Microsoft OS business continues its dream run. It’s newly introduced Windows 8 developer preview has registered 3 million downloads in last three months. Introduced in September 2011, Windows 8 developer preview has resulted as one of the most successful OS after Windows 7. Its previous version Windows 7- has already boomed the OS market with 450 million licenses sold till October. Microsoft is expected to launch Windows 8 beta versions for people by February 2012, followed by official launch as compete product by the end of 2012.
However, some of the features of Windows 8 are leaked in the internet market which has created interest in the mind of users.
One of the interesting facts, revealed by Windows Web Services – VP Antoine Leblond, is that there are more than 1.25 billion PCs all across the world and is expected to add more 400 million new x86 PCs in next 12 months. He has also enlightened company’s marketing stats which states that Microsoft has shipped more than 500 million of PCs since the introduction of Windows 7 in market. Interestingly, 247 million of Android devices, 152 million iOS and 30 million Macs have been shipped during the same period. When we compare such stats, none of the OS stands near to Windows 7 shipment.
“The reach of Windows is just so much bigger”. “That’s what you get to participate in by developing Metro-style Windows apps,” as said by Antoine Leblond, VP, Windows Web Services.
Microsoft previously revealed that it had recorded 500,000 downloads of Windows 8 developer preview version within 24 hours of launch. It’s interesting to know that the new version of Windows 8 will have some additional features which will help in fixing the corrupted files automatically. Also, users can craft and reorganize the Start Screen groups as well as can navigate to windows 8 Apps in an improved way.
Personally, I think that the new version of Windows has some features which are really attractive and useful. But, introducing Windows 8 so early is a bit confusing step since it’s current version – Windows 7 – is being appreciated by users and still a significant share of users are still hanging around with Microsoft’s best desktop OS till date – Windows XP. It is one of the most successful OSs in Windows history.
Microsoft has also revealed that in Windows 8 public beta version will have group applications for the convenience of the users. It will have Windows media center along with Windows games, DVD creator as well as .Net 3.5. These all features will definitely help Windows 8 to justify its presence among users.