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Windows 8 Milestone: 200 Million Licenses Sold

Friday Feb 14th 2014 by Developer.com Staff

The new OS doesn't seem to be selling as fast as Windows 7.

Until now, Microsoft hasn't been very forthcoming about how fast Windows 8 is selling, but yesterday, Tami Reller, Microsoft's Executive Vice President of Marketing, noted in a speech that the company has sold more than 200 million licenses. The company later issued a statement which read:

"Windows 8 has surpassed 200 million licenses sold, and we continue to see momentum. This number includes Windows licenses that ship on a new tablet or PC, as well as upgrades to Windows 8. The figure does not include volume license sales to enterprise. Windows is a central part of life for more than 1.5 billion people around the world, and we are looking forward to the future.

By way of comparison, Microsoft sold 240 million Windows 7 licenses in the first twelve months after its release. It has taken fifteen months to sell 200 million Windows 8 licenses.

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