Windows 8 has crossed a new milestone, selling more than 100 million licenses. This is up from the 60 million sold in January. This figure includes upgrade licenses from Windows 7, as well as newly sold PCs and Windows tablets. There are also more than 2,400 devices certified to use Windows 8 and Windows RT. Microsoft's chief marketing officer and chief financial officer Tami Reller broke the news.
Windows 8 is only slightly behind Windows 7 during the same time frame. It took Windows 7 exactly six months to cross the 100 million mark, while it took Windows 8 an extra 11 days. Windows 7 was released on October 22, 2009 and reached 100 million on April 22, 2010. Windows 8 was released on October 26, 2012 and reached 100 million on May 7.
Reller talked about the first major update to Windows 8, codenamed Windows Blue. Microsoft has received a lot of feedback from consumers and will improve Windows 8 on the feedback. However she did not go into great depth.
"Windows Blue is a codename for an update that will be available later this year, building on the bold vision set forward with Windows 8 to deliver the next generation of tablets and PCs," said Reller. "It will deliver the latest new innovations across an increasingly broad array of form factors of all sizes, display, battery life and performance, while creating new opportunities for our ecosystem. It will provide more options for businesses, and give consumers more options for work and play."
Reller also said that apps on the Windows Store has passed 250 million downloads in six months and the total number of apps have increased six fold. The total number of apps in six months is higher than the iOS had in its first year. However, Google Play did hit 25 billion downloads in September 2012 and the Apple App Store is on the verge of 50 billion downloads.
Reller also announced that more than 250 million people are using SkyDrive and there are more than 400 million active Outlook accounts. Microsoft is also integrating Skype into its Outlook service.