"We're seeing preliminary demand well above where we were with Windows 7" ... Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer says demand for the company's new Windows 8 operating system, released to the public on Friday, was running at a higher rate than its last release, Windows 7.
"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 licences in the three years since its 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's iPad. He did not give out any sales figures.
On Friday, there were moderate lines at Microsoft's 60 or so stores across the United States for the Surface.