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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. 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.
From Tami’s presentation:
“The journey is just beginning, but I am pleased to announce today that we have sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses so far.”
“The journey is just beginning, but I am pleased to announce today that we have sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses so far.”
The launch of Windows 8 at the end of October also saw the grand opening of the Windows Store. There were more apps in the Windows Store at launch than any other app store at their launch and since then, the number of apps in the Windows Store has doubled. A number of apps in the Windows Store have crossed the $25,000 revenue mark and the developer keeps 80% of the revenue they make off downloads for the life of their app. A lot of great new apps have been added to the Windows Store since launch such as CBS, ABC News, ABC Family, Engadget, Flixster, OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network), Vimeo and my (current) personal favorite - Top Gear.
This is exciting. Let's now get some metrics on actual Windows Phone 8 devices in people's hands. The ad campaign has been fantastic and now there still needs to be a push given to Sprint to get on board. ;)
We love Windows 8. Microsoft is the future. Cheers.
Wow, that is fantastic news! To all the critics of change and progress, keep this in mind... every launch of Windows brings about some change in the UI that people initially resist. They quickly move past that fear and doubt once they use it, and they always wonder how they worked without it. Windows 8 is no different.
Think of Windows 8 and Windows RT this way-- Windows 8 is the cake that you can eat too. You get all that rich history of Windows compatibility and functionality. Windows RT is like a Funfetti cupcake, and you still get to eat it, but as its name implies, it's intended for fun first... but every once in a while you can sneak some fun into work. The benefit of Windows RT, is that sacrificing backwards compatibility means you also sacrifice the malware security risks of yesterday's Windows on the alter of deprecated code, and as the Windows Store matures, things will mature into a more robust productivity environment that the competition can't match.
I admit the Kool-Aid tastes pretty good, but in all reality, I'm at a point as a professional IT guy that I want find common ground between the fun of personal life and seriousness of work life in my technology, and Windows 8 is the first platform that lets me really do that without compromising what I know and simplicity.
(And I'll be honest-- I *really* want to see Apple fade into obscurity again.)
Great news! Now windows 8 users should hold developers to the fire for being completely out of touch with reality and largely ignoring the platform. I'm looking at you facebook, twitter, Mint et all.
Meh... at least you can pin everything you use to the start menu otherwise I probably could not stand to use a full screen start menu. The core OS underneath seems great but I'm not the biggest fan of the GUI. I'd go and use an after market app to enable windows 7 start menu but I don't want to run into issues later after a windows update.
oops, I meant 'task bar', not 'start menu'.
Excellent! Happy to be part of this. Please don't stop now... I see so much potential with this release of Windows 8, the surface and the WP8.
I am happy to be part of this. I bought 4 copies and two Surface RTs. Now if Microsoft releases the numbers for Surface RT, I could shut the mouths of crazy fruitbois, and droids at ZDNet.
Congratulations! I have one of that licences and I love it!
Sounds like good news, though I have to say I don't have Windows 8 or a Surface tablet (though would like one). It doesn't seem like the number of licenses bought are being downgraded as much as the bought Vista that were downgraded to XP.
Great News however is it still receiving a lot of criticism in the market.
Congrats MSFT, you have done something others would never do. And that's taking a risk. I respect you for doing that and i sure am loving your new-found creativity and innovation. I hope to see much more from you in the future.
Love you always.
good luck! :)
Congratulations! Fantastic news. Simply love the OS.
it`s mostly because of affordable price. Now, finally it`s easier to buy than pirate. Well done MS.
Windows 8 looks highly professional in New generation UI design. More over the space mapping or Space Exploration application adds new dimension to the world of software.
Sir please allow master debit card for upgradation to windows 8 because credit card not available with more peoples of india. This step will increase the number of upgradation in india. Please consider my sugession.
"Wow, that is fantastic news! To all the critics of change and progress, keep this in mind... every launch of Windows brings about some change in the UI that people initially resist. They quickly move past that fear and doubt once they use it, and they always wonder how they worked without it. Windows 8 is no different."
