Coming up on ten weeks since its release, Microsoft has announced it has sold 60 Million licenses of Windows 8. The announcement comes from Tami Reller, Windows Chief Marketing Office and Chief Financial Officer at the 11th Annual J.P. Morgan Tech forum from CES 2013. The number cumulatively represents upgrades and OEM sales. This is a similar sales trajectory that was witnessed with the massively successful Windows 7 Operating System upon its release.
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. I suggest reading this post from Nick Parker putting the spotlight on several very cool new Windows 8 PCs announced by our OEM partners this week at CES.
This week we also highlighted strong growth in developers building for Windows 8. Since the opening of the Windows Store the number of apps has quadrupled and we passed the 100 million app download mark – just two months after general availability.
The public has watched with interest looking for some indications of Windows 8 sales performance. The numbers support a healthy adoption rate and a foundation for Microsoft’s consumer and retail ambitions. Judging from the proliferation of dynamic new devices announced that use the operating system, a wave of surging interest in Windows 8 systems could be easily projected, much to the chagrin of various naysayers and analysts.