Update: Infographic updated to reflect clearer data points
It has been 88 days since the launch of Windows 8. Here is an interesting Infographic from Microsoft about facts and figures of Windows 8. BTW, remember to take advantage of the offer right now (before February) to enjoy the discounted rate to upgrade to Windows 8. More information inside the Press Release.
After 88 days, Windows 8 gathers momentum in Asia-Pacific
50 new local apps being added every day, with now only 10 days left to upgrade at the special, low-cost introductory price.
Singapore – January 22, 2013 – Eighty-eight days since the global launch of Windows 8, Asian businesses and consumers are embracing the operating system’s unique promise of “no-compromise computing”. Adoption continues to build steadily across APAC, with the region now one of the fastest-growing markets in the world for Windows 8. This enthusiasm is expected to continue as the territory prepares to slither into the Year of the Snake for Chinese New Year, another key sales period.
Alvaro Celis, Vice-President of Microsoft Asia-Pacific said, “Traditionally, our Asia-Pacific customers are amongst the earliest adopters of new technologies. They are especially interested in the latest computing devices such as ultrabooks, tablet PCs and hybrids, as well as exploring new and exciting experiences like touch-based computing. I am pleased to say that the same is true for Windows 8, we are delighted with the uptake in the region so far.”
Part of the enthusiasm around the new operating system has been the strong growth in developers building for the new platform. Since the opening of the Windows Store the number of apps has quadrupled and globally Microsoft recently passed the 100 million app download mark – just two months after general availability. In Asia-Pacific, the number of locally-developed apps is currently being added to at a rate of 50 per day and the developer community itself has swelled by 82% since the October launch. In Singapore, more than 4,000 developers have been trained to develop apps for Windows 8 since launch.
Celis continued, “Our partners and our grass-roots developer community have responded very positively to Windows 8 as a platform with incredible scope and appeal to the existing audience of 1.3 billion users. This is driving the rapid growth of the ecosystem, which is both easy to develop for and highly customizable to different audiences”.
Today in Singapore the top eight Windows 8 apps developed locally are:
|Advanced English Dictionary||Free||Advanced English Dictionary is a comprehensive English dictionary app that includes more than 200,000 entries.|
|DBS||Free||Get the best of DBS Indulge and Shopper in one app with DBS for Windows 8! Celebrate great dining tastes in Singapore, 365 days a year and perk things up with special treats from DBS. Shopper assembles irresistible deals and special discounts that you can enjoy in shops all over Singapore with your DBS/POSB Credit and Debit cards.|
|MerlionWords||Free||A multilingual education application to enhance your Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Korean and Spanish word recognition, writing and pronunciation skills.|
|Parts of a Computer||Free||Find out more about what makes up a computer and what they are being utilized to work a PC.|
|SG Deal||Free||Featuring deals from top deal sites locally such as Groupon, inSing.com, Streetdeal.sg and many more, SG Deal is a MUST download application for foodies, spa lovers, fashionistas and adventurers living in Singapore.|
|SingAdventure||Free||SingAdventure is an application to facilitate travelers and commuters in Singapore. With the app, users can check for transit details in Singapore such as bus routes, bus stop locations, bus arrival time or MRT information with an interactive map showing current location. There is also information about Singapore attractions with images and reviews.|
|The Straits Times||Free||The Straits Times is one of the region’s oldest English-language daily newspapers. It is the flagship publication of the publicly-listed Singapore Press Holdings group.|
|WeGo Travel||Free||Get the best deals on hotel rooms with Wego Travel!|
On Windows 8’s future prospects, Celis said, “Not only did we have strong sales over the Christmas season, but we remain optimistic for Windows 8 in the lead-up to Chinese New Year as customers spend end-of-year bonuses and ready themselves for the commercial year ahead.
“Asian customers are voting with their feet, buying brand-new devices from our retail and channel partners, but existing customers are also downloading Windows 8 upgrades in unprecedented numbers. Many of them are taking advantage of our once-only offer to upgrade from XP, Vista and Windows 7 to Windows 8 at a significant discount which ends on the 31st January 2013.”
Globally, the numbers also show strong momentum for Windows 8 which passed 60 million licenses sold, as announced on January 8. In addition to this, the number of Windows 8 certified systems available since the end of October, has grown to a staggering 1,700 including some of the latest devices release this month at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
Mr. Celis concluded,“The number eight is lucky in Chinese culture, and it appears that at this point in time, our customers in Asia are feeling Windows 8 will indeed bring them prosperity in the year ahead! I encourage those who would like to upgrade at a substantial discount to review our upgrade offers and I wish all our customers a healthy, wealthy and happy Year of the Snake in 2013.”
Windows 8 Offers
Through the end of January, customers running PCs with Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, will be able to download Windows 8 Pro for S$49.99 via http://windows.sg. In the same period, customers who purchase eligible Windows 7 PCs in Singapore can download Windows 8 Pro for S$17.99 with the Windows Upgrade Offer available at www.windowsupgradeoffer.com.
Additionally, for consumers who wish to move to the Windows 8 Pro edition from their current Windows 8 pre-installed in their PCs, the Windows 8 Pro Pack is available at participating retailers at S$89. This offer ends 31 January 2013.
From 1 February 2013, Windows 8 upgrade editions will be priced as follow:
- The Windows 8 Pro upgrade edition will be available at retail for S$289
- The Windows 8 upgrade edition will be available at retail for S$159
- The Windows 8 Pro Pack will be available at retail for S$139
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