Microsoft: 175 million Windows 7 licenses sold

Microsoft reported a strong Q4 revenue thanks to Windows 7, and with that they announced they have sold 175 million licenses for Windows 7, the fastest selling operating system in history.

Windows 7 was released nine months ago, on October 22, 2009. The OS originally released to manufacturing one year ago. Microsoft announced that Windows 7 is the fastest selling operating system in history, selling over 175 million licenses to date. The company is projected to sell 300 million by the end of 2010.

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 is now running on 16% of all PCs around the world and is expected to over-take Windows Vista in market share within the next few weeks. Not only is Windows 7 a huge success, but Microsoft has seen a big uprising of Internet Explorer 8 use, which is still the most popular web browser on the market. Don't forget that Internet Explorer 9 is just around the corner.

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Toorop said,
Ive been with Windows 7 the day it came out with the betas and the RC. Wise choice I made. Win7 FTW

same here i dumped Vista Ultimate when win7 went rc1

holy cow!!! 175,000,000 is quite a bit... does that mean 175 mil individual purchases? or any bulk in that? i know it aint the real price, but say a minimum of 80 dollars... 175 mil times 80 dollars... 14 billion!!! is that an unreasonable guesstimate?

I hear it's really great from everyone, would be nice to try it but I'm still running a P4 with 1GB of RAM so it would run like crap on this machine. For the moment XP still does everything I need and does it really well so I'm in no rush for a new PC.

Linus Torvalds gave a thumb up for Windows 7.

So, apparently Windows 7 is loved for everybody but Steve Jobs and their minions.

But...but...anyday... *insert OS here* will be taking over the desktop!

Numbers like these and the billion other computers running Windows is why you don't see Microsoft running scared or even considers Apple or Linux to be competitors in this area.

thenetavenger said,
But...but...anyday... *insert OS here* will be taking over the desktop!

Numbers like these and the billion other computers running Windows is why you don't see Microsoft running scared or even considers Apple or Linux to be competitors in this area.

Except Ballmer specifically singled out Linux by name as the next biggest threat (after pirated versions of Windows) .

And, perhaps you aren't aware that Windows marketshare has been slowly eroding for a decade. They were well over 95%, and now are flirting with 91%.
http://marketshare.hitslink.com/os-market-share.aspx?qprid=9

markjensen said,
Except Ballmer specifically singled out Linux by name as the next biggest threat (after pirated versions of Windows) .

And, perhaps you aren't aware that Windows marketshare has been slowly eroding for a decade. They were well over 95%, and now are flirting with 91%.
http://marketshare.hitslink.com/os-market-share.aspx?qprid=9

with 25-35k unique visitors on my servers, i still have windows at 95-96%, hoovers a little in between, currently 95.7%
IE is just at 19% market share tho they did decline allot, was about 55-60% 1,5 years ago.

Either way, these numbers vary from where they are tracked, Mac grew a little the past few years, linux a little bit aswell, but this doesnt say much.
Mac will never be a main OS, due to lack of bussiness end usage. Bussiness networks are windows (or linux sometimes), people will use at home what they use at work > huge part of the marketshare. Then there are the gamers, who mainly use windows too

And linux will never become big due to its lack of SUPPORT, linux support goes as far as your server managers (for bussinesses) and normal people dont want to spend hours to fix a sound driver, or hours and hours of lurking linux IRC channels, forums or manpages. When they could just call microsoft support

Steve Jobs can start eating his rotten Apples again.. Didn't he call for the death of the PC when he launched the iPad?

Btw, a Rough calculation leads us to 7.5 Windows 7 per second

Rahul Mulchandani said,
Steve Jobs can start eating his rotten Apples again.. Didn't he call for the death of the PC when he launched the iPad?

Btw, a Rough calculation leads us to 7.5 Windows 7 per second

Jobs is just trying to redefine the consumer computing experience. If he can make the desktop obsolete in favor of a market in which Apple leads, Apple 'wins' by default. It's probably a lot easier, if you think about it, to create a new market than to try competing where you've already lost (desktop/laptop). It would also explain why Apple has shunned the netbook sector.

While Apple might have a shot with the tablet market, they're taking a huge gamble with smartphones. Any market that is dominated by contracts and encourages people to buy a whole new device every two years will be forever up for grabs by competition, especially at such a young age when apps aren't very complex and generally all cookie cutter copies of each other (there are no famous app 'brands' yet--something MS's Xbox Live might actually achieve).

It's interesting that we're in a time of shaky market leadership, where it's quite literally anyone's game (even an upstart still has a chance--Android isn't that old) and will remain so for a while, and yet people are eager to say that it's "too late" for competition. But that's probably just fanboyism and brand loyalty, both notorious enemies of competition.

Python96 said,
Its a amazing OS, and so is XP but Vista just destroyed the two,

In my opinion, the problem with Vista was that they wanted to change and achieve a lot, and many people didn't like the move, I liked the OS. Windows 7 is superior though.

