The 2013 edition of the Intel Developer Forum is in full flow at San Francisco. The spring event was held in Beijing early this year, and San Francisco is the host of the fall gathering taking place from September 10 to September 12.
Microsoft took to the stage at the event to talk about its operating systems.
And the company confirmed that Windows 8 has not started to gain accelerating momentum, ahead of the Windows 8.1 launch set to take place in October.
Specific details have not been provided, but the software titan did reveal that the number of activations is growing — a clear indication that more and more people are making the move to the newest version of Windows.
Brandon LeBlanc of Microsoft talked about this in a blog post, saying:
“As we ramp up toward general availability of Windows 8.1, we’re seeing accelerating momentum with Windows 8. Windows 8 PCs were in demand for back to school and we saw a bump in activations (or new PCs coming online) and Net Apps data released earlier this month confirmed this bump between July and August.”
In fact, the activations that the company recorded last month were the highest Microsoft recorded since launch of its new platform, which is quite a feat:
“Our August activations were the highest for Windows 8 so far! And remember, consumers will be able to update their Windows 8 devices to Windows 8.1 for free through the Windows Store.”
The newest data from Net Applications also seems to lend credence to Redmond’s claims. Windows 8, according to the research firm, is now powering 7.41 percent of the computers worldwide.