, RobGreenly wrote

*snip*Hi, I distinctly remember hearing from Paul Thurrott about how MS licensing works. One time, Microsoft announced licensing sales as X # of copies of Windows sold. Then people were saying, that's not necessarily how many were out there. Then we found that an OEM  pays Microsoft to put the OS on a device, not when the device is sold.

That is correct. Microsoft says that X licenses were sold, not how many are "out there" (what does that mean, anyways?). Once a OEM pays Microsoft, it's a sale. If the OEM doesn't sell the device, it's their problem.