Windows 8 sells 40 million

Microsoft reveals life-to-date license sales for new operating system; number of licenses sold outpacing Windows 7.

Microsoft has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses since the new operating system launched on October 26. Tami Reller, who took over as head of Windows following the departure of Steven Sinofsky, revealed the news during a presentation during the Credit Suisse 2012 Annual Technology Conference yesterday.

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

Microsoft did not divulge how those license sales were broken down, but did say Windows 8 is outpacing Windows 7 in terms of number of upgrades over the same period of time.

This news follows a report from last week in which a "trusted source" at Microsoft said sales of Windows 8 are "well below Microsoft's internal projections" and have even been spoken of as "disappointing."

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marvelx3
marvelx3

if it can play all my shooters.... i'll take it

Klikandclick
Klikandclick

Just turn that Metro crap off and you're left with what's pretty much a better Windows 7.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Well this article surprised me! :|

 

Be sure as hell interesting to see the sales breakdown though?

msfan1289
msfan1289

my sister just bought a laptop with win-8, right off the bat, if you just messed around with it real quick you will hate it to the core, but after doing a few google searches on "how to" ( yeah have to look it up) you can get your way around the OS, and you can turn off the metro so thats ok, really its a new OS that you just have to learn, for normal casual users yeah its meant for them for PC guys, just have to learn the ins and outs of it. in end its not that bad of a OS.

Xyekenvort
Xyekenvort

My laptop still has Windows 7, buy my moms just recently got Windows 8 installed. I always get excited for new Windows, but for this one I wasn't expecting much...until I eventually tried it, that is!

 

This windows is amazingly fast. My moms laptop is a piece of s*** compared to mine, yet windows 8 made her laptop ALOT faster than mine booting and shutting down. It's astonishing to me how fast this new OS is, Microsoft did an amazing job with this one.

 

The new UI can be a pain at first, but once you get used to it you'll realize it's quicker and more convenient. I think that's the reason why its selling so much, because it's alot easier to learn for people who don't know much about computers (like my mom).

 

I can only imagine how fast mine will be with Windows 8 =O

dogpigfish
dogpigfish

Should have jumped on the $50 Black Friday special, what percentage did this make up of total licenses?

nickyparmar92
nickyparmar92

How many of those sales are towards companys and businessess and not towards the average consumer is what I want to know. They could have sold many to the corporate companys and businessess, but that does not matter when the average consumer is not buying the product, consumer out weights the corporate market. 

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Vista sold better than most people realized too. I happen to love Windows 7 and have no reason to upgrade anytime soon.

Sp3ncerK
Sp3ncerK

Compared to windows 7 , windows 8 is not very good. it keeps giving weird errors and slows down the internet for no reason... then some games don't work very well on this...

I'm gonna stick to win 7 at least for another year....theres really no reason to uninstall it ..., yet.

bicelis
bicelis

A laptop or a desktop is a serious machine meant for doing various tasks quickly, working, playing a real game. Why would they force a touch-pad-like OS on everybody? The whole world is not made up of young people with rich parents who just need to open FB, twitter, skype and PDF files... And that part of the world has the tablets and the all the macs. 

 

Tablets and desktops will never be equal in terms of work or play. You're more immersed sitting in front of a stationary object in a comfortable chair and that helps whether you're working or playing a game. Everything you do with a regular tablet is casual by default - you're on the move, the screen is not stable, small and speed of performing tasks with touch is massively slower. It's by design meant for casual operations: chatting, googling something, playing Angry Birds or opening a PDF at best. So why why why would they force this casual nature on machines that are meant for immersible work and play?..

 

They could at least have made a go back to 'I've got no time for this shit' mode option. Nope... You have to get 3rd party applications for that?..

duron2
duron2

I just got Windows 7 a few days ago, made the jump from XP. Never gonna get Windows 8. Bring on 9.

farcorners
farcorners

There is life in Microsoft, yet. I would hate to see Android and Pad technology take over fully, but this is an increasingly dumbed down world that we live in.

steelmouth
steelmouth

how is 40mil dissappointing to me 40mil sound pretty awesome

okassar
okassar

Windows 8 is forcing the computer hardware industry to put touch screens onto everything. They're a cheap addition anyway. Microsoft is taking big risks again and that's far from a negative in my book. 

sandrin
sandrin

People need to stop whining about the metro UI, it is 1000000% optional. If you dont have a touchscreen you dont use it, plain and simple. Also, if you use the OS for more than a day you would realize that the new start menu is significantly faster at finding and opening programs. There are also many little shortcuts such as right clicking on the start menu button which brings up a ton of stuff. 

 

hotboydan
hotboydan

They should have called Windows Touch and developed it separately to windows 8. Windows 8 should have been a true successor to 7.

StarSfrife
StarSfrife

I really don't see why you wouldn't upgrade to Windows 8. I guess you could stick with Windows 7 for a while, but it's only like $15 to upgrade. Plus the whole OS is just faster and more efficient.... there's no real reason not to upgrade.

SangheliZealotX
SangheliZealotX

That's microsoft quality for you. If sony made this it would probably sell as poorly as the vita and ps all stars.

