Microsoft is not releasing Windows 8 / Surface sales numbers yet

Microsoft has had a very busy week, and a very busy year. They have been working very hard and in the last few day have launched major updates to all their products. On the 26th Microsoft released its brand new Windows 8 operating system and their Surface tablet. Only 3 days later they launched Windows Phone 8 which is a full revamp of their mobile operating system.

Even though there are very clear indications that there is a lot of enthusiasm for these new products we still have no firm data on what the sales numbers are. And according to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer we’ll still have to wait a while longer.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Ballmer talks about all of these new launches, the partnerships Microsoft is forming and where the company is going next. When asked about Windows 8 and Surface sales numbers the CEO wouldn’t give out any specific information. Instead he said this:

Numerically there's not really much that's interesting to report. If you were to call the retailers, they would say, 'Hey, off to a very good start.' We're out of stock a lot of places on touch [screen] machines.

This probably indicates that sales numbers are strong or at least on par with moderate expectations but that they haven’t broken any record. Of course, what certain people fail to realize is that this is exactly the way every new OS sells. Usually off to a decent start and then, depending on a lot of factors, increasing over time. And all indications seem to be that Windows 8 and Surface sales are doing better than expected.

We’ll have to wait and see what the official sales numbers will be when they come out at the end of this fiscal quarter.

Source: The Wall Street Journal | Image via MSN

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Not a good sign. Reality must quite different from the delusional hyperbole that has totally surrounded Windows-8 and the Surface.

TsarNikky said,
Not a good sign. Reality must quite different from the delusional hyperbole that has totally surrounded Windows-8 and the Surface.

I'm sure your partly right, the hyperbole and delusion that Win 8 and Surface will be a failure, is quite delusional. Every single person I show my device to wants it. That is no hyberbole, that is reality.

well the fact u can upgrade for 15$ most ppl couldnt resist, i know i didnt would have bought more the wife would let me touch her laptop

Windows 7 sold 100 million in 6 months.

Ballmer said windows 8 is doing better than windows 7 so far after launch.

Windows 8 was released 3 days ago and people already expect numbers? Are you kidding me? Give it at least 2 weeks so that it can filter through the retail chain. This isn't iOS or OSX where Apple controls everything. They depend on retailers, VARs and OEMs. I think by the end of November we can expect some figures. as for the Surface, Microsoft said they were building 5 million units. I guess they underestimated the initial demand for it, so they will easily blow past the 5 million by the end of the holiday season. Which for a version 1.0 device is pretty good.

If you were to call the retailers, they would say, 'Hey, off to a very good start.' We're out of stock a lot of places on touch [screen] machines.

LOL. Touch Screen Machines? That's what he calls tablets or tablet like devices? LMAO

Mohitster said,

LOL. Touch Screen Machines? That's what he calls tablets or tablet like devices? LMAO

No that's what he calls tablets, desktops and laptops with a touch screens, smartass

Mohitster said,

LOL. Touch Screen Machines? That's what he calls tablets or tablet like devices? LMAO

more devices then just tablets and cell phones with touch screens...... ask any All in one maker....

If its good enough they will release it. , they released outlook numbers less than a day after release likewise Windows 8 consumer preview. The fact that they are choosing not to talk about it means its not that good... or perhaps they want to keep some info for BUILD

HoochieMamma said,
We all know why they don't want to release the figures

That it's way too short of a time period to get any accurate idea of how it's really doing?

HoochieMamma said,
LOL

We all know why they don't want to release the figures

well its not even out in Australia yet so that might be one reason

Emil Valsson said,
Or the sales have been less than expected.

God I hope it fails or I'm going to have to donate a Sub2 subscription

Emil Valsson said,
Or the sales have been less than expected.

I think selling out in places is a good start - especially due to the risque nature of W8.

Emil Valsson said,
Or the sales have been less than expected.

I thought Ballmer said yesterday in his presentation that Windows 8 is selling faster than Windows 7 did when it came out, but maybe I was just hearing things.

Enron said,

I thought Ballmer said yesterday in his presentation that Windows 8 is selling faster than Windows 7 did when it came out, but maybe I was just hearing things.

You didn't mis-hear... he said that. Which is great

Enron said,

I thought Ballmer said yesterday in his presentation that Windows 8 is selling faster than Windows 7 did when it came out, but maybe I was just hearing things.

He did, more or less.

Enron said,

I thought Ballmer said yesterday in his presentation that Windows 8 is selling faster than Windows 7 did when it came out, but maybe I was just hearing things.

That's because they have to practically give it away -- cheap.