Right on the one month anniversary of the general availability of Windows 8, Microsoft announced that "40 million Windows 8 licenses has been sold to-date."
Tami Reller, the Chief Marketing and Financial Officer for Windows at the Credit Suisse Annual Tech Conference on November 27 said, "The journey is just beginning, but I am pleased to announce today that we have sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses so far."
Microsoft launched Windows 8 commercially on October 26.
Also, "the Windows Store opened on the GA day, now has doubled the apps, and a number of apps in the Store have crossed the $25,000 revenue mark," revealed Reller.
Reller also revealed that Microsoft will have the Surface Pro running Windows 8 Pro, availalble in January 2013.
Reller also shared that Microsoft now has certified 1,500 PCs and tablets for Windows 8, up from the 1,000 devices it had certified a month ago at launch.
So, how does Windows 8 sales compare to Windows 7?
Microsoft said it had sold 60 million Windows 7 licenses from the end of October 2009 (of launch date) to the end of January 2010 December 2009. Meaning, "60 million Windows 7 licenses were sold in first two months. So far, Microsoft has sold 40 million licenses of Windows 8 in one month."
In other Windows 8 news, security company Trend Micro today reports that several fake Windows 8 key generators and activators are now available online to make the Microsoft's new operating system "fully activated" without paying for a license.
Two different samples of these apps are apparently infected with ADW_SOLIMBA and JOKE_ARCHSMS, respectively, Trend Micro informs. In addition, some of the fake key generators are also launching various websites for click fraud, while others request the users to send a text message to a specific number in order to get their free Windows 8 product key.
Windows Azure Active Directory processes 200 billion authentications for 50 million active user accounts -- since the inception of the authentication service on the Windows Azure platform in 2010.
"Millions of customers have embraced the cloud and we are excited to share the news that we've reached a major milestone in cloud scale computing."
In an average week "we receive 4.7 BILLION authentication requests for users in over 420 THOUSAND different domains. This is a massive workload when you consider others in the industry are attempting to process 7B logins per year, Azure processes close to that amount in a week," the company stated.
To put it into perspective, "in the 2 minutes it takes to brew yourself a single cup of coffee, Windows Azure Active Directory (AD) has already processed just over 1 MILLION authentications from many different devices and users around the world. Not only are we processing a huge number of authentications but we're doing it really fast! We respond to 9,000 requests per second and in the U.S. the average authentication takes less than 0.7 seconds," Microsoft adds.
In other news, Microsoft acknowleged the random reboot of new Windows Phone 8 devices from both Nokia and HTC stating that it has identified the cause and is planning on releasing an over-the-air (OTA) fix in December.
Microsoft has not revealed exactly what the cause of the random reboots were and the company has not provided details as to what Windows Phone 8 devices were affected by this issue.
"We're continuing to investigate some reports of phones rebooting and have identified a cause with our partners. We are working to get an over-the-air update out in December," Microsoft stated in an official statement.
For those fan of the 1964 stop-motion animation holiday classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, now has monster on Windows Phone.
Update: New technical documentation for System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager available downloads include: "System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager Technical Documentation; System Center 2012 SP1 - Virtual Machine Manager Cmdlet Reference; System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager Cmdlet Reference."
You can download these documents here.
Microsoft posted a guidance to help those affected by the Windows Server USNO.NAVY.MIL issue that resulted in system time reverting to the year 2000.
In a November 23, blog post the company detailed the cause, symptoms and mitigation path for those affected noted that "the Active Directory forests most impacted by the time rollback shared two traits: The forest root primary domain controller) or master time servers lacked time-jump protection -- probably because they were running Windows Server 2003; and/or the forest contained Windows Server 2003 domain controllers."
"If system time moved back to year 2000 on November 19th between the hours of 21:07 UTC and 21:59 UTC (16:07-16:59 EST), it's a pretty safe bet you were affected by the time rollback as USNO.NAVY.MIL," blogged Microsoft Premier Field Engineers Mark Morowczynski, Justin Turner and A. Conner."It's also possible that your domain moved from current time back to November 19th 2000 then back to current time."
First and foremost, the blog authors warned those affected by the time-jump issue not to reboot immediately --"AD Replication, Kerberos and possibly secure channels on trusts and computer accounts could be impacted by the time jump. A reboot may trigger the reading of invalid time on OS shutdown or on subsequent OS startup, especially on virtualized guest computers," Microsoft official said.
Check here for detailed, step-by-step instructions for repairing the issue.
Update 2: Also, according to report, the product codename "Windows Blue" is not just an OS update, but a "move towards a standardised annual update cycle across both Windows and Windows Phone."
For Windows 8, the update is expected to arrive in mid-2013, will include "UI changes and alterations to the entire platform and pricing that include the ability to customise the Start screen with more flexible tile sizes as well as a broader range of colour and background customisation options."
Also, a new version of the Windows SDK will be released with Blue, and "Microsoft will stop accepting apps that are built for Windows 8, pushing developers to create apps for Blue."
A tentative release date for Blue beyond the mid-2013 time frame is not yet known.