Microsoft announces 60 million Windows 8 licenses sold, "in line with Windows 7"

While Microsoft has never been very open about Windows Phone sales, they are quite happy to trumpet their Windows 8 achievements.

Tammi Reller, Chief Financial and Chief Marketing Officer for Windows announced that since the launch in late October of Windows 8 they have sold 60 million licenses to the OS.

The statement was made at the JP Morgan Tech Forum at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 8.

The figure includes "sell in to OEMs for new PCs" and upgrades, said Reller, also saying this was roughly in line with Windows 7 sales.

It is not clear how many of these licenses are actually in the hands of users, or are for OEM inventory or even downgrades to Windows 7. Microsoft however expected to sell 500 million Windows 8 licenses by the end of 2013, which is guaranteed to create a gigantic market for developers

"Windows 8 is a big, ambitious change," Reller acknowledged.

In hands or not in hands....still a lot of licenses. And CES shows off many more compelling looking hardware.