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Microsoft: We've sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses to date

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No wonder they have so many haters.

A cool $1.6bn in a mo from software OS upgrade.

Which "hacker" would not want that business?

Seems like a business ripe for disruption.

iPhones, iPads, Macs, Chromebooks, and Android devices all want a piece of that.

It's going to get increasingly difficult for Microsoft to compete with free.

OS X does not give away new OS for free, no? 

Microsoft will continue to be a hybrid of Google, Apple, Oracle, and Amazon, I think, with some Facebook thrown in the mix there.  

Not sure they are bold enough to focus on *just* a few areas (e.g. Mac, iPhone, iPad, MacBook, MacBook Air) a la Apple. 

They've already *lost* on mobile; can they make it up? I don't think so. But perhaps on tablet it's not too late to leapfrog their way to the front of the "laptop/tablet" ultra book market, securing their future. 

They can, like Apple, sell Office piecemeal via their own windows 8 store. 

And continue to innovate on future tech. No sense why they can't be dominant moving forward.

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