Despite Apple’s every attempt to poach customers by the million from Microsoft in favor of its increasingly popular OS X platform, Window 8 seems to have struck a chord with the consumer in a big way.
…or a good 40 million of them so far, for that matter.
The news comes as further millions all over the world wonder whether or not the Microsoft Surface Pro release date will actually come about this decade.
According to official reports released by Microsoft this week, Windows 8 is off to a flying start to say the least and has just exceeded the 40 million user milestone. An impressive figure in any context, but given the fact that the new version of the world’s most popular OS was only launched 33 days ago, 40 million sales/upgrades is no mean feat.
Or to put it another way, Microsoft has shifted at least 1.2 million copies of Windows 8 every day since it landed. By contrast, Windows 7 managed to hit approximately 90 million sales after being on the market for eight months – Windows 8 is heading close to half of this amount in just over one.
Apple, on the other hand, reported sales for OS X Mountain Lion in the region of 7 million over the course of two months, which clarifies just how extensive Microsoft’s lead in the desktop and laptop PC market is.
The latest figures incorporate those attributed to sales of the Microsoft Surface RT Tablet which runs the low-calorie Windows RT version of Windows 8, though sadly not those of the full-fat Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet for which a release date still has not been announced. Microsoft’s tablet PC offensive has every chance of increasingly Windows 8 success during the course of 2013, though talk of a Surface Pro Tablet range hitting the market for close to $1,000 a piece has not exactly been met with fondness.