Microsoft sells 40 million Windows 8 licenses in first month!

Microsoft today announced that it had sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses till-date which makes it a month since Windows 8 was launched on 26th October 2012. At the Credit Suisse 2012 Annual Technology Conference, Tami Reller, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Windows – Microsoft announced the sales figures while also indicating that within the first month, Windows 8 actually did much well when compared to its previous version, Windows 7.

Windows 8 was launched last month after much fanfare where it was termed as a re-imagination of Windows with a brand new User Interface and improved compatibility, robustness and a dozen of other new features. Windows 8 has received a proportionate amount of pats and brickbats, some rejecting it as a failure while others embracing it as a welcome change.

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

Based on the telemetry data that Microsoft collects, Reller also disclosed that more than 90% of customers use the charms like Search and Share, more than 85% launched the desktop and more than 50% visited the Windows Store on the first day itself. Customers on an average added 19 tiles in the first week, with over 25% customers adding 30 or more tiles within a few days.

The sales figures show how well Windows 8 is doing by managing to surpass expectations and comparisons with Windows 7. For the record, Microsoft had sold 60 million Windows 7 licenses in the initial two months of its release while Windows 8 has managed to cross the 40 million mark in just a month!

Another fun fact pointed out by Ed Bott from ZDNet is that, ‘In a month, Microsoft sold a quantity of Windows 8 licenses equal to more than half of the ENTIRE Mac user base’!

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  1. 1. How many Surface Tab they sold?
    2. with OEM builder Microsoft pushed the OS and the sold it, which is not customer choice.
    3. now tell me how many retail box of w8 sold?
    4. How many upgrade to w7 to w8 has done via upgrade offer.

  2. The pathetic upgrade offer even do not work on many countries.

  3. I wonder how many Windows 7 licenses they sold and/or the number of Windows 8 Pro licenses were downgraded to Windows 7. I’m sorry, after dealing with Windows 8 now for a bit and having to deal with people completely lost and hate it, I think Microsoft has another Vista on their hands and this time, it may wound them mortally since people have options. I have people who took back brand new laptops and bought iPads because they refused to learn Windows 8 and other who bought Windows 7 licenses and wiped new machines clean.

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