Apparently, despite a polarized reception and all the nay-saying surrounding it, Windows 8 is selling at just about the same pace as Windows 7. After six months, Windows 8 has sold 100 million copies, same as Windows 7.
There is a slight difference though. For Windows 8 the 100 million licenses milestone was announced 193 days after it was released, while Windows 7 had that figured publicized 160 days after its release as part of a fiscal-Q3 earnings report.
The fact that this handsome figure wasn't part of Microsoft's most recent earnings report suggests that Windows 8 had perhaps not yet sold 100 million copies 156 days after it had been released (which is the time-span the earnings call would reportedly cover).
Here is a graph and some more info, taken from the above article.
Windows 8 has come under criticism from many quarters since its launch, yet consumers are still buying it, for better or for worse. At six months, the same number of licenses were sold for both Windows 7 and Windows 8, according to Microsoft’s own sales figures.
Microsoft on Tuesday revealed that its latest and greatest operating system had passed the 100 million mark. This means that the two grew at the same rate during their respective first six months:
Windows 7 launched on October 22, 2009. In April 2010, Microsoft revealed that through the third quarter (ended March 31, 2010), the company had sold over 100 million Windows 7 licenses, keeping its crown as “the fastest selling operating system in history.” That means 100 million licenses were sold in just over six months, or 160 days to be exact.
Windows 8 launched on October 26, 2012. On May 7, Microsoft revealed that it has sold 100 million Windows 8 licenses so far. Again, that means 100 million licenses sold in over six months, or somewhere under 193 days.
Unfortunately, these numbers aren’t directly comparable because we don’t know when exactly Microsoft saw Windows 8 pass the 100 million mark. Officially, the company only says that it “sold more than 100 million Windows 8 licenses in the product’s first six months.”
We do know, however, that this latest Windows 8 figure was not revealed as part of the company’s last earnings report (the quarter ended March 31, 2013). If the company did, Windows 8 sales would have been across 156 days, less than for Windows 7, and thus it would have seen a higher number of average licenses sold per day.
It’s quite likely that Windows 8 hit 100 million sales closer to 193 days than 156, otherwise Microsoft would have released the news sooner. All that we know for sure is that on a monthly basis, Windows 8 is keeping up with Windows 7.
I don't love some stuff about Windows 8, but it's fine.
The OS is noticeably breezier, faster, and better looking than Windows 7. Seriously, it starts up in like 3 seconds for me, it's great. Plus, if you really want a start menu there are options for that out there. I'm also looking forward to Windows Blue, as it seems to implement some stuff that should probably have been there from the start.