Windows 8 has sold 40 million licenses

Finally we get a figure, and it's a good one for Microsoft
Darren Allan

November 28, 2012
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We have some proper sales figures for Windows 8 from Microsoft, and the news is that the OS has shifted some 40 million licenses in its first month.

Tami Reller, one half of the duo now in charge of Windows following Steven Sinofsky’s recent departure, announced the figure at the Credit Suisse 2012 Annual Technology Conference.

Reller said: “The journey is just beginning, but I am pleased to announce today that we have sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses so far.”

That’s quite an impressive figure, and indeed Microsoft notes that Windows 8 is actually outpacing Windows 7 in terms of the volume of upgrades in its debut month.

Reller also noted that the number of apps in the Windows Store has doubled in the first month (estimations we’ve seen put the global total of apps at 20,000, though the UK store has around 12,000 sitting on its virtual shelves). That’s still a long way behind Apple and Google’s app numbers, obviously, but this is still early days.

This is certainly positive news for the new operating system and it flies in the face of what many pundits, ourselves included, have been speculating. Although much of our negativity stemmed from the fact that Microsoft hadn’t said anything thus far, save for a vague first weekend estimation.

Perhaps Windows 8’s cheap upgrade price is doing the trick, and helping to ensure punters are taking the leap into a very different looking OS (though there is still the traditional desktop mode underneath).


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