Windows 8 does better than expected

While the world and its dog does seem to be writing Windows 8 off with the same gusto that it did with Vista, it appears to be a fallacy.

Despite the fact that Microsoft did score an own goal by insisting on using tiles, the software is selling about as well as Windows 7.

According to figures released by Microsoft, it has has sold 100 million Windows 8 licenses in the six months since launch, roughly in line with the previous version.

These figures are more likely to be correct than Redmond’s earlier statements because pre-orders are now real orders and much of the software to channel partners has appeared in products.

Windows 8 is the first Microsoft operating system primarily designed for touch commands, but it has failed to capture consumers’ imaginations.

While Windows 8 has matched Windows 7 sales three years previously, it looks unlikely that the new system will see progressively rising demand, as Windows 7 did.

But Windows 7 was helped by the fact that it replaced the generally unpopular Windows Vista so it does not seem that things have gone that badly for Redmond, considering.