40 Million Windows 8 Licenses have been sold in the first month since launch
Microsoft has finally published the sales figures for it’s new Windows 8 operating system covering the first month since launch.
Windows CFO Tami Reller has broken the news at the Credit Suisse 2012 Technology Conference. “The journey is just beginning, but I am pleased to announce today that we have sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses so far,” she said.
The details were later disclosed on the company’s official blog,- “Windows 8 is outpacing Windows 7 in terms of upgrades. We built Windows 8 to work great on existing Windows 7 PCs. And we also set out to make upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8 super easy.” And by easy, they mean cheap.
Comparing to the the Windows Vista figures, which sold 20 million licenses during the same period following the product launch, these numbers give Microsoft a lot to gloat about. “While it’s very early in the product lifecycle, we are setting a foundation for Windows Vista to become the fastest-adopted version of Windows ever,” announced Bill Veghte, who worked as the company’s executive at that time.
An earlier reiteration – Windows XP broke 17 million copies sold in two months back in 2002.
During the vista days, Microsoft Watchdog web-site questioned the legitimacy of Redmond’s Vista sales figures, claiming comparisons to XP sales were used “to bolster its Vista gangbusters sales claim.” They eventually claimed that the actual sales figures were much lower than those reported.
After the initial release of Windows 7 in October 2009, Microsoft has managed to sell 90 million copies by March 2010. A follow up announcement by CFO Peter Klein during the Media & Telecom read that Windows 7 was “the fastest selling operating system in history.” Some of the critics reported to these numbers with skepticism as well. According to independent calculations, while Windows 7 did outsell Vista in the short period following its launch, overall Windows Vista generated larger sales numbers.