SOFTWARE REDEVELOPER Microsoft has revealed that it sold 60 million licences for its Windows 8 operating system (OS), claiming that matches the adoption rate of Windows 7 to counter critics who have been predicting low demand for its latest OS.
The figure was disclosed by Tami Reller, Microsoft's Windows CFO, speaking at the JP Morgan Tech Forum at the CES show in Las Vegas, and also published on Microsoft's Windows Blog.
Previously, Microsoft had announced sales of 40 million licences by the end of November, just a month after the new operating system went on sale.
The total of 60 million licences includes cumulative sales of Windows 8 to date, including both upgrades and sales to hardware vendors for deployment on new PCs, laptops and tablets, Microsoft said. It claimed this represents a sales trajectory similar to that of Windows 7.
However, this total is not the number of Windows 8 systems that have been deployed, merely the number of licences that have been purchased by both end-user customers and OEMs.
Many of these were bought by vendors who need to ship them with new kit, much of which was on show at CES this week.
Towards the end of 2012, some analysts and market research firms issued reports saying that Windows 8 had not significantly boosted sales of PCs, but this could have been due to a lack of models specifically designed for Windows 8 being available for sale.
Microsoft claimed that it has seen a "significant increase in the number of Windows 8 certified systems since general availability at the end of October", so it is possibly still too early to judge whether Windows 8 is lagging or beating sales of previous Windows OS releases. µ