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    Tami Reller, the chief marketing officer and chief financial officer of the company’s Windows division said Microsoft is pleased with the sales of Windows 8 in the first 90 days ater the launch of Windows 8 in an interview, though Windows 8 did not restore growth to the personal computer business over the holidays.

    “This is a generational change, and to try to evaluate success over one finite amount of time when you have that much change, I think, is tricky,” Ms. Reller said, sitting in a conference room on Microsoft’s verdant campus in Redmond, Wash. “I look at it and say, wow, it was a tremendous amount of innovation we brought to market. Is there more we can do? Oh, my goodness.”

    One of Ms. Reller’s clearest messages was that a wave of compelling new Windows 8 devices is about to come out. To emphasize the point, she and Aidan Marcuss, principal director of Windows Research, arranged a dozen or so new notebooks, tablets and “convertibles” (hybrid devices that combine features of both) on a long conference table. Mr. Marcuss held up a sleek new ThinkPad tablet from Lenovo that runs on an Intel processor that operates without a fan and is designed to provide generous battery life.

    Microsoft executives have conceded that Windows 8 PC sales could have been better over the holidays had more devices with touch screens been available on store shelves. Although the product works with a traditional keyboard and mouse or trackpad, it was designed with the idea that touch screens would become a common feature of computers.

    Microsoft’s own research on how people are using Windows 8 shows that people with touch devices spend 4.5 times more time using apps downloaded from the Windows Store than those without touch screens.

    Ms. Reller said that Microsoft had certified about 1,000 systems for use with Windows 8 by Oct. 26 and that the number is now about double that. She said the percentage of those devices with touch screens was “well below half, but it’s growing.”

    “We’re really only just getting started,” said Ms. Reller, who has co-led the Windows business with Julie Larson-Green since the departure of Steven Sinofsky, the former president of the Windows division, in November.

    Microsoft said last week that it had sold 60 million copies of Windows 8 by the end of 2012 — about equal to the sales level of Windows 7, an earlier version of the operating system, at the same point in its life. While shipments in the PC market as a whole declined over the holidays, Microsoft had the advantage of being able to sell upgrade copies of Windows 8 to people who already had computers.

    When asked how declining PC sales affect the outlook for Windows 8, Ms. Reller said that at some point, it wouldn’t be as meaningful to look at those numbers to judge the health of Windows since the software also ships on tablets, which many research firms do not include in their estimates for the PC market.

    “Over time, it will be more interesting to look at the Windows business and say, ‘How are you doing in the broader opportunity?’ ” she said.

    Source:techradar.com

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    I think Windows 8 is a good operating system they just should have had training videos pre-installed with OS. Then people would have been less upset... I can't tell you how many people who wanted to throw their PC away including me until I did research and found the information I needed to use system.

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