Microsoft has been trumpeting their 100 million licenses sold number saying this is on pace with Windows 7. However, this is VERY misleading as it doesn't tell us how many users have actually activated Windows 8, a number which is far less encouraging. There is a lot of mystery here as MS isn't releasing ANY data on actual activations (for obvious reasons) so one has to use some statistics for figure it out. Here is an article by people good with statistics who endeavor to do just that. It is an interesting read. After seeing this one can understand why Microsoft is coming out with Windows Blue so soon after releasing Windows 8. Windows 8: forget 100m licences 'sold', here's how many PCs are running it | Technology | guardian.co.uk ** If you doubt the conclusions of this article, answer this one question - WHY is MS not releasing their activation numbers? If they were outstanding wouldn't they release them? If the cops bust down your door and you tell them they can look anywhere besides this one room you have to figure the body is in that room. What's in the "activation" room MS doesn't want us to see?