[CES 2013] Regardless if you like the direction Microsoft took Windows with its Windows 8 OS, it seems the company is celebrating a milestone today as Windows 8 has sold 60 million licenses.
Unfortunatley, with today’s news, Microsoft didn’t disclose just how many of those licenses are based on consumers purchasing Windows 8 or how were sold in bulk to vendors and enterprises, but the Windows blog team had the following to share in regards with today’s news:
At the 11th Annual J.P. Morgan Tech Forum at CES 2013 today, Windows Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer Tami Reller announced that Windows 8 has sold 60 million licenses to date. This represents the cumulative sales of Windows 8 including both upgrades and sales to OEMs for new devices. This is a similar sales trajectory that we saw with Windows 7.
We have seen a significant increase in the number of Windows 8 certified systems since general availability at the end of October. There are now more than 1,700 certified systems for Windows 8 and Windows RT.
In addition to the news of 60 million Windows 8 licenses being sold, Microsoft is also seeing “strong growth” in the amount of developers building for the platform. According to Microsoft, over 100 million applications have been downloaded from the Windows Store after two months of being available to the public.