Windows 8 UI, Modern Metro UI, New Windows 8 Adoption

Not too long ago, we reported that Microsoft had sold over 40 million Windows 8 licenses. In a little over a month, Microsoft has announced that the number has increased by 20 million to a total of 60 million licenses so far.

This puts Windows 8 on par with the adoption rate of Windows 7. Microsoft sold 60 million licenses of Windows 7 after just over two months of sales. The 60 million total licenses sold don’t necessarily mean that is how many people are using Windows 8 right now (as it includes OEM sales), and it is worth noting that Windows 8 upgrade licenses are currently discounted, which could be driving early adoption rates. Still, Windows 8 license sales appear to be going steadily.

The PC market, which has been on a decline for over a year, hasn’t experienced the typical sales boost that comes when a new version of Windows is released, but many factors — including the economy and the delay in the release of the Surface Pro tablet — could be playing a part in keeping the adoption rates down.

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By Josh Robert Nay

Josh Robert Nay is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TruTower. He has worked in the telecommunications industry since 2003 and specializes in GSM based technology. He also uses (too many) VoIP apps and is a long-time user of BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone. He adores anything having to do with space exploration and writing. In addition to the links below, he can be found on LinkedIn and can also be found on his website at