Microsoft: 3 million downloads of Windows 8 developer preview since BUILD

By Tom Warren, on 7th Dec 11 12:58 am with 13 Comments

Microsoft revealed on Tuesday that there has been 3 million downloads of the Windows 8 developer preview since September.

The software giant introduced its Windows 8 developer preview in September at the company’s BUILD event. Over 3 million copies have been downloaded and Microsoft is pushing towards a beta in early 2012. Windows Web Services VP Antoine Leblond revealed the statistic during a Windows 8 developer event in San Francisco on Tuesday. Leblond also revealed that there are now 1.25 billion PCs worldwide. “It’s a ridiculously huge number,” he said. He predicts that there will be 400 million new x86 PCs in next 12 months. Leblond also compared Microsoft’s statistics with its rivals. Microsoft has shipped 500 million Windows PCs since Windows 7 shipped compared with 247 million Android devices and 152 million iOS devices and 30 million Macs. “The reach of Windows is just so much bigger,” he said. “That’s what you get to participate in by developing Metro-style Windows apps.”

Microsoft previously revealed that it had recorded 500,000 downloads of the Windows 8 developer preview in just 24 hoursMicrosoft is currently preparing a beta copy of Windows 8, to be made available in January. Little is known about the feature set of Microsoft’s Windows 8 beta. Recently leaked screenshots indicate that Microsoft will allow users to change the Start Screen color and the Start Screen background image in beta copies of Windows 8. Microsoft has previously detailed some other minor improvements to the Windows 8 beta. Users will be able to create, name and rearrange Start Screen groups as well as navigate with the Windows 8 Apps screen in a better way. Microsoft is planning to group applications to make it easier for users to identify them in Windows 8 beta. Windows Media Center will also return to Windows 8 beta alongside the typical Windows games, DVD creator and .NET 3.5.

  • Seth_p

    More PC’s than there are cars on the planet, spiffy :)

  • Nguyen Ngoc Hung

    Brace yourself. Millions of apps is coming to the Windows Store :D

  • David Sánchez

    Windows 8, as Microsoft said: It’ll change everything!

    • Sebastian Gorgon

      For better or worse sadly…

    • David Sánchez

      Let’s hope it’s for better ;) .

    • john

      sad if its better?

    • Sebastian Gorgon

      Obviously not

    • Guest

      I think you’re confusing hope with fact.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t wait! Bring on the apps!

  • warex3D

    I’m one of those millions O_o

    • Skysinof

      I am 2 of those millions :D
      Downloaded once at work, then once at home (forgot to bring it home with me)

  • Guest

    3 milion is more than all of the existing Linux distributions together.

  • Thomas Bundgaard

    So more downloads of Win 8 dev.preview than there are Macs. Funny!