Windows 8 sales off to brisk start

Microsoft reports selling 40 million Windows 8 licenses, Gmail makes large file transfers easier, and several apps get a holiday makeover.

Wednesday's CNET Update is watching Windows:

A Microsoft executive revealed that 40 million licenses of Windows 8 have been sold since it came out last month. These numbers include both consumers and manufacturers, so Windows 8 isn't in 40 million homes. But to compare, Windows 7 hit sales of 60 million the first two months. Some say Windows 8 is off to an awkward start , and there is a learning curve with the new system .

Also in today's tech news roundup:

- Gmail works with Google Drive to let users send 10GB files .

- Vimeo makes it easier to create and share videos on its new iPhone app .

- Skype's updated iOS app lets users connect with a Microsoft account.

- Rdio gave its streaming music player a new look on Android and iOS .

- Xbox has an update to fix issues with SmartGlass and Xbox Music.

- Outlook.com boasts 25 million active users and now has its own Android app.

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