Windows 8 has surpassed the 200 million landmark for tablet and PC sales, with Microsoft describing the achievement as momentum. The figure indicted the number of new units shipped, plus customers that have upgraded to Windows 8 software since launch.
Globally Windows serves more than 1.5 billion people with computer software, so in reality a proportion of users have taken up the newest OS. Windows 8 has never quite caught on with everyone, it has divided opinion but is still growing which will be encouraging for Microsoft.
Despite hitting this milestone, Windows 8 is still is lagging behind its predecessor, taking 15 months to sell 200 million licenses. Windows 7 which still remains a popular operating system of choice, taking only 6 months to hit 240 million sales according to Tech Radar. Windows 8 is eventually expected to overtake this figure but for now it looks to be taking its time in doing so.
Microsoft has had to endure a huge change in market demand, with the introduction of tablets and similar devices changing the game and also consumer demand with it. Windows 7 had the clear objective of shipping with desktop PCs and laptops or being downloaded. Windows 8 has been mixed about in different devices with a touch screen focus, which has proven unpopular with some and no doubt impacted sales.
The Windows 8.1 update is reportedly set for launch in April, with Windows 9 looking at a release for early 2015. While Microsoft’s tablet and PC software still appears to be doing fairly well, their Windows Phone mobile software on the other hand is struggling. There has been suggestions that Microsoft are even preparing to allow Android apps on their platform to keep users from leaving.
What are your thoughts on Microsoft’s Windows 8 sales figures, are you using it or did you stick with an older OS version?