200 million Win8 licenses sold; adoption still lags behind Win7

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.

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