150 Million copies of Windows 7 sold, seven copies every second

Microsoft said on Wednesday that it had sold 150 Million licenses of Windows 7, seven copies every second.

The extraordinary fact was announced on the Windows Team Blog by Microsoft blogger Brandon LeBlanc. "We are excited to announce that Windows 7 has sold 150 million licenses to-date. As I’ve said before, Windows 7 is the fastest selling operating system in history with 7 copies of Windows 7 sold every second", said LeBlanc.

Microsoft made the headlines in January when it announced that it had sold over 60 million licenses of Windows 7. In March the company hit the 90 million milestone and estimates that 300 million licenses will be sold during 2010.

Microsoft released Windows 7 on October 22, 2009. The operating system has received praise from consumers, businesses and the media. In November 2009, Windows 7 managed to surpass Apple's Snow Leopard market share in just two weeks. In early February it was revealed that Windows 7 had reached 10% market share in just three months. Windows 7 has also driven an uptake of 64-bit computing. According to ChangeBASE research, conducted with senior IT decision makers, more than 65% of businesses hoped to migrated to Windows 7 within 12 months of its release. Over 50% of those migrating will be choosing the 64-bit route.

Screenshots of a Windows 7 post RTM build showed up on the web in February, fueling speculation that Microsoft is compiling early Windows 8 builds. The successor to Windows 7 will likely be available in 2011 as an ex-Microsoft worker penned July 2011 as the RTM date for Windows 8.

Microsoft is currently readying its first Service Pack for Windows 7. Technical beta testers recently received build 7601.16562.100603-1800. A public beta version will be available in July with a public release in September this year.

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If I remember correctly, few weeks ago, it was 100 Million, and now 150 Million! This is no joke, this is huge number considering the fact that Windows 7 was released just 8 months ago.

I have to admit, 7 is the first version of windows I've truly liked. I've been running it since release with 0 issues, it's snappy, it looks good, and the icons are in good places.

I couldn't be happier with Win 7, however, 32 bit XP and 64bit Win 7 home networking is a tad clunky at the moment. Lets hope they change that but I still couldn't be happier with Win 7. And pirating it is kinda lame since that enables your PC to be one festering environment for malware since you can't install updates. Want a Free OS? Go to *nix. And for that matter if you do any banking it's common knowledge these days to do it from a Live CD. You can run more than one OS. I don't understand fan boys who rag on Windows users for no reason. Isn't that why they invented virtual machines?

My guess as to why XP and 7 don't play quite so nice with file sharing, is that MS have made some significant alterations (read: improvements) to Windows's SMB (Samba on Linux) system, that underlies file sharing. So, 7 has to fall back to the old system that XP uses - makes the experience not ideal, but it should definitely work.

Ignore me if you weren't referring to home file sharing - but that seems to be the usual use case for two machines interacting.

thealexweb said,
So we might only be a year from Windows 8? with that news I might 7 all together

I missed out the word miss there and theres no edit function on the mobile version of the site.

thealexweb said,
So we might only be a year from Windows 8? with that news I might 7 all together

I missed out the word miss there and theres no edit function on the mobile version of the site.

The `uptake` in 64Bit computing is probably not so much down to people actually wanting or knowing the difference, just they bought a new pc and it had 64Bit 7 on it.

Windows 8 will probably be another test bed OS like Vista

Well.. uhmm i think the titel is wrong..
Because if microsoft sells 7 copies every second.. Microsoft is way past the 150 million copies by now.

Well at 7 copies every second, Windows 7 has to have been out for about 248 days to sell 150 million copies. Sounds about right to me, given that it was released October 2009.

Ramadan said,
Well.. uhmm i think the titel is wrong..
Because if microsoft sells 7 copies every second.. Microsoft is way past the 150 million copies by now.

7 copies per second is 420 copies per minute is 25200 per hour is 604800 per day, 248 days, then it makes us 149.990.400 copies

Mazhar said,
Isn't this the fastest selling product of all time? Call Guinness World Record!

Dunno, man. Those silly bands are gettin popular.

When you consider the amount of pirated copies floating around the total uptake for win 7 is probably above the 200 million mark..

We don't need new operating systems even every 3 years. I would say 2014-2015 would be ok, but not earlier than that.

LUser said,
We don't need new operating systems even every 3 years. I would say 2014-2015 would be ok, but not earlier than that.

yeah .. I rather have Windows 8 until 2012 .. but if it's that amazing .. bring it on!


way to go Microsoft!

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