Before you get too caught up in the greatness of Windows 8, the Computing New World Order and the victory of the new paradigm consider one user's experience;
As a Windows 7 fan I purchased a W8 upgrade for my Mac Pro and a fresh licence for my MacBook Pro. Each machine has a couple of issues that are probably Apple related. The MP install loses it's keyboard (attached and on-screen) and the MBP runs a little too hot so I'm still using W7 most of the time. Come on Windows 8 Bootcamp.
Neverless I really like Windows 8. Here is the rub for those Metro fans seeking both vindication and victory. Metro, and it will always be called that thanks to Mr. Ballmer, is really bad. Metro looks terrible on a 24in display and only OK on a 15 incher. The Metro apps that one would want to use in an iPad or Mac way suck so bad as to be useless.
Lack of real function seems to be their common attribute. Like 'People Magazine" big pictures and not much information seem to be the rule of the day. To think that the Metro experience will be anything like the iOS experience is just smoking the best stuff available way too much.
That said I prefer the look of the W8 desktop over W7. Once I got rid of Windows' blue on blue on blue color scheme and installed Stardock's Start8 all is well. The various tweeks and changes to Windows really make for a better behaved, better looking Windows. Windows 7 Geekbench and Cinebench scores always beat Mac's on the same machines. Windows 8 scores are even better.
I'm totally happy using Windows 8. The only thing that could please me more is if Microsoft came to its senses and restored the original desktop start button or orb or whatever and allowed a boot to desktop.
That's an awesome news..
Congratulations !! Win 8 is really wonderful and fantastic,.. Microsoft should add more apps to Windows Store... and Thank you MICROSOFT.
Got myself the Windows 8 PRO .. when it was released for the first few days. Thumbs Up Windows ! ..
I'm the one in those 40M! Love you Windows 8! ;)
Great news. I'm of 40M
that is really great , now put the device on the market we have all been waiting for
here is some help, before it is to late
and make that super duber phone and tablet
and you will win
Windows need to move foreward with this ,, and remove the desktop on tablets
so we only have the desktop on normal computers, notebooks , ultrabooks
and you are on the right path,, wicth you have shood have done from the start
a little tip here
release the windows store for windows 7 , and get all the benefits of current users
this will allso smooth the upgrade to the next version ,, people just need to play with the new system
Nice! More updates for Windows 8! ;)
This is great news. I upgraded my 6 year old laptop from Vista to 7 and now 7 to 8, and I'm very happy with it. Its resolution doesn't support snapping, but it is much faster than it ever has been, and I'm enjoying the "Metro" environment. I plan to upgrade my other 2 laptops as soon as I'm finished with my Christmas shopping.
Hi I m nokia 710 user, Please launch 7.8 as soon as possible every one eager to use the new experience in wp7 device, and please announce the extra's in it apart from New start screen
Really WINDOWS is the best..number one...,www.icahbanjarmasin.com/.../error-404-di-webmaster.html
I'm mostly a Mac user but I thought I would upgrade my four year old Toshiba duo core 2 to run Windows 8, wow what a transformation, for an older machine it is a lot faster and more responsive. The GUI is great and it works perfectly on this older machine. It's almost like having a brand new computer again. Very very impressed with Windows 8, Microsoft have made a version of Windows that is fast, lean and runs just as well on older computers. Well done and hope that Windows 8 brings much success for the company, *and this coming from an Apple Mac user*
I like Windows 7 but cannot stand the tiled playtime desktop of Windows 8 - I work as a systems administrator and would never deploy this mess of a desktop into an environment you want people to take computing seriously - I read on technet a while back that another admin said this looks like it was created by spoiled brats who want to play - gamers and social media junkies - those who like to text in dark movie theaters or while driving - MS should put the registry key back that allows for the Windows 7 desktop GUI - this playtime circus desktop might be great for social media junkies but this is not going to encourage serious work ethics - most people in corporate networks use programs that they open with a start button - the internet and favorites are there as well - large buttons on the desktop are a real waste of space - I will never purchase Windows 8 despite others claiming 'initial resistance' - it really stinks the way the desktop is setup for playtime - I might consider Linux now for the network desktops !
