Heres something you wont see in the news (yet): Win 8 is Microsoft's second most successful OS release.
After the announcement from MS that Windows 8 has sold 200 million licenses so far i looked at how well each previous Windows OS has sold...
- Win 7 sold 240 million licenses in 1 year. It sold a average of 20 million licenses each year, for 3 years in a row.
- Vista sold 180 million licenses in 19 months (or 22 months if we include the 3 month Vista coupon offer before release). In 48 months Vista sold a average of 8 million licenses a month.
- XP is hard to find any real details on... but MS announced it sold 17 million licenses in the first 2 months (8.5 million for each of those months).
An IDC analyst estimated that 400 million XP copies were in use in January 2006, about 50 months after the OS's launch which is roughly a average of 8 million XP licenses a month - same as Vista in about the same time period.
- And Win 8/8.1 has sold 200 million licenses in 18 months. Which is a average of 11.1 million licenses a month.
These are all for Windows licenses sold. MS only ever announce license sales so it's a fair comparison.
And i've not included sales on any Windows OS's before XP as theres no way they would have sold in the same numbers anyway (and it's hard to find details).