Microsoft hasn't exactly been forthcoming with Windows 8 sales figures in recent months. During a conference call yesterday, however, Microsoft marketing chief Tami Reller revealed that Windows 8 has now sold 200 million licenses. Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley was listening in, and she later received confirmation of the figure in a written statement from the company:
Windows 8 has surpassed 200 million licenses sold, and we continue to see momentum. This number includes Windows licenses that ship on a new tablet or PC, as well as upgrades to Windows 8. The figure does not include volume license sales to enterprise.
Hitting this milestone 15 months after Windows 8's release doesn't quite warrant celebration. Foley points out that Windows 7 had already sold 240 million licenses by the time its 12-month anniversary came up. Clearly, then, Windows 8 license sales are lagging behind those of its predecessor.
Oh well. Perhaps the impending arrival of Windows 8.1 Update 1 will help renew interest in Microsoft's new operating system. The update is expected in April with a slew of desktop-friendly improvements, including better mouse support in Modern UI apps and greater integration between desktop and Modern UI interface elements.
|Gigabyte's X399 Designare-EX adds Thunderbolt to Threadripper||7|
|No, you can't enable Threadripper's extra two dice||22|
|International Talk Like a Pirate Day Shortbread||23|
|Philips 328P6AU and 328P6VU monitors make the best of USB-C||7|
|Tuesday deals: graphics cards, a mobo, storage, and a big TV||13|
|EVGA Epower V breaks the shackles of stock GPU power delivery||21|
|Reminder: iOS 11 will arrive tomorrow||35|
|In the lab: MSI's Aegis 3 gaming desktop||13|
|Rumor: Eight-core desktop Intel CPUs and Z390 chipset riding in||28|
|For some users, though, Apple's commitment to maintaining the software on its devices as they age is an even more compelling reason than hardware for...||+29|