A closer look at the Windows 8 sales figures

Microsoft has now given us three data points relating to Windows 8 sales and we have plotted the sales points to offer up a visual representation of the sales figures that Microsoft has released.

To date, Microsoft has told us that it has sold 4 million copies of Windows 8 after three days, 40 million copies after 30 days and now 60 million copies after approximately 72 days of being on the market. The graph below represents these data points on a simple line graph with the Y Axis representing each data point given by Microsoft.

Using the same data, we can extract out the average sales per day with the chart below. While there is a sharp drop after the thirty day window post launch, this is to be expected as many OEMs purchased a large quantity of licenses before the holiday shopping season.  The graph below represents these data points on a simple line graph with the Y Axis representing each data point given by Microsoft.

What we are waiting to see is how well Windows 8 will continue to sell now that the holiday shopping season has come to an end. Seeing that many consumers likely purchased devices for the holidays, there may be a lull in activity post Christmas. 

We will continue to update these charts as Microsoft gives us more information so that we can track the sales progress of the platform. For Microsoft, it is extremely important to keep touting the sales success of Windows 8 as it looks to keep a positive image with the general public. Considering that Windows 8 introduces several dramatically different UI features, if Microsoft loses public appeal, it could put a significant dent in the amount of consumers willing to trying out the company's latest OS.

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