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Microsoft CEO says Windows 8 sales rate higher than Windows 7

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said on Monday sales of the company's new Windows 8 operating system, released to the public on Friday, were running at a higher rate than its last release, Windows 7.

``We're above where we were with Windows 7,'' Ballmer told the audience at an event launching new phones running Microsoft's phone software called Windows Phone 8.

Windows 7 is the best-selling version of Windows so far, selling more than 670 million licenses in three years since release in 2009.