Windows 8 sells 60 million licenses

Microsoft announces new life-to-date sales milestone for latest operating system, says it is seeing a "similar sales trajectory" to Windows 7.

Windows 8 has crossed a new milestone. Windows chief marketing officer and chief financial officer Tami Reller has announced that Windows 8 has sold 60 million licenses to date. She broke the news during the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show and Microsoft provided greater detail in a blog post to its website.

According to Microsoft, the 60 million Windows 8 license sales represents cumulative sales of upgrades and sales to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for new devices. Notably, the company said Windows 8 is seeing a "similar sales trajectory" to Windows 7.

Windows 8 launched in October 2012 and sold 40 million licenses during its first month. According to Microsoft, there are now more than 1,700 certified systems for Windows 8 and Windows RT. In addition, the company said users have downloaded more than 100 million apps.

Peripheral maker Razer just this week confirmed release plans for its new Edge Windows 8 tablet. A base model starts at $1,000, with a Pro version beginning at $1,300.

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Jason210
Jason210

Most of these figures are for sales to OEM manufacturers who probably already signed the deal to buy Windows 8 before they knew anything about it. Then  you have companies buying W8 license inventories. Microsoft can sell millions of licenses like this without farting, because they are Microsoft.

Now we are down to people buying new laptops which come with Windows 8 licenses, many of whom will have downgraded it to Windows 7 (yes, you can do that). And finally, of all those who have bought Windows 8 for their PC and kept it, how many are "luvvin it" really? Most have reservations, and probably only about half (or less) think it's wonderful. But I bet by now we're down to 10 million if that. Of course, in February the Surface Pro comes into play so that will keep the numbers running. Success will depend much on that device, in my opinion.

But just in case anyone has forgotten, a solemn reminder. Windows 8 is the first step towards a closed OS platform. It's been changed architectually to deprecate the desktop, and to try and force users to use the tiles and therefore the  Microsoft cloud services available in the App Store. Ok, we can still use the desktop now but what about the next version? Windows 9 or Windows 10? If you value the freedom to develop, and to install what you want on your PC, without being answerable to a large, greedy corporation who only want to take your money, then it's time to protest now!!

towely62
towely62

selling well but I've heard they have gaming issues. until those are fixed i'll stick to 7

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

I've had it since launch day (originally just to test it out) but now i actually like it a lot. I don't even use windows 7 anymore, since win8 is just overall faster.  There is a learning curve to finding some of the panels you sometimes use, but having all my settings sync between my desktop and laptop so the OS looks the same is pretty slick. All my games work perfectly on it too.

venomnight
venomnight

Windows 7 and Windows 8 will probally always be around. I don't think MS will dump support for 7 for a while. Hope not I'm buliding 2 gaming PC for me and my son using Windows 7 on both.

AlexFili
AlexFili

Windows 8 does have a purpose. Obviously it's not ideal for power users... but for novices it's a good first OS.

toddx77
toddx77

When I was at best buy last week I used windows 8 quickly and it wasn't too bad.  I didn't fully get it but nothing I couldn't learn given time plus I saw how it also has a windows 7 desk top minus the star menu.  My friend who is also an avid PC gamer like has a windows 8 lap top and says there i nothing wrong with it but without a touch screen it is a pain.  I still don't like how Microsoft made windows 8 closed though.  

nurnberg
nurnberg

I am proudly NOT one of these 60 millions.

junglist101
junglist101

Leave the touching of screens to tabs and phones please.  Thanks.

steelmouth
steelmouth

i see bill gets richer and richer by the day

Vastano
Vastano

I recently purchased a laptop (not touch screen) for Uni which has Win8. I was very skeptical about it at first, but it's actually not bad. That said, I don't plan on upgrading my desktop from 7 to 8.

And to those who are skeptical about The Metro interface, it just replaces the Start menu really. The standard Win7 desktop is still there.

stailcookie
stailcookie

60 million sold, 50 million yet to be used because manufacturers bought cheap in bulk during a fire sale for the systems that they will build over the next 3+years.

jayjay444
jayjay444

I still use my Windows 7 and see no reason to change for the simple fact i don't have a touchscreen PC. However a friend of mine has a touch screen pc with windows 8 and iv'e seen how it works and all the new stuff u can do with it, and I have to say i'm impressed but imo it looks like u really do need a touchscreen PC to use it to it's full potential. But it dose look better and it runs better as well so I don't see why people give win 8 such harsh criticism unless i'm missing the point but imo it looks pretty good. 

tgwolf
tgwolf

Don't forget to note in these figures that all of this is due to the fact that so many homes have multiple computers...ALL needing separate licensed copies of this operating system...

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Windows 8 is a really good OS as long as you're using it with a touchscreen. The endless complaints about the Start screen are coming from people who are just using mouse + keyboard; the touchscreen makes the Start screen and apps seem perfectly natural and useable.

Though a problem is that, if Windows 8 doesn't find any success on tablets, it'll have no reason to exist on desktops in its current form.

jedediahpelland
jedediahpelland

That's because you can get Windows 8 Pro for $40 until the 31st of this month from the Microsoft website. And don't be fooled it may say its an "upgrade" version, but it is in fact a full blown version. I know this because I got it. After it downloads it gives you an option to install via media. It then creates an ISO which you can burn to disc. I did this and used the disc to do a clean install on 2 home PCs and my laptop with no problems at all. Of course I did have to purchase 2 more licence keys to activate the other 2. So essentially I have 3 legal copies at $40 each and a ISO to do a clean install anytime I want. If you ask me that's a screamin deal. Also a note to add if you want the 64 bit version make sure you run the Windows 8 download assistant from a PC with 64 bit windows installed, because it doesn't give you a choice it just scans what your currently running and gives you the appropriate download.

i-like-me
i-like-me

Surely it should be outselling windows 7 because of the tablet market that didn't exist when windows 7 was released.

