Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Microsoft Reports Steady Increase Of Windows 8 Sales

Even though Windows 8 was hated by most of the Windows operating system users, the number of sales of the operating system seems to be on the rise. According to Windows 8 help center, the company has already sold 100 million licenses of the program until now and is one of the Windows 8 milestones. The company also adds that the Windows Store now has 60,000 apps uploaded to it.

Now, it is not yet clear how many of those licenses are on PCs that are used today. The 100 million licenses include the ones in PC sales as well as those sold as a part of upgrades. According to Tami Reller, who is the vice president of Windows marketing, majority of the licenses sold are for new PCs. Reller says, "Upgrade season was pretty much over in January once all the offers expired." He adds, "So pretty much all of the growth from 60 to 100 [million] is new PCs."

It is to be noted that these PCs are shipped to the retailers and it is not necessary that all of them be sold to the customers. That means, many of them could be in the shelves of retail stores. With Windows 8, Microsoft had started to track the activations online and according to Reller, the number of activations shows a steady increase since the release of the operating system.

One of the major features of Windows 8 that was given much hype was the Start screen of the program that included many apps. The platform for the app, Windows Store, has also been seeing a steady increase in the number of apps uploaded. As of now, 60,000 apps are present in the Store. The company also reveals that more than 250 million download have been already done from the Windows Store.

Even though the above numbers are promising to the software giant, when you compare these numbers with the stats of iOS, they are too low. It is estimated that there are more than 800,000 apps on Apple Store and there has been more than 50 billion downloads.

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