reliability Update

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 November 2012 01:01 Written by admin Tuesday, 13 November 2012 01:01

Windows 8 RTM might have only hit the market last month, but Microsoft is already hard at work ensuring that the operating system is behaving. A new update available for download from Microsoft is set up to increase the performance of the latest version of Windows, as well as increase the operating system’s reliability.

This cumulative update includes the following performance and reliability improvements:•Enable enterprise customers to customize the default lock screen.

•Improves the performance when you wake the computer and when the computer is asleep, in order to improve battery life

•Resolves an issue that may prevent Windows Store Apps from being installed fully

•Other software updates and performance improvements

 

Download Update for Windows 8 for x64-based Systems (KB2770917)

Download Update for Windows 8 (KB2770917)

 


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Patch Critical Windows 8 RTM Security Vulnerabilities

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 November 2012 12:53 Written by admin Tuesday, 13 November 2012 12:53

Windows 8 certainly doesn’t make an exception to Microsoft’s monthly patch cycle. In fact, the Redmond company just released a number of updates designed to patch Critical security vulnerabilities impacting the latest iteration of Windows.

MS12-072 comes to resolve two severe issues in Windows Shell. In scenarios in which attackers would be able to exploit the security vulnerabilities, they’d also have an open window into Windows allowing them to execute code remotely and completely take over infected machines. Only the 32-bit and the 64-bit versions of Windows 8 RTM are impacted.

MS12-075 resolves three security holes in Windows kernel-mode drivers, also Critical, also allowing for remote code execution in the eventuality of a successful exploit. In addition to the 32-bit and 64-bit releases of Windows 8, Windows RT is also impacted.


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