It has been just over a month since Microsoft released its new version of the Windows operating system, Windows 8, which after being met with somewhat lukewarm reviews has been somewhat of a disappointment to many. Analyst Rick Sherlund of financial company Nomura attributed this partially to the fact that computer vendors have not been releasing many new Windows 8 devices to the market, consequently driving consumers away from the new OS. Sherlund also noted that demand for Microsoft's new OS has been much lower than initial estimates. These two factors contributed to Nomura reducing predictions of Microsoft's per-share increase to drop to eight and a half percent for 2013.
On the contrary, Tami Reller, chief marketing and finance officer for Windows claimed the company had sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses since the 26th of last month, which would appear to contradict previous reports by Paul Thurott on his Supersite for Windows. Despite its critical reception, many users have upgraded their systems to Windows 8 and prefer it to previous versions of Windows, indicating that Windows 8 may be an example of the love it or hate it situation that often occurs with new software releases.