40 million sales: But but...most of those can be sitting on shelves or warehouses
........OEMS purchase another 20 mill licenses to meet demand
60 million sales: but but.....(insert desperate argument here)
I love the taste of tears. SO delicious.
In fact, demand was so high, there were shortages and supply problems for hardware. Microsoft could have sold a boatload more of Licenses
Straight from the horses mouth
For example, NPD Group said
in late November that the new OS had gotten off to a "slow start" among consumers.
Asked about this, Reller said that Windows 8 has been meeting Microsoft's sales expectations all along, and that the high level of demand specifically for touch devices with the new OS has "surprised a lot of people."
Unfortunately, that caused an initial shortage of such devices. "Frankly, the supply was too short," she said at the event which was held at the CES show in Las Vegas and where she answered questions from a JP Morgan analyst.
There were other distribution issues. "There was some misalignment between where products were distributed and where the demand was," she said.
Microsoft made adjustments, and is still making them, she said. Many Windows 8 tablets running x86 chips are just starting to hit the market, while some tablets running Windows RT -- the Windows 8 version fo ARM chips -- didn't get the type of distribution "that would have been ideal," she said.