Windows 8 received more than a billion hours of testing before release

Its Metro, its divisive, its Windows 8 - and its had a lot of testing to reach this point.

Microsoft didnt pump out an operating system and call it a day - at least not according to the new figures theyve released. According to Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live division, testing took place in 190 countries.

Between the 190 countries which tested Windows 8 pre-release, 1,240,000,000 hours were spent playing with the new system. If youd like that in minutes, its 74,400,000,000 minutes and yes, that is quite a lot of time indeed. Plus, that probably wont count the unofficial leaks people werent meant to access, so the figure could be higher again. Granted, it wont be another billion added on, but its still a mind-boggling statistic.

Sinofsky wasnt kidding when he pointed out that no other product in the world can boast of having had as much testing done pre-release as Windows 8. Thats pretty special, but it would need to be if it wants to beat Windows 7s roaring success. More than half a billion Windows 7 licenses were sold since the OS released.

Source: TechCrunch
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