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May 7, 2013 at 8:49 AM
Microsoft says more than 100 million Windows 8 licenses sold
Microsoft has sold more than 100 million Windows 8 licenses since it launched in late October, according to Tami Reller, Windows’ chief marketing officer and chief financial officer.
That number includes Windows licenses that ship on new tablets or PCs, as well as upgrades to Windows 8, Reller said in an interview posted on the offiicial Windows blog.
This is the first updated figure Microsoft has provided on Windows 8 sales since saying in January that it’s sold 60 million Windows 8 licenses.
Reller also offered some hints about what might be coming in Blue, the codename of the wave of updates expected to hit many Microsoft products later this year:
Windows Blue is a codename for an update that will be available later this year, building on the bold vision set forward with Windows 8 to deliver the next generation of tablets and PCs. It will deliver the latest new innovations across an increasingly broad array of form factors of all sizes, display, battery life and performance, while creating new opportunities for our ecosystem. It will provide more options for businesses, and give consumers more options for work and play.
The Windows Blue update is also an opportunity for us to respond to the customer feedback that we’ve been closely listening to since the launch of Windows 8 and Windows RT. From a company-wide perspective, Windows Blue is part of a broader effort to advance our devices and services for Microsoft.”
Interesting that she takes care to say that the Windows Blue update is “an opportunity for us to respond to the customer feedback that we’ve been closely listening to since the launch of Windows 8 and Windows RT.” Sounds like that may hint at a return to a Start button/menu of some sort?
Among other figures Reller offered:
- The number of Windows Store app downloads has passed 250 million. (Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet reports that Reller said there are now more than 60,000 Windows Store apps.)
- The number of certified devices for Windows 8 and Window RT is now at 2,400 devices.
- She also reiterated some numbers disclosed by Microsoft earlier this month: That more than 250 million people are using SkyDrive and more than 400 million people have Outlook.com accounts, now that Microsoft has completed its migration of Hotmail users to Outlook.com.