Windows 8 Testing Phase Took 1.2 Billion Hours

The user testing phase for Windows 8, which launches worldwide today, took an accumulative of 1.2 billion hours.

Microsoft Windows chief Steven Sinofsky stressed during yesterday's Windows 8 launch event that "This is the best release of Windows ever," as well as the fact that it took 1.24 billion hours of pre-release testing across 190 countries.

When discussing Microsoft's Surface tablet-PC hybrid, as well as Windows 8's touch interface, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said, "Windows 8 shatters perceptions of what a PC is." Microsoft also spoke about its confidence that Windows 7's success in business will be matched by its successor. So far, the software giant has sold 670 million Window 7 licenses to business and consumers, Sinofksy confirmed. "More than half of enterprises use Windows 7."

In order to get Windows 8 off to a good start in the business division, Sinofsky said that 1,000 new PCs have been certified to work with the operating system.

Sinofsky went on to discuss the new Windows Store, which he says has more apps than any competing app store upon its launch. That said, Microsoft offers less than 10,000 apps, while Google and Apple deliver more than 700,000 apps for their own platforms. "Developers are working fast and furiously to stock the shelves of the new Windows Store," Ballmer said. "In the case of Windows 8, seeing, touching, clicking and swiping is really believing."

Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback           

Create a new thread in the Streaming Video & TVs forum about this subject
This thread is closed for comments
32 comments
    Your comment
    Top Comments
  • memadmax
    All microsoft has to do is make a switch on Win8 pro to turn off metro and bring back the start bar or vice versa...

    It literally takes only a few lines of code....

    Why be a stubborn jack a s about it and just let people decide what they want?
    17
  • bigdragon
    What a useless metric. People spent 1.2 billion hours on Windows 8 before the release. I'm more curious about how many things were changed during those 1.2 billion hours to try to alleviate customer complaints and respond to feedback. Testing is a two way street. Testing implies that things will be fixed or adjusted in the face of feedback. Those 1.2 billion hours were more like a shareware trial. Give me numbers that matter, Microsoft.
    16
  • rebel1280
    That means everyone in china looked at code for one hour for one day :)
    14
  • Other Comments
  • ethanolson
    The more I use Win8 the more I like it. The first two days were painful, though. Now it's been over a month and I think I'm scrapping my plans to go back to Win7.
    5
  • Anonymous
    Guess it's going to take another 1.24 billion testing hours to realize you should have featured Active Directory from the start.
    8
  • memadmax
    All microsoft has to do is make a switch on Win8 pro to turn off metro and bring back the start bar or vice versa...

    It literally takes only a few lines of code....

    Why be a stubborn jack a s about it and just let people decide what they want?
    17