Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer revealed at a Windows Phone launch event that demand for Windows 8 is running at a higher rate than with Windows 7. This contradicts some polls and overall sentiment regarding Windows 8, and unfortunately Ballmer didn't share any hard data.
"We're seeing preliminary demand well above where we were with Windows 7, which is gratifying," Ballmer said at an event launching new Windows phones.
Windows 7 is the best-selling version of Windows so far, selling more than 670 million licenses in three years since release in 2009.
"Over the weekend we saw an incredible response around the globe to Windows 8 and the Microsoft Surface," said Ballmer, referring to Microsoft's first own-brand tablet, designed to challenge Apple Inc's iPad. He did not give out any sales figures.