Oh, come on, Microsoft: 60 million copies of Windows 8?
January 09, 2013 - InfoWorld
"Microsoft needs to stop showering us with mumbo-jumbo sales numbers for Windows 8 and show us the activations"
"Nobody believes that 60 million PCs are currently running Windows 8."
"Tami Reller told us in a speech at Credit Suisse on Nov. 27, 2012 that Microsoft had sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses. Then on Jan. 8, she said the number was up to 60 million. In her Nov. 27 speech, Reller gave zero details about what she meant by "sold Windows licenses." In the more recent speech (transcript), she said, "[I]t's similar to -- it's identical, in fact, to how we talked about Windows 7 licenses. So it's OEMs. It's sell-in to OEMs for new PCs as well as upgrades. So, it's upgrades and OEM licenses."
"By that measure, Windows 8's sales aren't keeping up with Windows 7, and they're falling."