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Windows 8 is doing well: 40 million copies sold in one month, upgrades are faster than Windows 7


Despite all the Windows 8 hate [2] and doomsday predictions, Windows 8 [3], as it turns out, is doing very well. Tami Reller, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Marketing Office of Microsoft [4], has revealed Windows 8 has sold 40 million copies since it was released on October 26, 2012. In other words, 40 million Windows 8 copies have been sold in one month.

Tami did not clarify how many of these sales were of Windows RT [5] and how many are of Windows 8/Pro.

Of course simply saying “Windows 8 has sold 40 million copies” means nothing because we have no way of telling if 40 million copies is a good or bad number. So let’s compare Windows 8 sales figures to what Windows 7 sold when it debuted in 2009. After all, Windows 7 was hailed as a success by (almost) every niche and corner of the mainstream tech industry; if Windows 8 can meet or match it, logic tells us Windows 8 isn’t doing too badly.

Official Microsoft figures for Windows 7 say 60 million Windows 7 copies were sold in the first ten weeks. An estimate by the Wall Street Journal put Windows 7 sales in the first month at 40 million. So, essentially, Windows 8 is selling just as well as Windows 7, an operating system most people call a success. In fact, Microsoft says Windows 8 upgrades are faster than Windows 7 updates in 2009.

If you consider how Windows 7 was the recipient of pent-up demand due to the failure of Windows Vista, the fact that Windows 8 is selling similarly well is high praise for Microsoft’s latest baby.

Where are the critics [2] now? BOOM, headshot.

Okay, all sarcasm aside, the sales data for Windows 8 isn’t as rosy as it may seem:

That said, despite the caveats, it is hard to call Windows 8 a “failure” when it is doing similarly well as its “successful” predecessor. Indeed, my friends, Windows 8 is not a failure… at least not yet. The question is: will this continue? Only time will tell.

[via ArsTechnica [6], Microsoft [7], image via FunnyShirts [8]]