There was an option in the default group policy settings to remove and disable the option to log off?? Just log/shut the machine down remotely from your server when required.

DKcomputers said,
There was an option in the default group policy settings to remove and disable the option to log off?? Just log/shut the machine down remotely from your server when required.

haha ye, you can remotely log off and log in windows systems ~.~ not that hard to script that either

Hopefully they learn from this for the next go. People don't want to upgrade OS's too soon, there needs to be legit reasons to upgrade, and it needs to be solid. I don't want to see 8 out next year...

thornz0 said,
Hopefully they learn from this for the next go. People don't want to upgrade OS's too soon, there needs to be legit reasons to upgrade, and it needs to be solid. I don't want to see 8 out next year...

The way I look at it major releases have 5 years of development and minor releases have 3 years of development. 2 of those are spent developing the new kernel on major releases...

Vista was a major release (5 years) but they ran behind which ended up with the crappy release
Win7 was a minor release (3 years) and refined what was brought by Vista/Server 2008 into a better OS. They didn't need to develop a kernel because they used what was already there with some minor tweaks.

LoveThePenguin said,
3.11 and xp are probably the best versions they ever made.

pardon me pal... but I remembered gliding pretty well on Win98 SE!

Mouettus said,

pardon me pal... but I remembered gliding pretty well on Win98 SE!

You mean win98 that crashed 5 times after a fresh install just reinstalling the same drivers you had for months. I hated win9x so much, I saw the light with win2k.

freedonX said,

You mean win98 that crashed 5 times after a fresh install just reinstalling the same drivers you had for months. I hated win9x so much, I saw the light with win2k.

Never had an issue like that with win98. There were plenty of ways to screw the install up, true, but it wasn't bad enough to crash during driver install... and back at the time 98 was popular, I was working in a computer company and installing a new Windows at least once/day, if not more.

Metodi Mitov said,

Never had an issue like that with win98. There were plenty of ways to screw the install up, true, but it wasn't bad enough to crash during driver install... and back at the time 98 was popular, I was working in a computer company and installing a new Windows at least once/day, if not more.

98 !!!! memories !!!! and yes it was popular as hell and it was fun if it crashed at that time !!

LoveThePenguin said,
3.11 and xp are probably the best versions they ever made.

windows 1.0 for me but i still miss DOS 6.22 half the fun was getting things to work (along with the obligatory swearing and cursing when it crashed) hmmmm those were the days but i digress yes 3.11 was good and so was 98se 2k and even better was XP, Vista well we'll just leave that one alone shall we and windows 7 is just fantastic

I'm a mac user and I have a thinkpad with windows 7 , it works without any problems .

Best windows so far and I started using windows 3.11

So far flawless for me, literally, flawless.... Vista was close after some fixing to, but 7 came out perfect on release day for me.

Neoauld said,
So far flawless for me, literally, flawless.... Vista was close after some fixing to, but 7 came out perfect on release day for me.

yes even RC1 of window 7 was superior to Vista thats why i ditched vista in favour of window 7 x64 Ultimate rtm

The only missing is something like "Win7 Lite", which would be optimized for tablets and slates. This would allow you to carry your slate for hours without needing to recharge.

I am running win7 64bit, so far so good

red hook said,
The only missing is something like "Win7 Lite", which would be optimized for tablets and slates. This would allow you to carry your slate for hours without needing to recharge.

Windows Compact Embedded 7?

red hook said,
The only missing is something like "Win7 Lite", which would be optimized for tablets and slates. This would allow you to carry your slate for hours without needing to recharge.

I am running win7 64bit, so far so good


You mean Windows 7 Starter?

Windows 7 is great except for one problem. They made it harder to manage if you run it on public pc's

we had a script that automatically logged in the user if they had logged out. You were able to disabled the script by holding shift down .

they disabled the shift part . Now people keep logging out of the machines .

majortom1981 said,
Windows 7 is great except for one problem. They made it harder to manage if you run it on public pc's

we had a script that automatically logged in the user if they had logged out. You were able to disabled the script by holding shift down .

they disabled the shift part . Now people keep logging out of the machines .

That's a lot more secure, I can not see why you would want to force people to stay logged in... If you need a program to be running, make it as a service.

dave164 said,

That's a lot more secure, I can not see why you would want to force people to stay logged in... If you need a program to be running, make it as a service.

If it is a public computer you may want all individuals to be logged into a particular user and not have to bother them with logging in all the time. His method is sound for a machine intended for public consumption without worry of the consequences of it.

dave164 said,
That's a lot more secure, I can not see why you would want to force people to stay logged in... If you need a program to be running, make it as a service.
From his post it looks like they are public computers that should always be on so people can use them

majortom1981 said,
Windows 7 is great except for one problem. They made it harder to manage if you run it on public pc's

we had a script that automatically logged in the user if they had logged out. You were able to disabled the script by holding shift down .

they disabled the shift part . Now people keep logging out of the machines .