Maybe the slightly revised licensing and software assurance policy have to do something with this increment of the licenses sold, we can safely predict for increment on this based on the new licensing scheme for the "stick windows 8" oops WIndows-to-go for Enterprise level.
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So that means another 80 million or so cracked versions are out there lol
We love Windows 8. Microsoft is the future.
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My ATI Radeon video card still has not been suppported by win8 :( I hope new version coming soon
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why is it than when I go to purchase winows 8 , when I get to inputting my postcode I get the message to use the correct format ? but I am ? I have tried upper and lower case and checked everything is correct , but No , it I still get the same message ?
why is it when I go to purchase 8 when I get to eneter my postcode it says its the wrong format ,,, but its isnt ? I have tried upper and lower case and yet still get the same message ?
It is truly amazing to see this beautiful operating system pick up speed. I am surprised that people are sticking on older / other operating systems, because Windows 8 to me is truly a gem. What a great UI. Even the Windows Phone 8 is amazing. I've been working on making / collecting themes for this new OS and just wanted to share them with all of you -
<a>Windows 8 Themes</a>
It is truly amazing to see this beautiful operating system pick up speed. I am surprised that people are sticking on older / other operating systems, because Windows 8 to me is truly a gem. What a great UI. Even the Windows Phone 8 is amazing. I've been working on making / collecting themes for this new OS and just wanted to share them with all of you - windows-8-themes-free.com
<a rel="nofollow" target="_new" href="windows-8-themes-free.com/">Windows 8 Themes</a>
By far this is the worst GUI you have ever created for a PC. I think it works fine for a phone but not for PC. Menus are moved around, missing or put in hard to find places. The OS looks and feels like a bad mix of Apple OS and Android.
I am yet to talk to someone that actually likes it.
I hope you realize that this was a step back and do what you did with Vista - get rid of it and come up with something better.
I picked up a copy of Windows 8 through a deal fromm Fatwallet.com, and after loading it, it took me about 15 minutes to get used to it, and find where most stuff was. Not a bad learning curve at all. I like it a lot, and I love the live tiles (like my windows phone), but one thing that bugs me is that when you use a live tile say for IE, it pops open your desktop, but when you close IE, you are still on your desktop, rather than dropping you back to your live tiles page. This seems odd to me that it doesn't drop you back to where you started (on the live tile screen) rather than the desktop. if you opened up IE from your desktop, I can see it keeping you there, but if you open something from your live tiles page, it should take you back to the live tiles page when you close it. Am I missing something?
P.S. Keep up the good work on Windows Phone My HTC arrive with 7.5 is still going strong, and I love the interface. Waiting on upgrading to see if I can get an unlocked Lumia 920 to use on T-Mobile's $30 a month plan. :)
I have a laptop running windows 8. I love it. The way it shows transfer speed as it is moving files is a great addition.
I love Windows 8 on tablets and phones but for desktop pc's it has been nothing short of a NIGHTMARE! So far I have had numerous updates fail regardless of the advice of Microsoft's Tech forums. The metro interface has left my employees scratching their heads trying to figure out where to find simple things like shutting off the PC. Its awkward, distracting and useless in the workplace. I wish you would provide a means to simply disable metro and give us a start button back. As of now, my company will be hording as many windows 7 licenses as possible as we just cannot see putting our employees through such a stiff learning curve. Microsoft fails to realize that many middle-aged and older employees have a real hard time adjusting to change and we as a corporation do not want to absorb the costs of having to re-train them simply to operate their pc's. Very disappointed!!!
I think this number will further develop, congratulations. I love to play games on win8 in http://www.yepiclip.com
Got myself the Windows 8 . when it was released for the first few days.
Now much more creativity in Computer with windows 8 for more information
As the tablet PCs are increasing with a great speed, people are much confused about computers and tablets for which to buy. As the windows 8 is on the platform now, all the computer manufacturers are trying to utilize all the features of..
yeah ! i'll use windows 8
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