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Microsoft: Over 100 Million Windows 8 Licenses Sold – Blue Update Info Revealed

May 7, 2013 2 Comments

Microsoft today took to their blogs to reveal pretty big news. Brandon sat down with Tami Reller, Microsoft’s Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer to talk Windows. In the quick Q&A, she reveals that Microsoft has sold over 100 Windows 8 licenses. She also briefly spoke about Windows Blue, the update that will be arriving for Window 8 and RT later this year. She states that the update  will bring a few key features like:

  • broad array of form factors of all sizes
  • display
  • battery life and performance

Windows Blog:

Brandon LeBlanc: It’s been several months since we announced that 60 million licenses of Windows 8 had been soldsince general availability. Where are we now?

Tami Reller:We recently surpassed the 100 million licenses sold mark for Windows 8. This number includes Windows licenses that ship on a new tablet or PC, as well as upgrades to Windows 8. This is up from the 60 million license number we provided in January. We’ve also seen the number of certified devices for Windows 8 and Window RT grow to 2,400 devices, and we’re seeing more and more touch devices in the mix.

Brandon LeBlanc: There’s been a lot of speculation about Windows Blue. What can you tell me about it?

Tami Reller: Windows Blue is a codename for an update that will be available later this year, building on the bold vision set forward with Windows 8 to deliver the next generation of tablets and PCs. It will deliver the latest new innovations across an increasingly broad array of form factors of all sizes, display, battery life and performance, while creating new opportunities for our ecosystem. 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. From a company-wide perspective, Windows Blue is part of a broader effort to advance our devices and services for Microsoft.

Brandon LeBlanc: Last time we talked about the Windows Store and momentum you were seeing there.  Will you update our readers on progress?

Tami Reller: Apps momentum has been steady as the number of apps in the Windows Store has increased 6x since launch. Comparatively, that’s already passed what iOS had in store, in its first year of app development. We’ve also surpassed 250 million Store apps downloaded in the first six months, and almost 90% of our app catalog has been downloaded every month.

You can read the rest on the Windows Blog


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