The Straits Times
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Published on Nov 28, 2012
 

Windows 8 sales hit 40 million: Microsoft

 
 

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Microsoft said on Tuesday it sold 40 million licences for its Windows 8 operating system in the first month after a launch which got a mixed reception.

One of the new heads of the Windows unit, Ms Tami Reller, made the announcement to an analysts' meeting and Microsoft provided the information on its Windows blog.

"Windows 8 is outpacing Windows 7 in terms of upgrades," the blog post said. "We built Windows 8 to work great on existing Windows 7 PCs. And we also set out to make upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8 super easy."

Microsoft released the new operating system worldwide on Oct 26 as a way to help the dominant PC software maker get a bigger share of the market for mobile devices such as tablets. But some say the new system may be hard to adapt to both PC and tablet format and that businesses may be slow to adopt Windows 8.