From the Windows Blog a few minutes ago:
As we pass the one month anniversary of the general availability of Windows 8, we are pleased to announce that to-date Microsoft has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses. Tami Reller shared this news with industry and financial analysts, investors and media today at the Credit Suisse 2012 Annual Technology Conference.
According to Microsoft, “Windows 8 is outpacing Windows 7 in terms of upgrades.”
A few more thoughts:
- Microsoft sold 60 million licenses in the first two months that Windows 7 was on sale. So this is probably slightly ahead of that pace.
- Windows Vista sold 20 million licenses in its first month.
- The $15 free upgrade for anyone who purchased a PC with Windows 7 after June 1 probably helped a lot.
- The $40 upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for any Windows PC probably helped even more.
Putting that figure into perspective: That one month of sales is equal to more than half of the entire installed base of Macs. It is probably the largest number of Windows licenses ever sold in a single month. And this is happening in a weak economy, with PC sales down year over year.