To be fair you should really be using a group policy to disable the log off button not a script:

http://www.intowindows.com/how...ry-on-windows-7-start-menu/

Zerosignull said,

To be fair you should really be using a group policy to disable the log off button not a script:

http://www.intowindows.com/how...ry-on-windows-7-start-menu/

We do that BUT we dont want the computers restarting, shutting down , or switching users either. We have a time keepr type prrogram that we need people to log out of instead of windows itself.


Also its hard to disable the computer from restarting, shutting down, logging off totally. if you disable shut down ,restart sleep through group policy then you cant disable log off in windows 7.
We have the machines pretty strongly locked down via group policy already but microsoft took away some options for people who run public computers with windows 7

The only way around the shift key problem on windows 7 is a $2k program .

majortom1981 said,

We do that BUT we dont want the computers restarting, shutting down , or switching users either. We have a time keepr type prrogram that we need people to log out of instead of windows itself.


Also its hard to disable the computer from restarting, shutting down, logging off totally. if you disable shut down ,restart sleep through group policy then you cant disable log off in windows 7.
We have the machines pretty strongly locked down via group policy already but microsoft took away some options for people who run public computers with windows 7

The only way around the shift key problem on windows 7 is a $2k program .

That, or simply having only one user they can log onto and not have a password for it. Not sure how that is a problem. Should be able to lock down password changing for that user as well so people can't really cause trouble.

majortom1981 said,
Windows 7 is great except for one problem. They made it harder to manage if you run it on public pc's

we had a script that automatically logged in the user if they had logged out. You were able to disabled the script by holding shift down .

they disabled the shift part . Now people keep logging out of the machines .


That seems a very long winded way of creating essentially a "kiosk" PC. Have you tried Microsoft SteadyState or whatever the current version is called?

@majortom1981, try this:
1. Start -> control userpasswords2, uncheck "Users must enter a user name and password....." and select the user name with which you want to enable autologon. Enter the password.
2. Go to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon and create a string value called "ForceAutologon" (without the quotes) and set it to 1.
This should automatically log in any users who logs out. Works on my Windows 7 Ultimate.

techbeck said,
7 is solid. Switched when it was RTM and was posted on Technet.

Agreed. First Windows product in a while that has been awesome from the get go, and not needed a service pack to fix glaring bugs. Best effort yet from redmond!

Subject Delta said,
First Windows product in a while that has been awesome from the get go, and not needed a service pack to fix glaring bugs. Best effort yet from redmond!

Considering that the kernel is basically the same, you could make the case that Windows 7 is Vista SP3.

Captain555 said,

Considering that the kernel is basically the same, you could make the case that Windows 7 is Vista SP3.

that maybe so but I'd rather use Win 7 than vista sp3 any day of the week

It is a great operating system, which really trumps XP. I should jump on board... but I still use old XP, and I have no reason to keep using it.

shakey said,
It is a great operating system, which really trumps XP. I should jump on board... but I still use old XP, and I have no reason to keep using it.

Then why are you?

Metodi Mitov said,

Then why are you?

I'm too lazy to want to install all the games I have, Apps and music and movies, and just all that goes with re-installing a os from a clean format. I have a copy just waiting for it... just need someone to cow prod me into installing it.

shakey said,
It is a great operating system, which really trumps XP. I should jump on board... but I still use old XP, and I have no reason to keep using it.

There's no impetus to upgrade as far as I can see. If it's not broken..

shakey said,

I'm too lazy to want to install all the games I have, Apps and music and movies, and just all that goes with re-installing a os from a clean format. I have a copy just waiting for it... just need someone to cow prod me into installing it.


Just use Window Easy Transfer.

shakey said,

I'm too lazy to want to install all the games I have, Apps and music and movies, and just all that goes with re-installing a os from a clean format. I have a copy just waiting for it... just need someone to cow prod me into installing it.

My best suggestion is to wait until the existing XP install decides to kick the bucket then upgrade at that point.

shakey said,

I'm too lazy to want to install all the games I have, Apps and music and movies, and just all that goes with re-installing a os from a clean format. I have a copy just waiting for it... just need someone to cow prod me into installing it.

Hmmm, well... plenty of games can just be transferred without the need to reinstall. As long as you knew to not install them on the same drive that your Windows is. You might lose saves, but it's better than reinstalling + patching them. For instance both my WoW and Dragon Age are about 2 Windows installs old (One being an upgrade to 7). There are some games that may require you to reinstall them, of course. Fallout 3 comes to mind with their ton of DLLs that they stuff in your Windows/System32. Keep in mind, Windows 7 also installs quite fast (Took about 10 minutes from booting off the DVD to install, format included) and it usually has drivers embedded for almost everything that was out on the market prior to release. Sure, you will likely have to update graphics drivers, but I believe that's about all you'll need to worry about in that regard. Music and Movies you can easily stuff on another drive so you don't really need to do anything about those. If you didn't split your hard drive to have say 50-60 gigs for OS + small apps, then you'll be in a bad situation, though I would suggest you partition it when upgrading to 7, (If you haven't) that way you can easily reinstall and keep most of your data intact.