Windows business, finance and marketing head Tami Reller said Windows 8 is outselling its predecessor, Windows 7, which sold slightly more than 60 million units during its first 10 weeks on sale at the end of 2009, Reuters reported. So far, she said, most of the sales are due to software upgrades rather than purchases of new PCs.
A Windows 8 upgrade costs $40, a full software package $70 and a new PC hundreds if not more than $1,000.
Reller did not reveal sales numbers for Microsoft’s new Surface tablet — the company’s bid to enter the raging tablet war.
The Surface, which also launched Oct. 26, is powered by Windows 8, an operating system designed with mobile devices in mind.
The Surface tablet is Microsoft’s best chance to steal customers from rival tablet providers, chiefly Apple which has been successful with its iPad, Amazon with its Kindle Fire and Google Inc.’s Nexus 7.
Windows 8 and the Surface tablet have received mixed reviews so far, despite the new touch-screen offered by Microsoft.
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