Ballmer: Several Windows 8 apps have had one million downloads

Microsoft is holding its annual stockholder meeting in Redmond, Washington today and as part of the event, the company's CEO Steve Ballmer gave the owners of Microsoft's shares a quick overview of the company's current and near future plans. Naturally, part of his address talked about the launch of Windows 8.

The day before, Microsoft announced that it had sold sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses since its launch just over a month ago, and that Windows 8 upgrades were outpacing those of Windows 7. Ballmer repeated those statements during his address but threw in a couple of extra bits of information. He stated that Windows 8 owners " ... are using the features and downloading new applications. In fact, several apps have reached already 1 million downloads." He did not state which Windows 8 apps had achieved this milestone.

In addition, Ballmer gave an update on the number of new PCs that have been qualified to run Windows 8. He said, "I'm pleased to announce that the number of certified Windows 8 PCs has grown from 1,000 to 1,500. Those new devices will really start to hit the shelves worldwide in the coming weeks and coming months."

We will have more information from the Microsoft shareholder meeting later today, including a story about the always interesting Q&A session.

Source: Microsoft shareholder meeting website | Image via Microsoft

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I'm a Windows 8+ optimist, but this statement has me a little skeptical (just going by the rate Android app download counts rise, which is the only thing I can really think of comparing). Does he clarify whether these are third party apps, and whether updates are counting toward download counts?

I only want to better understand how they're producing metrics.

Joshie said,
I'm a Windows 8+ optimist, but this statement has me a little skeptical (just going by the rate Android app download counts rise, which is the only thing I can really think of comparing). Does he clarify whether these are third party apps, and whether updates are counting toward download counts?

I only want to better understand how they're producing metrics.

metrotwit guys said they had 100,000 downloads in first 2 weeks. what makes you skeptical that apps like Netflix,skype,angry birds,etc.. can reach a million downloads?

Joshie said,
I'm a Windows 8+ optimist, but this statement has me a little skeptical (just going by the rate Android app download counts rise, which is the only thing I can really think of comparing). Does he clarify whether these are third party apps, and whether updates are counting toward download counts?

I only want to better understand how they're producing metrics.

'Only' 15 million active users as the worst case scenario based on the 40 million licenses sold announcement. So there are 15+ million active users, I think it is likely that a few must-have apps have had a million download by now. Especially if the actual figure of active users is around the 30 million or so.

Bern@rd said,
My guess is either Skype or Freshpaint.

Solitaire, Minesweeper, Pinball,...

MS doesn't include the games anymore so I guess lots of people download those free apps right away

Stoffel said,

Solitaire, Minesweeper, Pinball,...

MS doesn't include the games anymore so I guess lots of people download those free apps right away

Wrong. Minesweep is avail for Windows 8/RT and theer is a Pinball called Pinball FX2 or somthing. I played it and it is nice.

TechieXP said,
Wrong. Minesweep is avail for Windows 8/RT and theer is a Pinball called Pinball FX2 or somthing. I played it and it is nice.

They are available from the store for free, but they do not come bundled with Win 8
So my assumption is that it's one of those games that has more then 1mil downloads

siah1214 said,

This is for Windows Store apps, so reading comprehension fail.

It doesn't say Store in the article. Start8 is a downloadable app for win8. Your "reading fail" criticism fails. ;-)

gb8080 said,

It doesn't say Store in the article. Start8 is a downloadable app for win8. Your "reading fail" criticism fails. ;-)


"are using the features and downloading new applications"
Translation
The Modern UI and app store.

the growth of the windows 8 appstore is really amazing. with so many android apps being nothing but upscaled phone apps, and with google begging for devs to make tablet apps, it goes to show that it was the right call to make phone and tablet apps separate. using an android tablet feels like a 3rd rate ecosystem with all the phone garbage pretending to be tablet format. This is particularly bad since most android phone apps don't rotate well and most tablets are held in the wide aspect position.

it will be interesting to see how google deals with yet another mess they created.

neonspark said,
the growth of the windows 8 appstore is really amazing. with so many android apps being nothing but upscaled phone apps, and with google begging for devs to make tablet apps, it goes to show that it was the right call to make phone and tablet apps separate. using an android tablet feels like a 3rd rate ecosystem with all the phone garbage pretending to be tablet format. This is particularly bad since most android phone apps don't rotate well and most tablets are held in the wide aspect position.

it will be interesting to see how google deals with yet another mess they created.


Agree! Main reason I took back my Transformer. Apps looked terrible on that nice screen. Sticking with my trusty iPad for now.

neonspark said,
the growth of the windows 8 appstore is really amazing. with so many android apps being nothing but upscaled phone apps, and with google begging for devs to make tablet apps, it goes to show that it was the right call to make phone and tablet apps separate. using an android tablet feels like a 3rd rate ecosystem with all the phone garbage pretending to be tablet format. This is particularly bad since most android phone apps don't rotate well and most tablets are held in the wide aspect position.

it will be interesting to see how google deals with yet another mess they created.

This is exactly why I was excited to see windows 8 store to not include windows phone apps.. I returned my transformer as well because all the apps I wanted were just cell phone apps that looked horrible ( months ago).. The same problem existed for the HP touchpad...

The apps for windows 8 on average seem pretty legit with some great one ands others being mediocre.. but I have not come across one yet that is just a port for a phone that used to be made for a 3 inch screen like I did with my android tablet.