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Windows 7: 90 Million Licenses Sold in Four Months

It took nearly a decade, but it appears that Microsoft (MSFT) finally has a worthy successor to Windows XP. Evidently, Windows 7 is proving quite the commercial success.

At the company’s annual meeting last November, CEO Steve Ballmer said Windows 7 had sold twice as many units as any operating system in a comparable timeframe, though he didn’t provide a hard number. Now, four months later, we have one: Microsoft has sold 90 million Windows 7 licenses since its October 2009 launch.

“We see continuing momentum in Windows 7 to date,” Microsoft CFO Peter Klein told attendees of the Morgan Stanley (MS) Technology, Media, & Telecom Conference in San Francisco earlier this week. “We’ve now sold 90 million copies, which is just terrific momentum….”

Looking forward, Klein added, “Heading into 2010 and 2011, we’re starting to see incredible interest from our enterprise customers to start deployments of Windows 7. The interest has been very high, and we’re now having conversations with the majority of our enterprise customers who are making plans to deploy Windows 7.”

If there was pent-up demand created by the failure of Windows Vista, Windows 7 seems to have released it.

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  • Windows7 is the best Windows OS so far. It is very user-friendly and copied the best parts of the MAC OSX.
  • JohnDoey
    It's hard to believe they are charging people who bought XP 3-5 times for Windows 7, and even then, there is no in-place upgrade. It's like paying Microsoft to punch you in the mouth.
  • louis_wheeler
    Let's put this in perspective: 90 million Windows Seven sales in four months is pathetic. What is there to crow about?

    If there are a billion computers in the world and 90% of them are Wintel, then Windows Seven has 900 million potential customers. 18% of the world's computers (or 180 million) are running Vista (or they are Vista computers downgraded to XP.) These machines have the necessary hardware to perform well in Windows Seven, so upgrading them is a no brainer.

    Yet, Microsoft has only upgraded 10% of its user base or 2.5 percent a month.

    In comparison, how is Apple doing? Snow Leopard, in the six months since its release, has upgraded 28% of its user base or just under 5% a month. This is twice a fast as Window Seven.

    And Snow Leopard has just gotten started; most of its improvements are not attained until the 64 bit kernel is enabled by default. Apple is waiting for the majority of Mac Applications to be upgraded to 64 bit code. This won't happen for another four to six months.

    The major enhancement of the 64 bit kernel is speed; the 64 bit kernel can better utilize the increased registers in the Core 2 processor chips for a 25% speed improvement. Most of the apps which are upgrade to 64 bit code will also have Grand Central Dispatch and OpenCL enabled. Apps which use those can utilize the multiple cores in the CPU and GPU for a 200 to 1200% speed improvement.

    Apple is unlikely to crow about this until just before it enables the 64 bit kernel, because it has been defamed before when it could not immediately prove its assertions.

    I expect the Wintel Pundits to ignore this fact but Mac sales will pick up just from word of mouth.
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