Windows 8 Outpaces Windows 7 Upgrades, Microsoft Claims

Steve Ballmer said that Microsoft sold more upgrades to Windows 8 than to Windows 7

Tami Reller, Microsoft’s head of the Windows business division, has already announced yesterday that her company had managed to sell a total of 40 million Windows 8 copies since its launch.

CEO Steve Ballmer confirmed the information a few hours ago during the annual shareholders meeting, but he has also revealed some very interesting information on the number of upgrades to the latest OS.

According to Ballmer, Windows 8 is outpacing Windows 7 upgrades, but once again, we get absolutely no official figures on this.

In other words, the number of users upgrading from the previous Windows versions to Windows 8 is bigger than the number of those who have switched from Vista or XP to Windows 7 in 2009. Ballmer previously said that Microsoft had sold a total of 4 million Windows 8 upgrades in just one weekend.

As for the overall sales of the OS, 40 million sounds like an impressive milestone, but some insiders have pointed out that Windows 8 actually missed internal sales projections.

Again, we don’t know for sure if Microsoft’s expectations have actually been higher, but one thing is for sure: everyone within the Redmond campus is terribly optimistic about Windows 8.

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