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Microsoft® Sells 40 Million Licenses of Windows® 8 in First Month
Despite all the skepticism, Windows® 8 is selling. In fact, the completely redesigned operating system sold 40 million licenses within the first month of its release, outpacing the number of Window® 7 licenses sold in the first month of its release three years ago.
Even with these impressive numbers, Microsoft® managers remain rather realistic about the matter because they are unsure of how many licenses have been actually installed. There is the distinct possibility that many of those licenses are still sitting on retailers’ shelves.
The firm's research arm StatCounter© Global Stats finds Windows® 8 had a worldwide Internet usage share of 1.31% by November 26, 2012, one month after its release. Comparatively, Windows® 7 had achieved 4.93% one month after its launch in 2009. It’s also important to note that Windows® 8 launched at a deeply discounted price — much more so than Windows® 7. It’s possible that people are ponying up for Windows® 8 while it only costs $40.
The fact remains 40 million licenses of Windows® 8 have been sold and by most standards that is a rather successful start.