Microsoft Announces 40 Million Windows 8 Licenses Sold

Tami Reller – Chief Financial Officer and Chief Marketing Officer of Microsoft’s Windows division — announced that 40 million Windows 8 licenses have been sold since its release a month ago.

Here’s the quote from her presentation:

The journey is just beginning, but I am pleased to announce today that we have sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses so far.

Since the departure of former Windows and Windows Live President, Steven Sinofsky, Julie Larson-Green was promoted to lead Windows Software and Hardware Engineering and together with Tami Reller, they report directly to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

What’s interesting is the 40 Million total its double the monthly level of Windows 7 over the past three years, according to an article by Paul Thurrott. Also, according to a post today on Microsoft’s Blogging Windows, Windows 8 is outpacing Windows 7 in regard to user upgrades.

Do keep in mind that the majority of the licenses this month were sold to PC makers – not end users. This is still good news for the company, and defies earlier reports that Windows 8 sales have been mediocre.

Some in the tech press have already written off Windows 8 as a failure, but it’s definitely too early to call. While this month’s news is great for Microsoft, the months ahead might not be so glamorous. Time will tell.

Check out the audio version of Tami Reller’s full presentation at the Credit Suisse Annual Technology Conference.

If you’re new to Windows 8 or unsure about upgrading, check out my article: Don’t Fear Windows 8 – Make it Easy to Use.

Also, make sure to bookmark our Complete Guide to Windows 8 we’re updating it with more great how to’s and tips daily. This is a very exciting time in computer technology, and it will be fun to see how events continue to unfold.

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