Microsoft has gone on to sell an impressive 60 million Windows 8 licenses, which represents a 20 million increase from when Windows 8 hit 40 million late November. The Redmond company announced this at the 11th Annual J.P. Morgan Tech Forum at CES 2013. It was mentioned that this represents the cumulative sales of Windows 8 including both upgrades and sales to OEMs for new devices.
As PCWorld points out, while these sales numbers sound impressive it is not certain whether or not these translate into actual sales of just the operating system or computer and tablet purchases at computer shops and big box stores across the country as well. You see, Microsoft licenses Windows 8 to big PC manufactures including Dell, HP, Sony and every other computer manufacture out there. These licenses counts as operating system sales for Microsoft.
Regardless, these numbers are still respectable considering the big decline of the PC market in general. It is a known fact that consumers just aren’t as excited about PCs anymore, as we shift into a more mobile world. Michael Silver, research vice president for market research firm Gartner did say however, “It looks like Windows 8 was good enough to hold the market until the next version comes out. That version should fix a lot of things that are wrong with Windows 8 and maybe the rest of the ecosystem will be better-prepared by then.”
For those of you who didn’t catch our last report on the replacement to Windows 8, it is likely to be dubbed Windows Blue and will actually be released late 2013 or early 2014. This is because Microsoft is rumored to be switching to a yearly release cycle, which is similar to Mac OS X.