Four million Windows 8 upgrade licenses sold in three days

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Microsoft is on a roll with Windows 8. The company’s CEO, Steve Ballmer, announced that the devices and services giant has sold more than four million upgrade licenses for Windows 8 in the three days that the OS has been on the market. Ballmer revealed this impressive statistic during the keynote for the BUILD conference, which is being held at Microsoft’s main campus in Redmond this week.

In fact, adoption of Windows 8 is even higher than that of Windows 7. “The level of embrace from enthusiasts, from people who want to get out there, is very, very high,” said Ballmer. This figure doesn’t even include sales of new Windows 8 and Windows RT PCs. Customers flocked to Microsoft Stores, in particular, over the weekend in the hopes of picking up a new device like the Surface. On the business side, tens of millions of licenses have been distributed to corporations, although whether or not they will choose to upgrade immediately will be on a case-by-case basis.

With Windows 8 Pro upgrades starting at just $39.99, there’s no reason not to upgrade your old PC. Especially since it will increase performance by 10-40%. Will you be moving to Windows 8?

[Ars Technica]
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William Devereux

William Devereux is the former Microsoft editor at Pocketables, as well as a Microsoft MVP and SkyDrive/ Insider. As his title implies, he wrote about all things from Redmond, including Windows 8 and Windows Phone. He is currently carrying a Windows Phone 8X by HTC and a Microsoft Surface with Windows RT tablet.

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5 thoughts on “Four million Windows 8 upgrade licenses sold in three days

  • Avatar of Nagaraj

    will be upgrading this saturday! vista is becoming too much of a nuisance………

  • Avatar of Closet nerd

    I’m sticking with 7 call me traditional but I’m not a fan of this blending of OS’s

  • Avatar of Shawn

    Sticking with Linux and inside Virtual Box running a free copy of Windows Server (thanks to

  • Avatar of truepeers

    Don’t use my PC much anymore, as i prefer the ipad ( form factor most of all) and i don’t quite see how 8 changes the equation.

  • Avatar of Abraham

    I bought it as soon as it came out.
    I have to say I am really enjoying it. It is very similar to 7, but the tiles are helpful just to simply have it almost as a screensaver. They just auto update so its cool.


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