Microsoft has announced that the number of licenses sold of its new operating system, Windows 8, have passed 60 million in 10 weeks. This is up from 40 million licenses sold in its first month. Windows 8 is currently outpacing Windows 7 in the same time span.
"At the 11th Annual J.P. Morgan Tech Forum at CES 2013 today, Windows Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer Tami Reller announced that Windows 8 has sold 60 million licenses to date," said the Windows Blog team to TechCrunch. "This represents the cumulative sales of Windows 8 including both upgrades and sales to OEMs for new devices. This is a similar sales trajectory that we saw with Windows 7."
"We have seen a significant increase in the number of Windows 8 certified systems since general availability at the end of October," added the Windows Blog Team. "There are now more than 1,700 certified systems for Windows 8 and Windows RT."
Microsoft is seeing 'strong growth' in app development with the total number of apps quadrupling since launch. Windows 8 has also passed 100 million app downloads.
"While we can’t share a specific breakdown, Windows 8 upgrades continue to outpace Windows 7 sales," said a Microsoft spokesperson.