Microsoft Windows 8 lags predecessor in first-year sales
SEATTLE (REUTERS) - Microsoft Corp's Windows 8 system has racked up more than 200 million licence sales since its launch 15 months ago, according to Ms Tami Reller, its head of marketing, lagging Windows 7 which sold 240 million within its first year.
The latest Windows 8 sales figure, announced by Ms Reller at a Goldman Sachs technology conference on Thursday, is the first that Microsoft has made public for more than six months.
The relatively slow sales of Windows 8, and its latest incarnation Windows 8.1, reflect a steady two-year decline in personal computer sales, as smartphones and tablet sales explode. Sales of tablets are set to overtake personal computers (PC) worldwide next year.
Windows 8 was designed as a flexible new system that would work equally well on desktops PCs and touchscreen tablets, but it ended up alienating many traditional users, while the company's Surface tablet has not won over many Apple Inc iPad users.