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Microsoft claims it sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses

Talks up Xbox 360 sales and Outlook user count
Wed Nov 28 2012, 15:06
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SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Microsoft claims to have sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses within a month of release.

Microsoft's headline product has polarised opinion, mainly over its interface, however the firm was on hand as usual to tout Windows sales figures. The firm said it had sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses within a month, which is faster than Windows 7 sold.

Microsoft loves touting sales figures, except for Windows Phone, and the firm boasted impressive Black Friday sales for its seven year old Xbox 360 console. Microsoft said it shifted more than 750,000 consoles on Black Friday in the US, which is pretty impressive given the competition posed by smartphones and tablets as gaming devices.

Microsoft also took the opportunity to tout its Outlook webmail service that it recently announced as a replacement for Hotmail. Microsoft claimed the service has 25 million active users and that 80 percent of those it surveyed would not go back to Google's Gmail service after using it for five days.

Microsoft claims that the users it surveyed - at least those ones it will publicly talk about - said its webmail service "does a better job of blocking spam" and "outperforms Gmail when it comes to helping manage unwanted messages like newsletters and daily deals". Of course Microsoft doesn't provide any figures and said these were merely "opinions" rather than facts.

Microsoft's Windows sales figures are always something of a misnomer as the firm sells licenses to OEMs and system builders, meaning there is no evidence whether people have actually bought those machines and are using Windows 8. Windows aside, Microsoft's Xbox 360 sales figures are impressive given the age of the hardware, and they cement the firm's strong position in the games console market. µ


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