While the world and its dog does seem to be writing Windows 8 off with the same gusto that it did with Vista, it appears to be a fallacy.
According to figures released by Microsoft, it has has sold 100 million Windows 8 licenses in the six months since launch, roughly in line with the previous version.
These figures are more likely to be correct than Redmond's earlier statements because pre-orders are now real orders and much of the software to channel partners has appeared in products.
Windows 8 is the first Microsoft operating system primarily designed for touch commands, but it has failed to capture consumers' imaginations.
While Windows 8 has matched Windows 7 sales three years previously, it looks unlikely that the new system will see progressively rising demand, as Windows 7 did.
But Windows 7 was helped by the fact that it replaced the generally unpopular Windows Vista so it does not seem that things have gone that badly for Redmond, considering.