Brandon LeBlanc, Microsoft:
As we pass the one month anniversary of the general availability
of Windows 8, we are pleased to announce that to-date Microsoft
has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses. Tami Reller shared this
news with industry and financial analysts, investors and media
today at the Credit Suisse 2012 Annual Technology Conference.
Windows 8 is outpacing Windows 7 in terms of upgrades.
That’s a huge number, so it’s not all bad news for Microsoft. But as Paul Thurrott points out, Windows is so successful that it usually sells around 20 million licenses per month:
First, I’m surprised no one else has questioned why
launch-month license sales of Windows 8 weren’t higher than 40
million units. That figure is double the normal sales rate for
Windows — remember, Windows 7 sold about 20 million licenses a
month for three years straight — but, looked at another way,
it’s only double the normal sales rate of Windows. How is it
not more than double?
★ Friday, 30 November 2012