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Windows 8 sales outpace Windows 7's, despite criticism

Microsoft sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses during its first month of public availability, which it says is more than Windows 7 sold during its same debut period, as criticism from the game dev community continues.
Despite something of a rough start critically, Microsoft says that sales of Windows 8 licenses are selling faster than Windows 7's did. According to a company blog post, 40 million Windows 8 licenses have sold in just over a month of availability. As Reuters notes, this doesn't mean that 40 million people are actually using Windows 8: that 40 million figure includes license sales to PC manufacturers. Research firm StatCounter says the actual user count is more like 15 million - about 1 percent of the 1.5 billion PC users in the world. Windows 8 has come under fire from game developers for adding a required certification for third-party applications to access certain functions, including its touchscreen interface.

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