This just in: Microsoft announced at the CES that the company has sold 60 million Windows 8 licenses.

Windows CMO/CFO Tami Reller made the announcement from Las Vegas, and the Microsoft blog post notes that the 60 million number “continues to be in line with Windows 7 and represents the cumulative sales of Windows 8 including both upgrades and sales to OEMs for new devices.”

There are also now more than 1,700 certified systems for Windows 8 and Windows RT.

On November 27, Microsoft said it had sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses since the Oct. 26 launch of the new operating system.

Previously on GeekWire: Microsoft inks $617 million deal to bring Windows 8 to 330,000 Department of Defense employees

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  • Guest

    Sell in, not sell thru. Meaningless.

    • mark

      Not telling the full story != meaningless. MS sold that many licenses. How many are in use is unknown. The same was true for the W7 numbers they’re being compared to. Think more, post less.

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  • silvester

    Zombie sales from zombie contracts.

    Much better stats would be how many copies are actually running.

    • guest

      Actual sales from real contracts, else MS would be violating the law by stating otherwise. Learn a thing or two about disclosures and the SEC, m’kay?

  • Guest

    Why’s the Microsoft store still empty?

    • Robert

      Adding another year to your already extensive trolling resume?

      • Guest

        Nothing else to write than personal insult? Yeah, you’re a real contributor to the comment section. Why is it that the Microsoft stores are virtually empty if Windows 8 is such a success? I think that’s a fair question to be asked.

        • Robert

          Truth hurts, huh?
          And W8’s success or failure is almost entirely independent of MS retail store traffic, whatever that is for the one store you visited and decided to extrapolate to all of them.

  • guest

    The market is seeing right though this PR attempt. The stock is already down 3% on the year vs a 3% gain for the market. And so begins another year of MS underperformance…

    • guest

      I predict MS will be below $23 by year end, maybe even below $20. Now that growth is effectively over and management can no longer pretend they’re not being disrupted by Apple and Google, it feels like we’re finally approaching the end game. In which case the drop is likely to be fast and furious.

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