Windows 8 sales numbers disappoint – 100 million less than Windows 7

Microsoft’s sales numbers show that Windows 8 is not nearly as successful as Windows 7. Fifteen months after its release Microsoft sold 100 million fewer licenses of Windows 8 than of Windows 7 in the same timeframe. While the company today reported it sold more than 200 million licenses, its latest OS doesn’t see the numbers Windows 7 achieved at the same time.


In the first couple of months the two operating systems grew at nearly the same pace, but growth of Windows 8 has slowed down.

An obvious reason for that is also the decline in PC sales, although Windows 8 should have been the solution for that. Before its launch, analysts expected Windows 8 to increase sales of desktop and laptops, especially with touchscreens.  The latter ended up to be too expensive for most consumers which gave them a small incentive to switch to Windows 8.

Windows 7 launched at the end of 2009 and in October 2010, Microsoft revealed that it had sold more than 240 million Windows 7 licenses.  By January 2011 that number increased to 300 million, the OS was by then 15 months available.  Windows 8 launched at the end of  2012. Today, nearly 15 months later, Microsoft revealed it has sold over 200 million Windows 8 licenses.

The numbers show that consumers aren’t too convinced about Windows 8, which is nothing new, the OS has received lots of criticism since its launch.