While John Carmack, Gabe Newell, and Blizzard’s Rob Pardo probably won’t be getting it any time soon, everybody else is apparently buying up Windows 8 as fast as they can. According to Microsoft, the new OS has already sold four million upgrade versions since it launched last Friday.
“The level of embrace from enthusiasts, from people who want to get out there, is very, very high,” Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer told attendees at the company’s BUILD conference yesterday.
The impressive number of sales might be attributed in part to the OS’s cheap pricetag – an upgrade version of Windows 8 costs just $39.99 (around R350) for a downloadable copy, and $69.99 (R600-700) for a box copy. For those people who bought new Windows 7-based PCs after June this year, it’s even cheaper at just $14.99 (R130) for a downloadable copy.
Ballmer also reported that they’ve sold “tens of millions” of copies of Windows 8 to corporate clients, “who can upgrade when they want to, but have no time pressure to do that any time soon”.
I suppose I’d better get myself a copy so I can be cool too, huh? Actually, the real reason is so I can get Xbox achievements playing Minesweeper. I’ll never be cool.