Microsoft: Four million Windows 8 upgrades so far

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has confirmed here at the BUILD 2012 developer keynote that since Friday, the official launch of Windows 8, the company has already sold four million Windows 8 software upgrades.

That's certainly not a bad start for Windows 8 but at the same time, most people will likely still stick with their current Windows OS and wait to buy a new PC to get Windows 8. On that front, Ballmer says that sales of Windows 8 products are good so far.

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4 million in what..4 days? It took Apple from July 25th to September 12th (49 days) to sell 7 million Mountain Lion upgrades.

At this rate, it will take Microsoft 42 less days to do the same feat. If it continues at this rate, it'll have sold 7 times as many copies in that same time span.

People wanted numbers, MS gives out a number and the Windows 8 haters still try to knock it, on cuz it's so cheap, of course it sells! Nice spin, when they say they sold, I dunno, 100 million licenses later on I wonder what the excuse will be then?

Seriously, you don't like it, fine, but if it sells it sells so that's that.

GP007 said,
People wanted numbers, MS gives out a number and the Windows 8 haters still try to knock it, on cuz it's so cheap, of course it sells! Nice spin, when they say they sold, I dunno, 100 million licenses later on I wonder what the excuse will be then?

Seriously, you don't like it, fine, but if it sells it sells so that's that.


This. It's as if the price was announced on the launch date and that they have no idea that the upgrade will be cheap. It was the same "It'll be a failure" even after the upgrade price was announced. Now, "Hey, it will sell. It's dirt cheap"

I guess haters will always hate

4m copies is not to bad it it's only upgrades, add to that all the new pc's sold and that's a good start for MS

Stoffel said,
I guess haters will always hate

4m copies is not to bad it it's only upgrades, add to that all the new pc's sold and that's a good start for MS

or ignore people like you and the guy above you..

most of us "haters" have managed to carry on with life with out Win 8 so far lol

I am Not PCyr said,

or ignore people like you and the guy above you..

most of us "haters" have managed to carry on with life with out Win 8 so far lol

You have? Could've fooled me by all the idiotic posting you make in Windows 8 related topics.

The thing is that you can also do upgrade with a pirated copy of windows 7 or xp so it is huge and cheap offer for someone to migrate to retail copy.

buksnatata said,
The thing is that you can also do upgrade with a pirated copy of windows 7 or xp so it is huge and cheap offer for someone to migrate to retail copy.

Even for pirates, Windows 8 is "2Legit2Quit".

I'd like to see the statistics on how many people have bought Windows 8, tried it, then switched back to Windows 7. I'd be one of those to be included in that statistic. I tried it for a few days and gave it every chance, but I can see no compelling reason to continue with it, totally sucks in my opinion. By the way, it is ok for me to have my own opinion to all the MS fanboys.

hamslammer said,
I'd like to see the statistics on how many people have bought Windows 8, tried it, then switched back to Windows 7. I'd be one of those to be included in that statistic. I tried it for a few days and gave it every chance, but I can see no compelling reason to continue with it, totally sucks in my opinion. By the way, it is ok for me to have my own opinion to all the MS fanboys.

no your not allowed or you'll get the usual your doing it wrong apple style excuse.
And if you don't like windows 8 your considered to be a retard.

I have more respect for those that live and let live than the proactive fanboi trolls making Windows 8 some kind of personal campaign.
which just shows their weakness anyway because if they have to be so vocal to us super small minority of crazy retard "haters" then what does that tell you lol
..it means they know they are wrong

We need actual numbers. In the past, early sales figures were only given in press releases as percentages compared to the previous release. Windows Vista sold 60% less in the first week than Windows XP. Windows 7 sold 234% more than Vista in its first week. None of the releases give hard numbers.

The fact that they have resorted to the actual number of copies sold does not sound like a good sign to me, absent hard numbers for the others.

Also, how many of those upgrades were the ones exercised by people who just bought new computers?

Voice of Buddy Christ said,
We need actual numbers. In the past, early sales figures were only given in press releases as percentages compared to the previous release. Windows Vista sold 60% less in the first week than Windows XP. Windows 7 sold 234% more than Vista in its first week. None of the releases give hard numbers.

The fact that they have resorted to the actual number of copies sold does not sound like a good sign to me, absent hard numbers for the others.

Also, how many of those upgrades were the ones exercised by people who just bought new computers?

Ballmer did say that Win8 sold more in the same period of time since its launch, compared to Win7.

When millions of these early adopters want to go back to Windows-7; can they get their money back? The real test is "how many of these early adopters remain with Windows-8 AND use it in a productive manner?"

TsarNikky said,
When millions of these early adopters want to go back to Windows-7; can they get their money back? The real test is "how many of these early adopters remain with Windows-8 AND use it in a productive manner?"
The joke is on you. Windows 8 multitasking is the best multitasking Windows has had period. I can open any Metro App and snap it next to the Desktop app.

Totalaero said,
I can open any Metro App and snap it next to the Desktop app.

Which anyone with any Windows since NT has been able to do without problems.

Why would anyone WANT to run the crappy little "Metro" applications? So far they are all awful.

I dont get why people are arguing about this issue. Whatever camp you are, I think if Microsoft can sell even half of the number in six months as that of Windows7 (which is very very conservative figure). It will still ensure that Microsoft is not sinking in the future combats of Apple Vs Google vs Microsoft.
We need to understand why Microsoft has taken some decisions which had put them on the sword of their critics (e.g., Metro, Start Menu , Window Store) , just because they want to use Windows Power to get into consumers Tablet and Mobile domain where they were failing and only Windows/Office and somewhat XBox were the only brands which can rescue them. Therefore, they decided to make sure they brought people into that eco system and ensure people get used to of this and hence drive the market adoptation towards their Tablet and Mobile Systems.
Now consider the above strategy and think if they can sell around 200/300 million devices which has Windows Store inside it. This will mean not a single developer or organisation can ignore the Windows/WP at all. Ultimately bringing Microsoft into the game with more force.
This is big risk because if it does not click they would have already damaged their premier brands but to kick in , they have to "All In".
Therefore , these numbers are really promising start and i would expect with a big holiday period means they would be hoping for BIG.

Cool,

Been running the Consumer Preview followed by my Dreamspark copy on my laptop for the past 6 months or so and have to say it's a great OS. Now bought 2 copies for my Desktop and Laptop, and my Desktop boots in about 5 seconds which is insane. Granted it's a gaming PC, with an SSD and quite powerful hardware, but still that's a lot faster than win7.

All the people complaining about win8 saying it will fail i have to wonder if they have actually used it. There are a few learning curves but not that many really.

The start menu (obviously the bigest change) though I personally don't miss the old one in from Win7, i have to say that other than the slightly better search functionality of the start screen in win8, I have not really found a great use for it as yet.

Wonder how many upgrades are really... many people have buy upgrade at 15 euros ( cheating the promo code ) and installed as new system to replace their pirated one. Some have used only the free MC pack to do it.

Gonna be a blood bath lol

GJ M$ on splitting up the windows users so they can go at each others throats !

Revolting Cheerleader Fanboi's desperately trying to warp reality and facts and spin everything in their (Windows 8's) favor as M$ laughs at all the unpaid employees teaching the haters a lesson lol
People that go around acting like that will loose respect in a hurry.
If people are not allowed to hate windows 8 for some *reasonable reasons then i think i know who the idiots are..

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