Despite all that we have been hearing about the poor response to Windows 8, Microsoft Corporation(NASDAQ:MSFT) claims to have sold about 40 million copies of its new operating system within a month of its launch.
This was revealed in a blog post written on Tuesday by Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc. The new Windows version was launched on October 26, and was a much awaited debut.
Right after its launch, there were reports swirling around that adoption of the new system was extremely slow and the company's internal targets had not been met. In fact Microsoft itself was said to have responded to these allegation by stating that hardware vendors were to blame for the slow start.
One of the main criticisms against the new operating software was that that the layout and the user interface were more suited for mobile devices than computers.
Digital Trends said that if Microsoft has indeed sold 40 million licenses of Windows 8 within a month then it can be deemed to have done as well as Windows 7, which came as a welcome product after the disastrous Windows Vista.
According to PCWorld, Microsoft Chief Marketing Officer for Windows, Tami Reller, called Windows 8 the company’s biggest project since Windows 95, and said that “Windows 8 is shaping up as one of the company’s most successful products.”
A report in Reuters said that most of these sales of 40 million licenses came from PC makers whose computers will be shipped preloaded with the new operating platform. Incidentally many of these PCs may still be at shops waiting to be sold.
Research firm StatCounter puts the actual number of Windows 8 users to roughly 15 million or around 1 percent of the 1.5 billion PC users around the globe