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Microsoft's Windows 8 downloads hit four million

It seems a few people are curious
Wed Oct 31 2012, 10:24
Fujitsu Stylistic Q702 tablet laptop hybrid running Windows 8 close up

SOFTWARE REDEVELOPER Microsoft has claimed there is strong user uptake for its Windows 8 operating system.

The company said that in its first few days on the market, its latest version of Windows has been installed by some four million users.

Speaking at the company's Build developer conference, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that the firm has seen strong interest from early adopters who have been offered the £25 download price.

The news comes despite early doubts cast on the operating system by a consumer survey. The study suggested that as many as half of all end users have not yet heard of Microsoft's latest offering.

The release of Windows 8 is part of a three-pronged approach by Microsoft to overhaul and update its mobile and desktop operating systems.

In announcing its Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system earlier this week, the company described a connected environment in which users can access and transfer content across the Xbox, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 environments as well as cloud storage and collaboration systems.

Ballmer said that the company will use the interoperability and connectivity advantages offered by the strategy to differentiate its mobile and desktop products from those of it competitors.

"Windows 8 PCs really are the best PCs ever," Ballmer claimed to reporters at the Windows 8 launch event.

"People love how we bring together the best of both worlds." µ


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