* Windows CFO says sales in line with Windows 7
* No data yet on Surface tablet sales
* Overall PC sales expected to show decline for 2012
By Bill Rigby
LAS VEGAS, Jan 8 Microsoft Corp has
sold 60 million licenses and upgrades for its new Windows 8
operating system in the 10 weeks since its launch, one of the
top executives of the company's Windows unit said at the
Consumer Electronics Show on Tuesday.
The figure marks a solid but unspectacular start for
Microsoft's new flagship product, which has not managed to
revive lagging personal computer sales, while new touch-screen
Windows devices have not yet captured consumers' imaginations.
Windows 8 sales are growing in line with those of Windows 7,
Microsoft's last operating system, launched in 2009, said Tami
Reller, chief financial officer of the Windows division, in a
presentation to analysts and investors at the annual tech show
in Las Vegas.
The latest Windows 8 figure means Microsoft sold around 20
million Windows 8 licenses and upgrades since the end of
November, when it announced 40 million sales in the first month
on the market.
That puts sales broadly in line with Windows 7, which
averaged 19.4 million sales per month in its first nine months
on the market, when PC sales were running at a lower level than
Reller did not say how many of the Windows 8 sales were bulk
orders from PC manufacturers and did not break out the
proportion of full license sales and cheaper upgrades from
earlier versions of Windows. She also did not say how many
Surface tablets - designed to tackle Apple Inc's iPad
head on - Microsoft had sold.
Final figures for PC sales in 2012, due in the next week or
so from industry tracking groups, are expected to show the first
year-on-year decline in a decade as consumers move toward mobile
computing on powerful tablets and phones. Microsoft's app-based,
touch-friendly Windows 8 system is an attempt to adjust to that
Microsoft shares fell 0.5 percent to $26.55 on the Nasdaq on
Tuesday. They are down 6 percent since the launch of Windows 8
on Oct. 26.