Microsoft Sold 60 Million Windows 8; Fixes Surface RT Sound & Other Two Critical Windows Flaws

Microsoft has sold 60 million licenses of Windows 8 as well as the number of Windows Store apps has quadrupled now "passed the 100 million app download mark." Fixes Surface RT Sound and other critical flaws in Windows and other products.

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Windows 8 has sold 60 million licenses to date. "This represents the cumulative sales of Windows 8 including both upgrades and sales to OEMs for new devices," said Windows Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer Tami Reller at the 11th Annual J.P. Morgan Tech Forum at CES 2013.

This week also highlighted a strong growth in developers building for Windows 8. "Since the opening of the Windows Store the number of apps has quadrupled and we passed the 100 million app download mark - just two months after general availability," Reller added.

"This is a similar sales trajectory that we saw with Windows 7."

Adding further, she said they now have more than 1,700 certified systems for Windows 8 and Windows RT.

Also, notable is depite these numbers, Microsoft is selling some Windows 8 devices with "downgrade rights to Windows 7" fast and easy that can be done "with a simple disc and a genuine product key," with Microsoft "allowing you to switch back again to Windows 8 at any time."

Windows 8 Pro can be downgraded to Windows 7 Professional or Windows Vista Business, according to Microsoft's FAQ.

"The system is licensed and ready for conversion," Microsoft explains.

In other news, Microsoft rolled out its first Patch Tuesday of 2013 that also include a Microsoft Surface firmware update to fix sound issues.

"The update comes with a few improvements for Surface with Windows RT, including enhancements to audio playback when in Connected Standby and additional capabilities for handling firmware updates during low battery situations," reads a Microsoft support forums post.

Microsoft is apparently still working on a fix for Wi-Fi bug in Surface RT.

Specifically, it provides System Firmware (UEFI) improvements including: "Improvements to audio playback when in Connected Standby; and Additional capabilities for handling firmware updates during low battery situations."

In order to check for and proactively install this Windows RT update, Microsoft advises users to follow this check list:

  • Open PC Settings, by swiping in from right edge (or, if using a mouse, point to upper-right corner of screen)
  • Tap or click Settings
  • Tap or click Change PC settings
  • Under PC settings, tap or click Windows Update
  • Tap or click Check for Updates

In addition, this release also includes a few other security- and non-security fixes and updates for Windows RT (and not just Surface RT), including one that is designed to improve .Net 4.5 and Windows RT compatibility, according to Microsoft.

Also, fixed today are the two critical vulnerabilities and five important flaws.

The first critical vulnerability MS13-001, fixes flaw in the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 print spooler service that "allow remote code execution if a print server received a specially crafted print job."

And, the second patches a critical glitch in Microsoft XML Core Services that "allow a hacker to convince users to visit the website, typically by getting them to click a link in an email message or Instant Messenger message that takes the user to the attacker's website," Microsoft explained.

The five important patches fix flaws in Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007/R2, .Net Framework, Windows Vista, Server 2008 R2, Server 2012, Windows RT and Windows XP.

Update 01/12: MSRC publishing the January2013 Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page--check out the video below: