Microsoft: 240 million licenses of Windows 7 sold in its first year

Microsoft: 240 million licenses of Windows 7 sold in its first year

Summary: Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of the launch of Windows 7. To celebrate, Microsoft is releasing new numbers, claiming that the company has sold 240 million licenses of the product to date.

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Today Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of the launch of Windows 7. To celebrate, Microsoft is releasing new numbers, claiming that the company has sold 240 million licenses of the product to date.

From an October 21 blog post to the Windows Team Blog:

"Windows 7 is the fastest selling operating system in history. As of September, Windows 7 was running on 93% of new consumer PCs and has over 17% global OS market share (according to Net Applications as of October 1st). There is an amazing array of great PCs out on the market today. Six months after launch, 100% (over 18,000) of our OEM partners were selling Windows 7 PCs versus 70% for Windows Vista PCs at a comparable time period."

Earlier this year, analysts were estimating that Microsoft might hit the 300-million-sold number with Windows 7 licenses by the end of this calendar year. It's looking possible....

I bought a Windows 7 PC last October and it has treated me well. (Like Microsoft PC evangelist Ben Rudolph, I love my super-long-battery-life ASUS UL30 (I have the UL30A).

For all the uptake of Windows 7, it's worth remembering there is still a lot of Windows XP out there. The latest Net Applications data showed XP’s market share at 60.03%, which was down from 60.89% in the month before.

No updated word today from Microsoft on Windows 7 Service Pack (SP) 1. Last we heard, it will be out before mid-2011. Should be about time for another beta refresh of it, I'd think. And also no word (new or otherwise) on Windows 8, Windows v.Next or any other version of Windows which may be coming to PCs and slates by 2012 or so....

Topics: Software, Hardware, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Windows

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  • About to roll out Win7

    Our organization is on the cusp of replacing our XP boxes with Win7. Our IT staff is already running it to gain familiarity.
    mikefarinha
    • RE: Microsoft: 240 million licenses of Windows 7 sold in its first year

      @mikefarinha

      I work for a small organization 28 total employees and other than myself 1 is male. So + or - 2 we have the majority of middle aged soccer moms for cannot grasp cut and paste and since i am an IT dept of 1 dread when i am forced to upgrade systems to Windows 7. It is not that i have a dislike of it it is that i will have to start back @ square one with staff
      MLHACK
      • Have faith.

        @MLHACK

        I specifically chose a "middle aged soccer mom" for my first deployment. It takes about 30 to 40 min to go over the changes in Win 7. What won her over, The fact that the wallpaper changes with pretty pictures that calmed her. Hey, whatever works. But that was enough for her to "like it" and get over the pain of change. Help them put pics of their kids playing soccer as wallpaper, and they will love you and it even more. As a whole it?s not that different.

        Upgrading from Office 2003 one the other hand?..
        pmcgrath@...
      • How can people be so dumb?

        @MLHACK: Seriously. Windows 7 is not much different than Windows XP. It puzzles me how people can be so dumb when it comes to transitioning. My GF's mother, who is about as far from technology as one can get, has had no problem with her recent change from Windows XP to Windows 7. She even understood UAC prompts (because I didn't explain the technical details just what to expect).
        ye
      • RE: Microsoft: 240 million licenses of Windows 7 sold in its first year

        @MLHACK It's your job. Windows 7 is not a difficult transition for users.
        Schoolboy Bob
      • RE: Microsoft: 240 million licenses of Windows 7 sold in its first year

        @MLHACK
        Lol if the workers can't grasp cut and paste might be time for new employees who have the most basic of computer know how. cut and paste is one step above knowing how to press the power button. i feel bad for you and the company to have that many employees on computers who have no computer knowledge at all
        Fletchguy
      • Seriously? because they're women, they're stupid?

        @MLHACK

        Dude, that's pretty much all you said. "other than myself 1 is male", and "majority of middle aged soccer moms"...your co-workers are alot smarter than you give them credit for, I promise you.

        Plus, Win7 is really not that far off from XP, it's just in a different wrapper. Now, like someone mentioned above, MS Office '07, yes, that's a headache.

        but, really, to get to the differences and nuances between 7 and XP, one has to delve deeper than what most end users get into...and hopefully at that level you are controlling that via gpo
        SonofaSailor
      • RE: Microsoft: 240 million licenses of Windows 7 sold in its first year

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  • RE: Microsoft: 240 million licenses of Windows 7 sold in its first year

    Expect that number to keep growing. Yes there are a lot of XP machines out there but they too will go to Microsoft Windows 7.

