Microsoft may have opted out of appearing at International CES 2013, but it seems it didn’t even have to be there as its OEM partners have proudly taken up the Windows 8 flag, with plenty of notebooks, tablets, hybrids and new innovations on show at the Las Vegas event.
Windows CMO and CFO Tami Reller was at the event, speaking at the JP Morgan Tech Forum, where she announced that Windows 8 has sold 60m licenses to date. This figure includes upgrades from older platforms as well as sales to OEMs manufacturing new devices, and shows a similar sales trajectory as was seen with Windows 7.
Microsoft also reports that there are now over 1,700 Windows 8 and Windows RT-certified systems available on the market. The Windows Store is also growing and now has four times the number of apps that it had at launch in October, with 10,000 applications added in the last month alone, and downloads have surpassed 100m.
While these numbers have a lot to say for Windows 8’s present performance, the devices on show at CES are aimed at tempting more users to jump on board with the new operating system.
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