200 million :: do the math

by Volker Weber

200 Million Windows 8 licenses, up from 100 Million ten months ago. That's 10 million a month, about half of what Windows 7 sells.


Still quite shy of the Windows 7 figures at the same point in the release cycle.

I see lots of folks moving off XP, and I think the majority of those are businesses who are worried about continued support. My guess is those will move to Win 7 through volume license agreements, but those won't show in the sales numbers. It's really a complicated scenario to compare Win7 to Win8, due to many changes.

Source: http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2014/02/13/15-months-windows-8-sold-100-million-fewer-copies-windows-7/#!vKuhD

Mike McPoyle, 2014-02-14 15:22

My new computer has a Win8 licence sticker on it. Those nice people at HP shipped it with Win7 via the downgrade rights available in the Professional edition. If this is typical (and I suspect it is), then the number of Win8 licenses in use may be a lot lower.

Chris Linfoot, 2014-02-14 15:59

Like Chris says, how many of those licenses sold equate to actual installations of Windows 8? Not very many, I'd say.

Windows 7 followed a very weak release (the much-detested Vista) and so people that bought it actually wanted it! So maybe there's hope for Windows 9, which will be in something of a similar position - i.e. following on from a poor release. Microsoft will just have to hope that tablets (non-Microsoft) and Chromebooks haven't eaten too much of its market by then.

Mike Brown, 2014-02-15 06:20

So, sales figures don't match usage, and business users adapt slowly to new versions of windows - that's not particularly new is it?

What I don't understand is the strategy behind WinRT aka Windows Store Apps. I mean, as a developer, if you have a Win32 app, why would you spend time and money to rewrite the code to WinRT? Your client base would shrink from almost all Windows versions to Windows 8/RT only. In other words you spend time and money to reduce the audience for your app dramatically.

If Microsoft wanted to introduce a new app platform and bring the full heft of Widows behind it, why not make something that runs at least on Windows 7 too? You can update Windows 7 to the latest .NET version, why not base WinRT on a similar framework that can be added to older Windows versions and runs the apps in a windowed version? And while you are on it don't ignore Windows Phone....

Max Nierbauer, 2014-02-15 18:00

Recent comments

Volker Weber on DNUGcomes2me at 12:05
Henning Heinz on DNUGcomes2me at 10:01
Markus Dierker on DNUGcomes2me at 08:21
Axel Koerv on #dnug45 im darmstadtium at 19:52
Volker Weber on Elgato Eve Flare :: Erste Eindrücke at 19:18
Thomas Cloer on Elgato Eve Flare :: Erste Eindrücke at 17:34
Jochen Kattoll on Sonos, AirPods, Plantronics. Und Podcasts. at 12:40
Stephan Perthes on Elgato Eve Flare :: Erste Eindrücke at 10:49
Oswald Prucker on #dnug45 im darmstadtium at 10:17
Volker Weber on #dnug45 im darmstadtium at 09:44
Ingo Spichal on #dnug45 im darmstadtium at 09:14
Hendrik Brunn on Elgato Eve Flare :: Erste Eindrücke at 23:23
Lewis Turek on Elgato Eve Flare :: Erste Eindrücke at 22:09
Volker Weber on Elgato Eve Flare :: Erste Eindrücke at 21:17
Lewis Turek on Elgato Eve Flare :: Erste Eindrücke at 20:27
Stephan H. Wissel on Sonos, AirPods, Plantronics. Und Podcasts. at 19:33
Dominique Roller on HomePod kaufen? at 13:27
Markus Dierker on HomePod kaufen? at 13:20
Martin Kautz on Computer Kid at 12:09
Volker Weber on Neues Ziel: 100k #dontbreakthechain at 11:31
Karl Heindel on Neues Ziel: 100k #dontbreakthechain at 10:48
Michael Schneider on Neues Ziel: 100k #dontbreakthechain at 10:27
Axel Koerv on Neues Ziel: 100k #dontbreakthechain at 09:27
Bernd Hofmann on Neues Ziel: 100k #dontbreakthechain at 07:42
Volker Weber on Three essentials at 20:58

Ceci n'est pas un blog

I explain difficult concepts in simple ways. For free, and for money. Clue procurement and bullshit detection.


Stuff that works
Amazon Wish List
Frequently Asked Questions

rss feed  twitter amazon

Local time is 13:25


buy me coffee