    Microsoft Windows 7 -- officially endorsed by Linus Torvalds!
    Loverock Davidson
  • What I find funny

    Is clicking through some of the links you have in the article, some people claim they don't want to upgrade because they have to learn a new UI. Yet, they claim if that Microsoft doesn't switch back to the old drop down menus of yesteryear, they will switch to Linux or Mac. People, I call your bluff.

    You want Microsoft to add classic functionality back, yet want to claim Windows is bloated, blah, blah, blah...
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: Microsoft: 240 million licenses of Windows 7 sold in its first year

      @Cylon Centurion 0005 I don't think I'd claim Windows 7 is bloated. The complaint was against Vista. It been relatively obvious that 7 is much more streamlined. It still uses a great deal more code than XP, so if that's the definition of bloat, then all software bloats. The only thing I've seen do the opposite is Snow Leopard, but that's because they removed all PowerPC code from it.
      I12BPhil
    • RE: Microsoft: 240 million licenses of Windows 7 sold in its first year

      @Cylon Centurion 0005
      As a daily user and as a beta tester of windows 7 the ui is the biggest drawback of the windows 7 os. The classic function made windows use so much faster and efficient and was a major topic for beta testers. the new version is bulky slow and not productive. The simple quick location of the drop down menus in xp was perfect without flaw. I myself like many others have implimented 3rd party apps that change the win 7 ui to go back to classic xp drop down menu. If windows 8 or possibly and option in a service pack for 7 adds that simple option many more xp user will switch over as wind 7 is alot different when it comes to ui.I myself get around on it but much more prefer the classic setup as its so much quicker and efficient then the new flyouts which you have to dig through and open so many to get to the simplest of options.Hopefully microsoft listened and brings this high deman feature back. As far as bulk thats not bulk its a very small thing to add.Bloat is like getting crap thats not used but the classic ui is a huge deal for many users.
      Fletchguy
      • It ain't happening...

        @Fletchguy
        The whine...er...rather demand that Microsoft put the classic theme back into Windows 7 was largely ignored during the Beta and RC stages. The argument back in the day was that IT departments wanted their desktops to be preset and identical so they can go in quickly and find problems quicker. Guess they get very easily confused by anything that isn't a plain vanilla installation of Windows.

        For what it's worth, I certainly don't have the latest and greatest system and I find Windows 7 to be quite snappy - FAR snappier than Vista was on the same hardware - even after SP1 and SP2. I've got a rather ancient AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200 with 3 GB of RAM that was "new" way back when Vista was still in Beta.
        Wolfie2K3
  • The beginning of the end...

    Yes, that's right. This is a clear sign that Microsoft is toast.

    Where's that linux advocate guy and DummyBoy? C'mon you're with me right?
    BFD
    • Um... KIN!!!

      @BFD
      Yeah! KIN proves that Windows 7 sucks! And... um... Vista! HA! And... um... oh yeah, their share price sucks! HAHAHA!!! That proves that Windows 7 sucks!

      I wonder... did MS sell more Windows 7 licenses in its first year than Apple has sold OS X licenses in the last 10 years? Would be funny if true. :)
      NonZealot
      • RE: Microsoft: 240 million licenses of Windows 7 sold in its first year

        @NonZealot Yes, and what's Apple's satisfaction rating compared to Microsoft? How about looking at that....

        Cue the double standards.
        cyberslammer
      • One could argue it's worse than Microsofts...

        @cyberslammer: <i>what's Apple's satisfaction rating compared to Microsoft?</i><br><br>...given the huge amount of people using Windows compared to OS X.
        ye
      • RE: Microsoft: 240 million licenses of Windows 7 sold in its first year

        @ye How about the number of people using laptops in the above $1000 range compared to Microsoft? Apple has the lion's share, and their ratings blow away Windows.
        cyberslammer
      • How about the people using only Windows PCs?

        @cyberslammer: [i]How about the number of people using laptops in the above $1000 range compared to Microsoft?[/i]

        See? Anyone can put on idiotic requirements in an attempt to make a point.
        ye