This just in from Microsoft: The company has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses since the Oct. 26 launch of the new operating system. In addition, the company says Windows 8 is outpacing Windows 7 in terms of upgrades.

Windows executive Tami Reller made the announcement a short time ago, as noted on the official Windows blog. The 40 million number includes licenses sold to consumers and businesses as part of volume licensing deals.

Microsoft also noted that the number of apps in the Windows Store has doubled since launch.

A report on Nov. 16 by longtime Microsoft watcher Paul Thurrott said Windows 8 sales were well below Microsoft’s internal projections, citing an anonymous source.

Update: The company also mentioned that an unspecified number of apps in the Windows Store have surpassed $25,000 in revenue, which means that the developer now keeps 80 percent of the revenue from here on out.

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  • guest

    Rather convenient timing, no? Though it didn’t stop the stock from declining anyway. All gains for the year have now effectively been erased. That’s NINE of the past thirteen years that MS has performed worse than even the indices. A truly horrific record. The amazing thing is that Ballmer will be reelected tomorrow in a landslide anyway. MS shareholders must be masochists.

    • GG002

      It won’t ever matter how much Microsoft does, you Fandroids and iSheep will always be trolls.

  • Guest

    Wow! Forty million licenses is great news. That’s 40 million customers who are now more easily monetised than ever before, allowing for Microsoft to reap even more ancillary income from app store sales and SkyDrive subscriptions. I love this strategy.

    • GG002

      Not sure if trolling, but in case you don’t know, that’s how the battle goes nowadays.

    • guest

      Wall Street clearly doesn’t share your enthusiasm.

  • meme72

    Would be interesting to see the breakout of XP and 7 upgrades to 8.

  • noms

    Didn’t come out of gates strong enough. Won’t hit projected year long goal of 500MM sales.

  • Halfrack

    Not impressed – just did my first Win8 remote support. How can you get a menu to pop up with you’re on a remote control utility?? Setting up a VM on my laptop – there’s still that lack of a hard corner.

    The key to the ’40 Million’ number is that Microsoft doesn’t sell Win7 licenses anymore – so every license for anything is a ‘Windows 8 license’ even if that’s not the OS being loaded. Toss in the pre-release upgrade sales and….

    • GG002

      Shitty VM.

      Regarding Microsoft there’ll always be a key to you people, won’t there. When it comes to Apple, the numbers are always irrefutable. Oh crazy world.

      • Halfrack

        I’ll bite the troll bait, especially when I didn’t say I was on a Mac…

        So the numbers I really care about are what Dell/HP/Acer/etc say they ‘shipped XX million pc’s pre-loaded with Win8’. Apple numbers about OS don’t matter – XX million MacBooks mean there was actual hardware sold.

        Software licenses are an easy way to make numbers look odd – especially when Microsoft can and will drop the price when dealing in large numbers. How many of those ‘sold’ licenses were from SA contracts requesting fulfillment? Wouldn’t that count as sold, even if the revenue from said contract has already been booked earlier this year, back when it was called Win7.

  • guest

    I’d guess most of the licenses are upgrades that happen automatically because of how the licensing contracts work for businesses. Those license “purchases” happen whether the business wants that particular version or not; the company does nothing. They just get it, and they might or might not actually use it.

    Then there’s the HW purchases, where you get the OS pre installed. Might be an endorsement of the OS, or might not.

    Bottom line is the number just doesn’t mean anything at this point in terms of demand for the OS.

  • guest

    Lets see what the independent #’s look like after the holidays. I really don’t trust anybody’s PR right after release, certainly not in this case where deferred upgrades from earlier Q’s can be used to pad out the results. So far we haven’t heard HW vendors saying anything positive about PC sales (consumer or enterprise) so I think we’re still very much in wait and see mode.

  • Guest

    Deja Vu: “These sales figures reflect global sales from retail, PC manufacturers and the Express Upgrade program, and indicate that we are on track to more than double the initial pace of sales for Windows XP, and for Vista to become the fastest adopted version of Windows ever,” 03-26-2007

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