Ballmer: Windows 7 sales on a roll

Ballmer: Windows 7 sales on a roll

Summary: Delivering opening remarks at Microsoft's shareholder meeting on Thursday, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said that Windows 7 was off to a "fantastic start."

Delivering opening remarks at Microsoft's shareholder meeting on Thursday, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said that Windows 7 was off to a "fantastic start."

"We've already sold twice as many units as any OS in a comparable time frame," Ballmer said. "Windows 7 is simply the best PC operating system that we or anyone else has ever built."

By last week, Windows 7 accounted for four percent of web-accessing devices, according to Net Applications; it took Vista more than seven months to reach that level.

For more, read "Ballmer: Windows 7 selling like hotcakes on CNET News.

Topics: Operating Systems, Microsoft, Software, Windows

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  • Oh boy... this should be a fun Talkback... (nt)

    Hallowed are the Ori
    • yeap...

      for sure we'll be hearing what everyone has already said "ad nauseum".
      • Yes

        but you do realize that this describes both pro-MS and anti-MS comments, right?
        Viva la crank dodo
      • Agreed

        itguy08, Economister, Loverock are allready in attendance, and I am actually surprised that fr0thy2 has not stopped by yet to start calling everyone an idiot (or whatever).

  • BallSack is a Moron

    Plain and Simple.

    I'm sure Win7 sales are decent. After all, it's hard to get an OS-less computer.....
    • It is easy enough to get linux

      Or buy a Mac

      However, it seems people are making a choice. And that choice is Windows 7

      Plain and Simple
      • Windows comes pre-installed.

        That's no choice.
        • That is incorrect

          he pointed out that you can order systems [i]pre-installed[/i] with Linux, if you so choose.

          If the manufacturer finds that certain systems are not selling with Linux, then they will install the operating system that does sell on that particular machine.
          • Linux isn't the first choice that comes into their minds

            [i]If the manufacturer finds that certain systems are not selling with Linux, then they will install the operating system that does sell on that particular machine.[/i]

            That's assuming they look at Linux first. They don't, therefore Windoze is installed by default.

            Not to mention a history of pressure and shady agreements between M$ and the OEMs
            Wintel BSOD
          • Fear of Linux

            I think most consumers are not aware they even have a choice. And you certainly can't choose a different OS when you pick out your PC at Best Buy...
        • I Bought Mine Without A Computer!

      • Lies and more lies

        This abomination comes pre-installed, just more
        FUD from a 'point & click' Windows paid cheerleader.
        • And, what about the pink tutu claded linux bois?

          • System with Windows not Installed


            Or if you want a mainstream manufacturer:


            No More excuses for not buying Windows 7
          • Yeah, except...

            ...the fact is that consumers [b]want[/b] Windows.

            It would be tantamount to buying a Mac without Mac OS.

            I cannot wait for the next challenge for Linux fanboys to face, Chrome. It certainly won't be a threat to Windows, but it should stir debate as to with is better, Chrome or Linux.

          • Chrome is Linux

            Linux is GNU tools + Linux Kernel.

            Chrome will use this kernel and tool it to Google's needs.

            Therefore Chrome is Linux.

            This is like calling a different breed of a dog, a new animal name.

            That's like saying that Mac OS isn't FreeBSD based.
          • Chrome is Linux?

            Okay, so it is another [i]"distro"[/i] of Linux.

            Another Linux option?

            I'd say that Mac OS is [b]"not"[/b] FreeBSD in the sense that it is not the FreeBSD that you would install.

            So while OS X is built upon a foundation of FreeBSD, it is not Quote, FreeBSD. I don't care for that analogy. The comparison to the dog breeds however is perfectly valid.

            That lends itself to my point then about Linux and all the distros, which makes me chuckle since it is the shere competition of the distros that tends to hold Linux back.

            Imagine all that support, all the intellegence and effort that is poured into all the various Linux distros being put into a single version, or just three or five, or ten, or twenty distros. Imagine that?

            But with projects that fork into new projects and with a complete and utter lack of continuity with the desktops and alterations to the underlying foundation from distro to distro it is utterly confusing.

            If Chrome is just another, yet another distro then it is dead on arrival -- this despite the terrific video -- imaginations can do great things in an imagenary world. But it has to be implemented.

            Does anyone truly, seriously think that Chrome will:

            a) make a dent in the overall OS market?
            b) compete with Windows?
            c) be anything more than another sideshow distro of Linux?

            Is 2010 the year of Linux, or rather Chrome?

            Are all the vendors making hardware and software going to suddenly develop applications and drivers to support "Chrome"?
          • Chrome is Linux Part Deux

            If Google wants to continue their persona of openness, then they will build Chrome into a Linux Distribution which will support all of the Linux drivers and Applications. If they create a certification program, that would be all the better. Many hardware vendors will simply have to support Linux in order to support Chrome. If their apps work on Linux and Google wants Chrome to succeed, then it will support installation of Linux applications.

            Google taking Chrome to the Desktop would be a first for Linux where you have a company that is succeeding putting a lot of weight behind Linux and building their own Distribution of the software.

            IBM did a lot to advance Linux, but they never put their name on the product, only that they supported it.

            Novell bought into Linux, but they are/were dying and so Linux was an effort to stay relevant to a changing world.

            Google doesn't have to have an OS. They are still thriving. But Microsoft took a jab at them in the search industry, so they are taking a jab back.

            Google would be the first consumer relevant brand that could push Linux on to the desktop. Dell merely sells Ubuntu to appease the nerds.
          • Chrome is Linux?

            Yeah, I seriously think so.

            If anybody out there has the money and power to bring out a competing OS, it's Google. They have the name recognition and resources that only Firefox and Mark Shuttleworth can dream about.

            That's not to say I don't have some issues with Google, but if they manage to put a dent in the M$ monopoly, then so be it.
            Wintel BSOD
          • Woooowwwww....

            [i]System with Windows not Installed[/i]

            You found [b]one[/b] example? Out of how many? Hundreds? Thousands?

            [i]Or if you want a mainstream manufacturer:[/i]

            Your point?

            I go to that link and I notice "Dell recommends Windoze(sic)7" in the upper right hand corner.

            So much for your point...
            Wintel BSOD