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Microsoft reports more than 200 million sold Windows-8 licenses

2014-03-21  |  Comebuy News

Microsoft has reported current sales figures for Windows 8 for the first time since may, 2013. At a Conference of the investment bank Goldman Sachs, the Tami Reller responsible for marketing Windows said, Microsoft dropped off more than 200 million Windows-8 licenses. Thus, the software group delivered 100 million licenses in the past nine months were about. 100 million it had spent the first only about six months.

Windows 8 and Windows RT is available since October 26, 2012. After a month, Microsoft had reported 40 million licenses sold. To CES early January 2013 it spoke of 60 million.

It is also clear that Windows 8 sold less than its predecessor. Windows 7 had reached 240 million licenses in the first twelve months. Windows 8, however, is only 200 million licenses after approximately 15 months.

The figures include licenses, who bought OEM from Microsoft, as well as upgrades to Windows 8. The quantities which have removed volume license customers, are however not included. It is unclear whether Microsoft includes Windows RT in its statistics. A spokesman only confirmed the information relate to Windows licenses, which are shipped with new tablets and PCs.

Rafique not directly entered the update 1 for Windows 8.1, which is rumored to appear in April. But she said Microsoft wants to shorten the distance between the new versions of Windows and making progress in optimizing Windows for smaller devices. The latter is a specific note on Windows 8.1 update 1, which is designed to reduce the space required for the installation of the operating system. Thus, Microsoft wants to facilitate especially use on cheaper tablets.

[with material from Mary Jo Foley, ZDNet.com]

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