Who says the PC is dead? While it’s “long live the tablet” for many users around the world, the PC still continues to be a strong platform. Microsoft reports that 40 million Windows 8 licenses have been sold within a month of launch. According to Blogging Windows, Windows boss Tami Reller has informed investors that Windows 8 is outpacing Windows 7 in terms of upgrades.

It seems Microsoft is making it easy (and cheap) for users to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8, with its latest $39.99 upgrade deal for Windows 8 Pro. But more than Windows 8 upgrades, Microsoft also has lauded the launch of its own Windows Store, which had “more apps … at launch than any other app store at their launch.” A number of Windows Store apps have since crossed the $25,000 revenue mark, 80% of which go to their developers.

Windows 8 still has a long way to go, says Engadget, citing Windows 7’s 600 million copies sold as of June this year. And since we’re talking about numbers, Microsoft also cites success in the console business in recent times, having sold 750,000 Xbox 360 console devices in the week leading to Black Friday.

It’s not all rosy for Microsoft, though. Redmond is mum about Surface sales figures to date. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was cited to say Surface sales were “modest” at best, which probably translates to “dismal” and “disappointing” in real world terms.

Reading between the lines, does this mean that Microsoft remains a strong force in the PC business, but that its efforts to capture some tablet market share are not going too well?

J. Angelo Racoma
J. Angelo Racoma has written extensively about mobile, social media, enterprise apps and startups. Angelo develops business case studies for Microsoft enterprise platforms, and is also co-founder at WorkSmartr, a small outsourcing team that offers digital content and marketing services.