The Windows 8 platform might not be the most liked of Windows OS‘ but that hasn’t stopped it from surpassing 100 million in sales since launching six months ago.
Microsoft Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer Tami Reller revealed the sales milestone on Monday but didn’t break down the number of licenses for Windows RT sales vs. other versions of the platform. According to Reller there are now more than 2,400 devices certified to run the Windows 8 operating system.
After revealing 100 million Windows 8 sales Reller began talking about Windows Blue, also known as Windows 8.1.
“Windows Blue is a codename for an update that will be available later this year, building on the bold vision set forward with Windows 8 to deliver the next generation of tablets and PCs. It will deliver the latest new innovations across an increasingly broad array of form factors of all sizes, display, battery life and performance, while creating new opportunities for our ecosystem.”
While customers have complained about certain aspects of Windows 8 it is those problems that led to Windows 8.1. Reller explains:
“The Windows Blue 8.1 update is also an opportunity for us to respond to the customer feedback that we’ve been closely listening to since the launch of Windows 8 and Windows RT,” said Reller. “From a company-wide perspective, Windows Blue is part of a broader effort to advance our devices and services for Microsoft.”
Recent leaks of Windows Blue have suggested that Microsoft is bringing the ‘Start’ button back to the Windows 8 platform. The OS rumors also suggest that the system may allow users to skip the Startscreen all together and move right into a desktop setup.
Once released Microsoft has hinted that the Windows 8.1 OS will come to sub-8-inch tablets and other devices.
It still stands to be seen if recently updated screen resolution requirements will pave the way for more sales, however, Microsoft is missing out on a huge smaller-sized tablet market.
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