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Microsoft Sells 40 Million Windows 8 Licenses

Microsoft this week disclosed that it sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses in the one month. The news, disclosed Tuesday by corporate Vice President Tami Reller, was the first hint Microsoft has offered about Windows 8 sales.

Industry watchers have raised questions about the expected demand for Windows 8, given the sluggish PC market and the large number of Microsoft customers that have already upgraded to Windows 7.

Microsoft said Windows 8 sales were "outpacing Windows 7 in terms of upgrades" but did not break down the 40 million sales figure. It's too soon to declare Windows 8 an unqualified success, but 40 million is nothing to sneeze at.

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