Microsoft held its regular quarterly conference call with financial analysts today as part of its fourth quarter 2012 financial announcements. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer did not attend today's conference call but it did have the company's chief financial officer Peter Klein as part of the event.
During the conference call, Klien repeated previously announced stats on the sales of Windows 8 licenses (60 million) along with 100 million downloads of Windows 8 app. However, Klein declined to mention how many units of its Windows RT version of its Surface tablet it had sold during the final quarter of the year.
During the Q&A session of the conference call, Klein admitted that the Surface had limited distribution in much of the fourth quarter. Some estimates by analysts have suggested that Microsoft sold one million tablets during the last quarter. However, Klein added that Microsoft will continue to expand both the distribution and the availability of the Surface tablet family.
As we have previously reported, Microsoft plan to put the Windows 8 Pro version of the Surface tablet on sale starting on February 9th in the US and Canada; Microsoft has yet to announce any plans for people to pre-order the tablet before it goes on sale.