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Windows 8 sales at 60 million since launch, says Microsoft

Microsoft has sold 60 million licenses and upgrades for its new Windows 8 operating system in the 10 weeks since its launch, one of the top executives of the company's Windows unit said at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

The figure marks a solid but unspectacular start for Microsoft's new flagship product, which has not managed to revive flagging personal computer sales this year, while new touch-screen Windows devices have not yet captured consumers' imaginations.

Windows 8 sales are broadly in line with those of Windows 7, Microsoft's last operating system launched in 2009, said Tami Reller, chief financial officer of the Windows division, in a presentation to analysts and investors at the annual tech show in Las Vegas.

Reller did not say how many of its new Surface tablets — designed to tackle Apple's iPad head on — Microsoft had sold.

Final figures for PC sales in 2012, due in the next week or so from industry tracking groups, are expected to show the first decline for a decade as consumers move towards mobile computing on powerful tablets and phones. Microsoft's app-based, touch-friendly Windows 8 system is an attempt to adjust to that shift.

(Reporting By Bill Rigby; Editing by Gary Hill) 

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