Ballmer: Windows 7 sales are "fantastic"

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has a lot to be excited about, with the great success that is Windows 7. Steve Ballmer announced at the shareholders meeting that Windows 7 has sold more than double of any previous version of Windows ever sold, in a comparable time.

Even though Ballmer never officially announced how many units of Windows 7 were sold in the first month of release, The Wall Street Journal released an estimated number of 40 million units, comparing that Windows Vista sold 20 million in the first month.

"Since launch, we've already sold twice as many units of Windows 7 than any other operating system we've ever launched in a comparable time," Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said.

Steve Ballmer used the word "fantastic" to describe Windows 7 sales in both Japan and North America, saying "Windows 7 is the simply best PC operating system we have ever built." Microsoft is also closely watching the netbook market, since they result in less revenue on a per-unit basis, compared to laptop and desktop PCs for the company.

As manufactures will begin to report their numbers, Ballmer's claim will be verified for sales of Windows 7 with new hardware. Dell already confirmed that Windows 7 sparked demand for new PCs among business consumers.

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Good.
I hope most companies will update and Win7 will be the new XP.

Although the only reason people liked XP is because it was different (green start bar) and was around for a long time. People will get used to whatever is available.

I love my Windows 7 home premium! Ultimate looks cool but I got burned by Vista Ultimate, although the bitlocker technologies are nice.

Yup, my company just upgraded us all to Win 7 Ent. I am happy cause i didnt have to pay for my upgrade.. and the best part is, this is the same as the Ultimate version..

still1 said,
thats awesome... wonder when my company do... I cannot use Xp anymore..

Apparently, we got Win 7 Ent for free.. or rather.. we are Microsoft Certified Partners.. so if you company is a certified partner.. you should get a free copy of Win 7 Ent. with multiple licenses..

dimithrak said,
Yup, my company just upgraded us all to Win 7 Ent. I am happy cause i didnt have to pay for my upgrade.. and the best part is, this is the same as the Ultimate version..

Windows 7 Enterprise is the same as Windows 7 Ultimate?

M_Lyons10 said,
Windows 7 Enterprise is the same as Windows 7 Ultimate?



Yes, Ultimate has the added bitlocker features that are missing from the other SKUs.
Enterprise is the full featureset customizable by your IT department.

dimithrak said,
Apparently, we got Win 7 Ent for free.. or rather.. we are Microsoft Certified Partners.. so if you company is a certified partner.. you should get a free copy of Win 7 Ent. with multiple licenses..

My company wont upgrade that quickly due to compatibility issues.. cannot take risk with billions of dollars.

I don't understand the hype, although I never installed Vista so that could be why ;)
It's a good OS but it's not groundbreaking... it's just as good as it should have been a few years ago.

I guess it just boils down to the fact of the amount of advertising and marketing that has been done lately.. with regards to the MAC vs PC thing.. I dnt remember any of this nonsense when 98 came out.. although back then everything looked good as long as it was a computer :P

dimithrak said,
I guess it just boils down to the fact of the amount of advertising and marketing that has been done lately.. with regards to the MAC vs PC thing.. I dnt remember any of this nonsense when 98 came out.. although back then everything looked good as long as it was a computer :P

LOL

I think Microsoft did well by offering the Beta / RC to so many people. It got the word out and built up some eagerness among consumers. Add to that the fact that it can run on almost all current hardware (Something that was a sticking point with Vista), and I think that it all just came together.

Have to agree. Windows 7 is so much better than Vista out of the box, it IS funny.

Vista, along with Windows Me, should NEVER have been allowed out the door.

MS knew they hadn't better screw up this time!!

cork1958 said,
Have to agree. Windows 7 is so much better than Vista out of the box, it IS funny.

Vista, along with Windows Me, should NEVER have been allowed out the door.

MS knew they hadn't better screw up this time!!

What's so bad about Vista?

Max1978 said,

What's so bad about Vista?

