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Linux & Windows 8: So Far the Penguin Is Ahead

Jan 22, 2013, 04:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Hall)

40 million licenses in the first four weeks after release does seem to be a bit high, unless there was a big move to upgrade some old XP machines by Redmond's enterprise clients. Other than that possibility, the numbers don't make sense if we study the figures coming from Microsoft's biggest partners. For example, Fujitsu's CEO has said the company missed its shipping target for 2012 because of slow demand for Windows 8 and Emmanuel Fromont, president of Acer America, called Windows 8 early sales "a slow start." Back in November, Asus' CFO David Chang said that demand for the operating system "is not that good right now."

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