More computers are running Windows 8 than OS X Mountain Lion already
Even as a beta Microsoft’s newly RTM’d operating system is being used more widely than Apple’s latest OS. In a post today Microsoft noted that the Windows 8 previews have been run on over 16 million PCs. That’s pretty impressive for a beta operating system. Meanwhile Mountain Lion (which was only $20) set its own record with Apple boasting 3million downloads in 4 days since it was released on July 25, “making it [their] most successful release ever” . Let’s just do the math though and assume that Mountain Lion continued that record setting trend – it would be at around 6 million downloads as of today, best case scenario. That doesn’t even best the number of users of the current Release Preview of Windows 8 which Microsoft states is over 7 million computers.
When you consider that a beta is besting Apple’s best and already being more widely used it really makes you think about the user base of OS X and how it compares to Windows.
Even though I personally think this is a horrible article, it brings up a really interesting thought for me. If Apple is the worlds best selling computer company (they are), how much money does Apple make on each computer (be it a mac or an iPad) vs Microsoft selling a windows license to an OEM or an upgrade to a consumer? I’m willing to bet it’s quite a bit more. Raw numbers aren’t everything, and Apple’s market share is ever increasing. I’m pretty sure that Microsoft’s entire business model makes less money than Apple’s phone, I imagine their computers and OS are a bit more profitable as well. Just to what degree?
Makes sense to me that MSFT is trying out some AAPL approaches these days.