Apparently, Windows 8 is not quite the disaster some would have you believe, with the company from Redmond announcing that 60 million licenses have been sold since launch less than 4 months ago. Microsoft also announced that the Windows 8 store has passed the 100 million app download mark.
This is a 33% rise from late November when Microsoft announced the operating system had reached 40 million downloads. Microsoft aim to cross the 100 million mark by the end of the first calendar quarter of 2013.
The announcement was made by by Tami Reller, Windows Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer at the 11th annual J.P. Morgan Tech Forum at CES. In addition to the sales and download figures, Reller also stated that there are now 1700 certified systems for Windows 8 and Windows RT.
While the sales figures are a combination of upgrades and sales to OEMs for new devices, it is another significant milestone for an operating system that has been widely derided as being unusable for the desktop.
Clearly, the market is more willing to accept change than you would think and the general impression of Windows 8 from those who have used it is generally positive. Sales will likely dip now that the holidays are over, but perhaps Microsoft can make further gains with the Surface Pro, due for launch in late January. Perhaps a more competitive price for that device would also help. Additionally, with a slew of new devices announced at CES, Windows 8 momentum seems positive.
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