Monday, July 7, 2014

200 Million Windows 8 Licenses Sold

The market share of the Windows 8 operating system can be categorized as anemic, especially when compared with the popularity of Windows 7 and Windows XP operating systems. This does not mean that Microsoft has not sold many copies of the tile based Windows 8 operating system. As per a Microsoft Executive Vice President of Marketing Tami Reller, Microsoft has sold over 200 million Windows 8 licenses after the official release of the operating system on Oct 26, 2012.

A Microsoft spokesperson told ZDNet, “Windows 8 has surpassed 200 million licenses sold, and we continue to see momentum”. “… 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.” 200 million sales of Windows 8 OS are impressive but it is well behind the pace of Windows 7 operating system. We can notice that it took 15 months for Microsoft to sell 200 million Windows 8 licenses. Meanwhile in just 12 months, Microsoft was able to sell 240 million licenses of the Windows 7 operating system.

The 200 million figures is a sell in number that includes sales of all the computers and laptops that are sold with the Windows 8 OS pre-installed together with the stand-alone Windows 8 upgrades. Despite reaching the 200 million mark, it is very much clear that the Windows 8 OS has a long way to go if it hopes to achieve the levels of popularity that is comparable to those enjoyed by both of its predecessors, Windows XP and Windows 7. Microsoft is planning to make some changes to the Windows 8 OS with the upcoming Windows Updates. This was confirmed after contacting the Windows support team.

Though an important Windows 8 update is on the way, and should be available soon, it is unclear whether that will be enough to boost the market share of the Windows 8 operating system. Many of the conventional Windows users were not satisfied with the Tile interface in the Windows 8 operating system. Also, there were many complaints about the missing Start button in the latest Windows operating system.

If you wish to know more on downloading Windows 8 and installing it to your computer, you can contact the Microsoft support team. You may also refer to the Windows 8 help modules that are posted in the official Microsoft website to know more on downloading Windows 8 OS.

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