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Windows 8 sells 40 million licenses in first month

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Industry naysaying (opens in new tab) , a tightened grip (opens in new tab) on program (or app, if you really want to use that nickname) quality standards, and team lead takeoffs (opens in new tab) barely budged the churning treads of Microsoft's Windows 8 push, as NDTV (opens in new tab) reports the operating system sold 40 million licenses in just a single month since releasing on October 26.

Windows business marketing head Tami Reller kept further details in their colorfully boxy cages for now but claimed Windows 8's performance so far exceeded the number of Windows 7 licenses purchased in the same timeframe in 2009. Specific details on the figure's composition between upgrade and new licenses also remained unknown, but Reller considered the former contributing stronger sales.

It's worth underlining that this milestone isn't a count of installed copies of Windows 8, but licenses, which hardware manufacturers purchase in droves for resale through pre-built desktop and laptop setups. Tech research firm StatCounter claimed only around 15 million PC users run Windows 8 so far—a dust-mote 1 percent of the globe's 1.5 billion PCs. A fair bet for the slow adoption is shaky backwards compatibility for older games, but digital distribution services—such as 90 percent of GOG's recently-made- Windows 8-friendly library (opens in new tab) —thankfully work unhindered.

Omri Petitte is a former PC Gamer associate editor and long-time freelance writer covering news and reviews. If you spot his name, it probably means you're reading about some kind of first-person shooter. Why yes, he would like to talk to you about Battlefield. Do you have a few days?