SolidTy
SolidTy

Staying with Win7 until I see a game I want that is Win8 only... aka, not for a few years.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

I got 8 on my computer.  Install Classic Shell and it puts the Start Button back where it was and automatically skips the Start Screen going right to the desktop.  Making it work like a much faster more efficient Windows 7.  No complaints from me.


Anyone who has complaints about this over windows 7 is an idiot.  It took me two minutes to fix the only problem I saw.  Now it works exactly as I want it to.

LtReviews
LtReviews

I have a windows 8 computer- and it runs very well. Though it is a touch screen, and I can't imagine that it would be very usefull on computers that don't have touch-screens- it would be too cumbersome.


LesserAngel
LesserAngel

Frankly, I simply do not like the new UI in windows 8, I cannot stand it.

anticusho1984
anticusho1984

@towely62 I've been using it since it launched, I'm a hardcore gamer and haven't had any issue with my games, even mods and software mods have worked like great for me

Jason210
Jason210

Windows 8 is probably ok on a tablet, although I am still curious to see how a tiny tablet with minimal verntilation and questionable battery life copes when running an intensive desktop application.

Also, at $999 + $120 for keyboard, they have to be rich novice...

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

@AlexFili Its a perfect power user OS, not sure where you got the idea that its for noobs...

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

@toddx77 FYI, Windows 8 is not a closed OS.  You can still install any software that worked on Windows 7 and it'll work just fine on Windows 8.  What Windows 8 does have now is an App Store, similar to what you find on smartphones.  However, the app store apps and 'regular' software both work just fine, and they work separately.  

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

@steelmouth I suppose Bill does, if you are referring to Bill Gates.  He does have a lot of investments and still runs the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. But I don't know why you'd bring him up on the topic of Windows 8 and Microsoft, considering he hasn't worked for Microsoft since 2006.

andrew_ribbons
andrew_ribbons

@stailcookie That is not how licences are sold to OEMs.  I should know.  I work for a company that licences to OEMs.

flamingboard
flamingboard

@jayjay444 The point is that your desktop computer is not a tablet. If I want a tablet interface (which is only useful for web browsing and casual gaming) I'll use a damn tablet.

soulless4now
soulless4now

@tgwolf That I didn't know, but since it's Micro$oft, I'm not surprised they would do that either. 

I won't be upgrading anyway. I'll stick with 7. 

jayjay444
jayjay444

@tgwolf yeah I don't like that part of win 8 I remember buying windows xp and putting it on 3 computers if i remember correctly. 

jedediahpelland
jedediahpelland

@Spartan_418 I hardly even use the start screen, you really don't need to. I just uninstalled most the apps running on it and mostly use the desktop. I have 8 pro and it runs much smoother and faster than 7 and Ive yet to have any issues with games or programs.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@SolidTy That game will probably be compatible with Windows 9 when it releases, about 3 years from now if they take as long as it took to go from Win7 to Win8. Although no one knows if Windows 9 will be any better than Windows 8.

groberts116
groberts116

@Jedilink109 Now for under $200 buy a second monitor and you will experience a huge improvement of your gaming. You won't regret it.

spammehardo
spammehardo

@Jedilink109 Except you're forgetting about all of us who work on computers and are not allowed to modify them. We will still have to deal this BS for many years.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

@LesserAngel Windows button = desktop mode. All problems solved!

Jason210
Jason210

Not yet. But it's a step in that direction. That's why people are protesting. The desktop has been deprecated.

toddx77
toddx77

@LandsharkkSo only the app store is closed but windows 8 itself is open like windows 7?

Jason210
Jason210

Except he is the chairman.

groberts116
groberts116

@flamingboard @jayjay444 What people who haven't spent time using Windows 8 are missing is that it works as well with a keyboard and mouse as Windows 7. Windows 8 has a lot of new feature, most notably it's improved ability to manage multiple monitors. With the price of a 21 inch monitor under $200, I highly recommend buying a second or even a third monitor. While the upgrade from Windows 7 is very easy, its best to choose the complete replacement option. While there will s still time buy an extra drive and for $39 set up a dual boot; I promise after a couple of weeks you will be happy you did.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

@soulless4now @tgwolf Lol, you had to buy a separate copy of Windows 7 for all of those PC's too, there's no difference with Windows 8!

flamingboard
flamingboard

@jayjay444 I run on the logic that I bought it and if it won't let me install it again I just download a copy. It's not stealing if I already bought it, right? Not in the bullshit world of software licensing but I don't give a damn.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

@groberts116 Haha, I need to get a new computer at some point. Mine's a few years old and it's getting full. Plus, I need more power! *clenches fist*

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

@toddx77 @Landsharkk That would be a better way to put it, yeah.

Basically if you want to create an app for the Windows 8 App Store you need to submit that app to Microsoft first before it'll show up (so that'd be the 'closed' portion of Windows 8).  However, if you don't want to use the App Store to sell/distribute your software than you can just use it like any other software out there, install anytime and don't have to worry about sending it through Microsoft.


The advantage of the App Store for developers is the marketing and statistical info (for stuff like how many sold, who'd buying it, etc, etc), plus it's very simple to update/patch your software if you have it hosted through the app store.

Jason210
Jason210

For now - but what about Windows 9? Will there still be a desktop? Probably, but if it's already a second-class citizen now...

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

@JSusie @spammehardo @Jedilink109 Hitting a single button is hard you guys.

Bangerman15
Bangerman15

@JSusie @spammehardo @Jedilink109 lol i know right! people are a little dramatic when it comes to windows 8, it doesn't even take 5 seconds.. you can simply press the windows key on your keyboard and get taken to the desktop