Microsoft recently confirmed that it has sold more than 100 million Windows 8 licenses, although that includes licenses sold on new shipments of Windows 8-powered devices. That’s a 40 million bump from the 60 million licenses that had been sold as of January. Microsoft’s CFO Tami Reller says the company knows that the new operating system was a “big, ambitious” change and that it definitely takes time for consumers to get adjusted to the new experience.
“While we realize that change takes time, we feel good about the progress since launch, including what we’ve been able to accomplish with the ecosystem and customer reaction to the new PCs and tablets that are available now or will soon come to market,” Reller said in a blog post on Microsoft’s website, arguing that the “PC is very much alive and increasingly mobile.”
Reller also confirmed that Windows Blue is indeed a Microsoft codename for a Windows update that will launch later this year. “It will deliver the latest new innovations across an increasingly broad array of form factors of all sizes, display, battery life and performance, while creating new opportunities for our ecosystem,” she explained. “It will provide more options for businesses, and give consumers more options for work and play. The Windows Blue update is also an opportunity for us to respond to the customer feedback that we’ve been closely listening to since the launch of Windows 8 and Windows RT.” Those statements certainly back up claims that we’ll begin to see a larger number of smaller Windows 8 tablets.
The latest rumors suggest that Windows Blue will include a new Start button, but will lack the actual Start menu, as well as an option that will allow users to skirt the “metro” UI and boot directly to the desktop.