Microsoft claims that it has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses in the first month of launch.
The announcement was made by Tami Reller, the new head of the Windows division. According to Microsoft, the launch of Windows 8 at the end of October also saw the opening of the Windows Store. There were more apps in the Windows Store at launch than any other app store at their launch and since then, the number of apps in the Windows Store has doubled.
The world’s top software maker also said that a number of apps in the Windows Store have crossed the $25,000 revenue mark and the developer keeps 80% of the revenue they make off downloads for the life of their app.
Microsoft however did not disclose a breakdown of the number. The figure for licences sold does not necessarily translate into machines running Windows 8, because corporations which buy Windows enterprise licences can also downgrade to Windows 7.
The figure may also include licenses sold to OEM partners but not yet in the hand of consumers.
Windows 8 was made available in Malaysia late last month. It is available to Malaysian consumers through three paths:
Purchase of a new Windows 8 Device
Consumers will enjoy Windows 8 which comes pre-installed through the stunning array of All-in-Ones; touch-optimized laptops and ultrabooks; and even new hybrid form factors such as convertibles and tablets, made available at all major retail outlets from partners such Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba.
Windows Upgrade Offer for consumers purchasing a new Windows 7 PC
The Windows Upgrade Offer provides consumers who buy an eligible Windows 7 PC the option to purchase a downloadable upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of just US$14.99 USD during the time of the promotion. This program is available for consumers buying new Windows 7 PCs that are preinstalled with Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate and include a matching and valid OEM Certificate of Authenticity. The Windows 7 PC must be purchased new during the eligibility period of 2 June 2012 to 31 January 2013 and redeemed before the program expiration at the end of February 2013. Consumers who register for the Windows Upgrade Offer will be able to download Windows 8 starting 26 October 2012. The upgrade can be installed on any eligible and compatible Windows PC and comes with 90 days of support from Microsoft.
Purchase of Windows 8 Pro upgrades
Consumers whose devices do not qualify for the Windows Upgrade Offer may opt to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro by purchasing a Windows 8 Pro Upgrade retail packaged product at participating outlets. Windows 8 Pro is available at a special retail price of RM229 (US$69.99) for a limited time only until 31 January 2013. Thereafter, Windows 8 Pro will be available for an estimated retail price of RM885 (US$289.99).