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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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!

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

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

Dunno, man. Those silly bands are gettin popular.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Been running windows 7 since RC and i have never had the OS crash, freeze up, or bluescreen. I dont want to sound like a troll and please just ignore this if you must but when i try and do things at the pace im used to now on Win7 on iMacs with Snow Leopard they give me the beach ball all the time.

Iridium said,
Been running windows 7 since RC and i have never had the OS crash, freeze up, or bluescreen. I dont want to sound like a troll and please just ignore this if you must but when i try and do things at the pace im used to now on Win7 on iMacs with Snow Leopard they give me the beach ball all the time.

As a SL user you will not get an argument from me, or call you something silly.

Iridium said,
Been running windows 7 since RC and i have never had the OS crash, freeze up, or bluescreen. I dont want to sound like a troll and please just ignore this if you must but when i try and do things at the pace im used to now on Win7 on iMacs with Snow Leopard they give me the beach ball all the time.
We have iMacs at school and I get the beach ball every time I try and open firefox. I prefer to use my HP.

satukoro said,
We have iMacs at school and I get the beach ball every time I try and open firefox. I prefer to use my HP.

We still have Powerbooks at our school. Just booting is painful...

Let's hear it for the color wheel of doom!

warr said,
i am still happy with the winxp. it does the work and that's it.

I believe that is because you have not given Windows 7 a try as of yet.

warr said,
i am still happy with the winxp. it does the work and that's it.

same here, on computers where I actually have to do work, all I need is to click on a button in the taskbar and the program runs...simple as that winxp does perfectly well.

for my laptop where I mess about with themes etc I use 7

3lixir said,

same here, on computers where I actually have to do work, all I need is to click on a button in the taskbar and the program runs...simple as that winxp does perfectly well.

for my laptop where I mess about with themes etc I use 7

I dunno, I used an xp laptop recently, and found it to be slower. Maybe it's just the computer specs, or I could be subconsciously biased.

Regardless, I'm running a Novus theme as I type this.

Now that Windows is stable I hope for Windows 8 a totally gorgeus and awesome new reinvented GUI, honestly I like more Vista's GUI than 7's

Migra said,
Now that Windows is stable I hope for Windows 8 a totally gorgeus and awesome new reinvented GUI, honestly I like more Vista's GUI than 7's

really !!

Migra said,
Now that Windows is stable I hope for Windows 8 a totally gorgeus and awesome new reinvented GUI, honestly I like more Vista's GUI than 7's

7 UI = vista UI + refinement

Migra said,
Now that Windows is stable I hope for Windows 8 a totally gorgeus and awesome new reinvented GUI, honestly I like more Vista's GUI than 7's

you can make 7 look almost identical to vista if you like...

3lixir said,

you can make 7 look almost identical to vista if you like...

Which is one of the many perks to it. Check deviantART for visual styles, they're everywhere.

smartin0115 said,

Which is one of the many perks to it. Check deviantART for visual styles, they're everywhere.


This is what I did =) Now my 7 looks great!

That's a very flimsy source for the 2011 guess. Win7 is loved and selling like gangbusters. There's no upside to MS pushing out another version in a year. Plus, 3-year cycles work for Office, and the guy who ran Office is running Windows now. Think 2012.

"News Headline:" Microsoft sales right 150 copies of Windows 7, albeit there has also been 150 million copies privated.

Pam14160 said,
"News Headline:" Microsoft sales reach 150 copies of Windows 7, albeit there has also been 150 million copies privated.

Sorry, little mistake; "right" should have bee "reach".

Pam14160 said,
"News Headline:" Microsoft sales right 150 copies of Windows 7, albeit there has also been 150 million copies privated.

Doesn't matter, since pirated copies wouldn't count as licenses. And even with piracy, Win 7 is the fastest selling OS.

Pam14160 said,
"News Headline:" Microsoft sales right 150 copies of Windows 7, albeit there has also been 150 million copies privated.

this is an official statement from Microsoft and it means they have sold 150 million copies and is not including the pirated. i would say its 200 million copies with pirated OS.

still1 said,

this is an official statement from Microsoft and it means they have sold 150 million copies and is not including the pirated. i would say its 200 million copies with pirated OS.

I would actually guess MUCH more than 50 million pirated copies.

Conjor said,

I would actually guess MUCH more than 50 million pirated copies.

If you think about the technically adept to technically inept ratio of the common public, those who actually can get a pirated copy would probably be around as much as the ones who bought it. And if I judge by the fact that out of all the people I associate with, only three really know how to use computers, then maybe a bit less even. But still, I'd say definitely more than 50 mil.

smartin0115 said,

If you think about the technically adept to technically inept ratio of the common public, those who actually can get a pirated copy would probably be around as much as the ones who bought it. And if I judge by the fact that out of all the people I associate with, only three really know how to use computers, then maybe a bit less even. But still, I'd say definitely more than 50 mil.

Yeah...I know some fairly computer-literate people who have never heard of pirating, and wouldn't know where to look to download something like that.

BTW...I have a legit Windows 7 Ultimate, but didn't pay for it. Won it in a giveaway.

I have to say this. except the first two lines in this article everything is old news.
and neowin do this all the time. why cant we just write an article about win 7 selling 150 million rather than linking to all old news.

still1 said,
I have to say this. except the first two lines in this article everything is old news.
and neowin do this all the time. why cant we just write an article about win 7 selling 150 million rather than linking to all old news.

For SEO reasons (and others), it is good to link to other articles.