Windows 8: 100M Licenses Sold, Blue Update in 2013
What PC slowdown? Microsoft strikes an optimistic tone as it comments on the state of its flagship operating system, Windows 8, six months after its splashy launch.Microsoft sold 100 million licenses for Windows 8 in the six months that the touch-enabled operating system has been on the market, Tami Reller, both chief marketing officer and chief financial officer for Microsoft, revealed in a May 7 Windows blog Q&A. It's a figure that includes upgrades, as well as copies that ship with PCs and tablets. On Jan. 8, the company announced that it had sold 60 million Windows 8 licenses, a "similar sales trajectory that we saw with Windows 7," announced Brandon LeBlanc, a Microsoft spokesman. Depicting Windows 8 as "a big, ambitious change," Reller added that the company felt "good about the progress since launch." She also reported that the platform now included 2,400 Windows 8 and RT devices that were certified to carry the Windows logo. The software giant signaled that it plans to keep the momentum going with Blue, the code name for Windows 8.1. Reller definitively pointed to a 2013 release of the update by stating that it "will be available later this year."
"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," said Reller.