Alkpaz
Alkpaz

Guys, PC gamers are a minority. Most "normal" people are not into games, and if they do play them, they play on a console or some indie game like Angry Birds. It doesn't suprise me that Windows 8 sells well.

TronX
TronX

I have been hearing the same crying since MS brought out DOS 2.0, after 20 years of being a Systems Analyst designing and implementing business networks I can tell you Windows 8 is a good OS and anyone crying about it are those that like to whine about everything in general to make themselves feel better. Some people just have a hard time adapting to change initially.       

Zloth2
Zloth2

The whole thing looks ghastly to me, too, but friends of mine who have been using it for several weeks seem to like it.  I guess it's possible to configure that desktop in such a way that it is actually a good thing.

 

Personally, I'm in no rush.  Even if the interface was exactly the same as Win7, the new features just aren't worth the price to me.

Rattlesnake_8
Rattlesnake_8

Why is anyone buying an OS designed for phones and tablets? Making people pay for basic navigation features like the start bar should be more than enough to turn people away from this horrible OS.

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

I've already used windows 8 and I don't care if it's faster, The interface is complete crap.

dogpigfish
dogpigfish

@okassar 40 million doesn't sound like a huge risk to me.

LucasArts-
LucasArts-

@okassar

touch screens are important no mater MS r forcing the companies or not as u assume

 

Win 8 is a good jump for new generations of laptops it's faster in almost everything like V games , 3D designing softwares and booting 

 

It is  lighter 

 

msfan1289
msfan1289

 @StarSfrife umm no it snot $15 to upgrade to 8 for the people who have windows 7 for a while, you can only upgrade for $15 if you buy a new computer.

division_9
division_9

 @StarSfrife 

Really?

 

I can't actually find a reason why I should upgrade to Windows 8. I don't get that $15 upgrade option since my Windows 7 copy is old(but I wouldn't take it anyways). I've got to then get used to the Metro UI which isn't going to help me whatsoever whilst giving me plenty of rage. Videogames run a little worse on Windows 8 since drivers are still immature. The 5 second boot time bonus only saves me 5 seconds a day because I leave my computer on.

 

I don't doubt the OS is faster and more efficient, but Windows 7 already does everything I want.

dogpigfish
dogpigfish

@SangheliZealotX I agree, according to e3 I should be able to remote play portal 2 by now, but of course they never delivered. I guess we'll have to wait until the next hired annual CEO makes a decision.

StarSfrife
StarSfrife

 @Alkpaz Steam just reported that an average of 6 million users log into Steam per day. PC gaming is statistically bigger than all the consoles combined. Diablo III just broke the 10 million mark. Not only that, but PC gaming is also the fastest growing sector of the game industry; even outpacing the growth of mobile games. This might not necessarily translate to immediate sales of Windows 8, but PC gamers are hardly the minority. 

bicelis
bicelis

 @TronX How can the whole Metro thing be good for business when efficiency is everything? The casual nature of the OS seems to object the complex and professional nature of business. 

I'm honestly asking here, not trolling, because I want to know. I really really want to understand how can that help.

StarSfrife
StarSfrife

 @Zloth2 I believe you can upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 for like $15. Windows 8 is also way faster and just generally more efficient than Windows 7, so I don't see any reason not to upgrade. So far I really like Windows 8, although it's not a huge change from Windows 7.

Zloth2
Zloth2

 @Rattlesnake_8

 1.  They bought a new PC and it came pre-installed.

 

2.  They have a license deal with Microsoft so they get the OS for free.  Even if they don't ever install it, they still "bought" it.  ('They' are probably a company in this case.)

 

3.  They were still on XP and needed to upgrade.  Might as well upgrade to the latest and (normally) greatest.

 

This is why Microsoft not telling us the breakdown of who bought what is pretty suspicious.  We'll have to wait longer to find out how many people actually went to a store and bought Windows 8 to upgrade with.

alayer
alayer

 @steelmouth  @StarSfrife Like me. :P Can't wait to get rid of XP though. I find Win7 far superior.Unless I'm playing games like Diablo 2 and Neverwinter Nights and stuff.

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

 @bubba_1988  @SangheliZealotX 

Yes, because Microsoft has NEVER released an operating system that they deliberately knew had a glaring security hole in it. Oh wait... I know it pains some to hear that Microsoft aren't the "swell guys" you think they are, but they will step over your dead body to make a buck. 

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

 @StarSfrife  @Alkpaz 

It's easy to have six million users when you FORCE people to install your store front. Last time I checked, the Supreme Court said it was illegal to bundle a third piece of unrelated software, and compel people to use it. But "gamers" are too busy buying ten year old games for two bucks to care. 

msfan1289
msfan1289

 @StarSfrife  @Zloth2 "I believe you can upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 for like $15"

 

no you cant, only if you buy a new computer.

96augment
96augment

 @CaptainHerlock   So, you're not a real gamer if you play ten year old games like Half Life 2 or Diablo? 

noobypwner12
noobypwner12

 @CaptainHerlock  @StarSfrife  @Alkpaz Hahahaahh CaptainHerlock your hatred for what appears to be anything computer related (or at least for Steam and Microsoft) makes me laugh. Did Microsoft and Steam make you squeal like a pig on that last canoe trip you went on?