Microsoft sold 4m Windows 8 upgrades in first weekend

Microsoft sold four million Windows 8 upgrade copies in the first four days after launch, the company announced today at its Build 2012 developer’s conference.

CEO Steve Ballmer took to the stage to open the event, and he confirmed the big opening weekend numbers, adding that “tens of millions” of corporate copies have also been sent out for companies to upgrade when they’re ready.

In the UK, Dixons has seen sales 20% ahead of forecast for the opening weekend due to the Windows 8 launch.

In a glitzy show, Ballmer also demonstrated a wide range of Windows 8 devices, including the new Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, which isn’t due to launch for a few weeks. It’s an Atom-based Windows 8 tablet with a stylus, and weighs 1.32lb.

Ballmer brought laughs from the crowd as he moved to an 82in PC from the recently acquired Perceptive Pixel team, calling it “just a big Windows 8 slate”. He showed off Bing Maps and OneNote on the huge device, and promised – with a smirk – that “eventually we’re going to have 82in slates at a price point where people can afford them”.

Microsoft sells 4 million Windows 8 upgrades in first weekend

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