Windows 8 sales as strong as Windows 7

Microsoft has revealed that sales of Windows 8 are matching those of Windows 7 at the same point in its life.

Microsoft’s chief marketing officer and chief financial officer Tami Reller recently gave an interview over on the official Windows blog, where she said that “More than 60 million licenses sold is on par with the record setting pace we saw with Windows 7.”

Of course, this has been helped by the discounted upgrade price Windows 8 went for right up until February 1, 2013. This meant that users of previous Windows versions could upgrade from previous versions of the OS for just £24.99.

Reller also explained that after three months on sale, Windows 8 users are demanding more touch functionality. “From tablets, to touch laptops, to all-in-one PCs, customer interest in new touch form factors is increasing,” she said.

It’s not just sales of Windows 8 copies that have been strong. According to Reller, Windows Store app downloads hit the 100 million mark just 60 days after the new OS was released. What’s more, the number of apps available on the Windows Store has quadrupled since it opened on October 26.

Reller also claimed that app developers are in a strong position with Windows 8, pointing out that they get to keep up to 100 per cent of their profits from app sales.

Reller was keen to put paid to the idea that Windows 8 was awkward for people to use, too. “Fifty percent of users get through the out of box experience in less than 5 minutes,” she claimed.

What do you think? Has Windows 8 been more of a success than people are giving it credit for? Let us know in the comments box below.

Via: TechRadar

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