Happy Birthday Windows 7, what's next for Windows?

Windows 7 celebrates its first birthday today, a year on from the retail availability of the fastest selling operating system of all time.

It has been an incredibly successful year for Windows 7. Microsoft has confirmed that it has now sold over 240 million licenses of Windows 7 and that figure is expected to hit 300 million before the end of the year. Microsoft's success with Windows 7 began before the product was even widely available. Released in October 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 migrate to Windows 7 within 12 months of its release. Over 50% of those migrating will be choosing the 64-bit route. Microsoft confirmed in July that nearly half of all Windows 7 PCs run 64-bit versions.

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 late 2011. The software giant is keeping any Windows 8 plans close to its chest. According to company insiders that have spoken to Neowin, Microsoft is currently readying Windows 8 and is betting big on cloud computing. Microsoft is expected to build a 'Windows Store' app store into Windows 8 and Kinect-like functionality. The software maker will also integrate social networking and cloud features into the heart of Windows to finally realise its vision of software+services. A number of cloud related Windows adverts will air over the next year to seek consumer awareness on the cloud.

Microsoft is currently readying its first Service Pack for Windows 7. A public beta version was made available earlier this year and Microsoft is currently compiling internal release candidate builds. We expect a release candidate to be available shortly, possibly in time for PDC 2010 next week. A final release is expected in the first quarter of next year.

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Win7 Rocks!!! It's been tons of fun since the early betas to this rock solid RTM release. Love you se7en, and happy b-day!!!

Happy Birthday Windows 7, the best OS so far! By late 2011 we should be seeing the first Betas/Milestones of Windows 8. And a Windows 8 release by around 2012... Which has got to be awesome to match Windows 7 !

ie9 said,
The successor to Windows 7 will likely be available in late 2011

As in RTM or Beta?

It'd supposedly be RTM
but I don't personally think it'll be on 2011 but 2012 though.

crazyguy510 said,
Wow...40 comments and not one of them is hating windows 7.

OK then, I hate Windows 7.


Oh, who am I kidding? I love it

I didnt really have any problems with it, but as 7 is like Vista but just better. It made no sense for me not to upgrade.

Am I the only person who never had any major problems with Vista?

Except of course for lazy hardware vendors refusing to write drivers. But regardless of how painful it is, you cannot blame MS when other companies don't invest in up-to-date driver stacks. It's not like MS can force them to write the drivers.

Hawkeye666 said,
Am I the only person who never had any major problems with Vista?

Except of course for lazy hardware vendors refusing to write drivers. But regardless of how painful it is, you cannot blame MS when other companies don't invest in up-to-date driver stacks. It's not like MS can force them to write the drivers.


i for one liked vista and didnt have a problem with it =] but win7 pro 64bit loving it even more

Hawkeye666 said,
Am I the only person who never had any major problems with Vista?

Except of course for lazy hardware vendors refusing to write drivers. But regardless of how painful it is, you cannot blame MS when other companies don't invest in up-to-date driver stacks. It's not like MS can force them to write the drivers.

+1

No, hell no. The only thing was the annoying UAC nagging that was made slightly less secure for our convenience on Win7. I upgraded because I like the latest OS. Only one I skipped was WinMe... although wife bought a lappy with it back then... I had a lot of LOLz over that one.

Benjy91 said,
Microsofts had a bit of a run of success recently ^^

WP7 is just around the corner as well. I can't wait until the providers start selling the goodies!!

Win 7 64bit OS .. is great +1 ..

One thing I think that is a must now is SSD drive for the OS
and a 1TB drive for apps and another for data. I'm using
a 40GB SSD for the OS and 1TB for apps and data.

Looking forward to Windows 8 ....

I agree with you but I can't afford an SSD yet. I want a 128GB SSD for $150 and I won't purchase until I get that price. Based on newegg, I have $100+/- worth of waiting still to go.

Windows 7 professional x64 is not quite yet, the-bees-knees.

Or pukka even.

I have since installing it three days after I received it from amazon (three days after release)

installed it 3 times, due to some issues it has, which sp1 hopefully (if they would hurry and release

it) should correct the failings.

Apart from that it is the best since XP x86.

leesmithg said,
I have since installing it three days after I received it from amazon (three days after release)

installed it 3 times, due to some issues it has, which sp1 hopefully (if they would hurry and release

it) should correct the failings.

Apart from that it is the best since XP x86.

What kind of failings? Because Ive installed it several times on several different types of machines and never ran into any problems. Just poor Nvidia support for 64bit but thats all. Otherwise its been smooth

leesmithg said,
Windows 7 professional x64 is not quite yet, the-bees-knees.

Or pukka even.

I have since installing it three days after I received it from amazon (three days after release)

installed it 3 times, due to some issues it has, which sp1 hopefully (if they would hurry and release

it) should correct the failings.

Apart from that it is the best since XP x86.

Go troll somewhere else k?

este said,
What kind of failings? Because Ive installed it several times on several different types of machines and never ran into any problems. Just poor Nvidia support for 64bit but thats all. Otherwise its been smooth

Not drivers, they are from main players with up-to-date versions, nVidia, eikon, microsoft etc.

The boot drive (partition) corrupted twice and the compatibility between the windows live suite

just would not work install wise.

I only install windows 7 compatible software also.

I did try the beta of sp1 and that helped a lot, made system smoother and faster, however I used

it for a week till it also started playing up.

With windows XP SP3 i used to format my partition every 6-8 months to gain performance or fix error, or... well you know.

I installed Windows 7 64 Bit on my desktop PC, 9 months ago, untill now my pc still running like the first day, even faster now, with some tweaks.

i'd tried the one of the betas, and i was hooked since that release.

Every time i'm looking for a program, try to get the 64bit version of the program.

I just never mess with the Internet Explorer (every time i try to do something i get ads, spam or viruses, i'm using Minefield 4b8) and WMP (I like winamp and MPCHCx64).

I really really like this Windows version.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 7, and my genuine release is 9mths old too!!! I was iompressed by the beta and "trialed" ultimate via some illegitimate sources. loved it so much. well worth my $300

I had no idea PDC was a week away, that sorta came outta nowhere for me. Go Go Win7, people still on XP need to upgrade now.

stvnwst said,
Happy first birthday, Windows 7! I loved you the first time I used you back in 2008 as build 7000.

Agreed! from RC to RTM, awesomeness all the way!

~Neowin~ said,
win7. i am loving it.

these excessive love expressions for windows 7 is perplexing expecially considering the hate for windows vista

Deviate_X said,

these excessive love expressions for windows 7 is perplexing expecially considering the hate for windows vista

Some of the original hate for Vista was understandable on account of the underpowered machines and driver issues, but the majority of the Vista hate over time was manufactured. I've had two Vista machines that had no issues (but I wasn't an early adopter!).

Currently very happy on Windows 7, the only stand-alone upgrade I've ever purchased.

Quattrone said,
Windows 7 SP1 is going to be even more awesome!

What's going to be so great about SP1. Nothing but the ame fixes rolled into a huge download with MAYBE a new fix or two.

Can't believe it's been a year already.

But, yeah, Windows 7 is sweet, especially coming after the major fiasco called Vista!!

cork1958 said,

What's going to be so great about SP1. Nothing but the ame fixes rolled into a huge download with MAYBE a new fix or two.

Can't believe it's been a year already.

But, yeah, Windows 7 is sweet, especially coming after the major fiasco called Vista!!


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