Yeah, I think Vista became something that was "cool" to hate... I don't mind it. It's pretty stable, I don't have many issues with it, and most of the compatibility issues were due to poor (stupid) choices made by developers... Not Windows at all...

you release a good product you get fantastic sales.

Windows 7 is at a better price than Vista and is easier to pick an edition Home Prem or Pro, it's solid and feature rich.

No wonder people are snapping this up in droves.

I run it on various machines and it certainly has the wow factor, love aero peek and snap to edges.

I'm going 7 full time tomorrow :)
Tested all applications over the last week (not a single problem! ) and finally ready to kill my XP. Coincidentally this is my first non-OEM copy of Windows ever.

I did this yesterday. On a dell precision m4400. What a ****... Webcam didn't work, Bluetooth - too (there was no drivers for Win7, thought the one is supported). Till the moment, two hangs up in stand buy.

My next notebook will the one having the least custom software. Because 300mb for the 15 features - it's unbelievable

Use Vista drivers for webcam and Bluetooth. Dell can be very slow at updating drivers page.

As for stand by - make sure you've installed chipset software (and probably best to install the latest one from Intel - not the old one Dell provides).

tereshchenko said,
Use Vista drivers for webcam and Bluetooth. Dell can be very slow at updating drivers page.

As for stand by - make sure you've installed chipset software (and probably best to install the latest one from Intel - not the old one Dell provides).

You're right on... always go to http://support.intel.com to download drivers for any system that has an Intel Chipset (this will be every system that says 'Centrino' on the case).

Also, Kudos for figuring out what he was talking about, the sentences were so garbled my eyes were beginning to cross...

This may bite them in the ass with Windows 8 though, but we'll see. ( Windows 7 may become "an XP" )
The problem with competing with yourself, as the major OS distributor.

I't strange, as OEM manufactors such as HP, Dell, Lenovo etc. told that PC sales didn't grow since Windows 7 was released, Maybe Microsoft business sales grew.

Strike X said,
Well not many BUY pc anymore.....

people build own PC nowadays.


Isnt that the other way around. If your a Geek (99.9% of Neowin readers) then yes you build, however, for the standard home user they buy at $399 (In the US at least). I dont think I recall my 70 yr old father saying, "hmmmm, i need to get around to building me that new pc dont I"

raindrop said,
I't strange, as OEM manufactors such as HP, Dell, Lenovo etc. told that PC sales didn't grow since Windows 7 was released, Maybe Microsoft business sales grew.

It's also the "recession" still, remember?

Got two copies for my dad and myself back when everyone was giving them out at preorder prices. All previous OS have always come preinstalled so this is the first one I went out and bought.

Still waiting for the CS college to put it in MSDNAA, it's weird, the IS college already has it in their MSDNAA account but us CS folks don't... So still running the RC but it's been good so far.

haha... lol.... thats funny..... I dont understand why many feel that windows explorer is bad... I dont feel that way...

Absolutely no complaints here. Windows 7 copies all 'round I say. (Y)

Ballmer should be happy with a rock solid product!

Leonick said,
That's what I will be getting
My student discount cuts the price in half :)

Seriously, why bother with ultimate, get Pro from theMS ultimate steal student deal for £30 instead.

chconline said,

MSDNAA access gets me Windows 7 Pro for free. Epic pleased :P

Our University just joined it too (Nottingham Malaysia) , I consider myself lucky as only the Eng students are eligible ! But too bad , there's no office.

awesome.... 40 million sold..... hope more adapt windows 7 soon....
Its the best OS microsoft has ever build and the low upgrade price are the reasons for its success

still1 said,
awesome.... 40 million sold..... hope more adapt windows 7 soon....
Its the best OS microsoft has ever build and the low upgrade price are the reasons for its success

Yeah, I'm glad to hear the sales are so good. I hope this means Microsoft's stock will climb some more. LOL

As for the price, I agree, and hope that they can keep prices down as well.