Photo - Danny Ong, Chief Marketing & Operations Officer, Microsoft Malaysia.
Customers in Malaysia and the Asia Pacific region are among the fastest adopters of Windows 8, according to technology solutions giant Microsoft, during its status check announcement 88 days after the launch of the new operating system's 'no-compromise computing' promise.
Danny Ong, Microsoft Malaysia's Chief Marketing & Operating Officer, said: "Traditionally, our Malaysian and Asia-Pacific customers are among the earliest adopters of new technologies," said Microsoft Malaysia chief marketing and operating officer, Danny Ong. "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 momentum we've seen so far."
"Malaysian customers are voting with their feet, buying brand-new devices from our retail and channel partners, and existing customers are also downloading Windows 8 upgrades in unprecedented numbers," said Ong. "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 31 January 2013. This current pricing represents up to a 725 percent discount on the usual cost, which will kick in from 1 February."
He said that globally, the numbers also showed strong momentum for Windows 8, which passed 60 million licences sold, as announced on 8 January. "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 released this month at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas."
Ong said that a major driver behind the adoption of 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 Malaysia, the top eight featured Windows 8 applications include: Air Asia, MalaysiaKini, MyDigi, iProperty, Resorts World Genting, Sunway Lifestyle and MYDIN," he said. "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 worldwide."
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