Microsoft Windows 8 may not be the most popular operating system from the Redmond-based company, but it still has some decent sales figures. Recently, Microsoft took their time and decided to shed some light on the sales, and mentioned Windows 8 sold more than 200 million licenses.
Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Marketing Tami Reller released the number at the Goldman Sachs Technology & Internet Conference. Microsoft has kept themselves quite since May 2013 when they mentioned Windows 8 reached 100 million sales figure, and it seems the number has doubled now. Here’s a statement provided to ZDNet by a Microsoft spokesperson:
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.
Windows 8 launched in October 2012, and the company mentioned they managed to sell $40 million licenses in the first month, which was impressive and makes sense as everyone prefers to give a new OS a try as soon as it hits retail.
It’s also worth mentioning these number include number of licenses sold to OEMs, as well as the Windows 8 upgrades. It doesn’t include copies sold via volume-licensing agreements.