Microsoft: 350 million Windows 7 devices to be shipped this year

Windows 7 has been another successful platform for Microsoft as the rock solid OS won the hearts of many after their tribulations with Vista. Having sold hundreds of millions of copies of the OS, Microsoft is now predicting that 350 million devices will be sold this year running Windows 7, a phenomenal number.

What is driving all of this growth? According to Bloomberg, corporate demand has been a key driver of success and is currently exceeding the company’s estimates. Steve Ballmer said that this will make Windows 7 the “most single popular system” on the market.

While Windows 7 is selling at a tremendous rate, Microsoft is about to launch its next generation of Windows, Windows 8. The upcoming OS is a stark contrast to Microsoft’s traditional offerings and goes as far as to remove the iconic start button.

The OS is not expected to hit retail until sometime this fall, most speculate in October, and it will also bring with it Microsoft’s tablet OS that will finally compete with the iPad and Android tablets.

As we sail off in to the Metro-fied sunrise of Windows 8, Windows 7 will keep the profits flowing until the next platform arises. If this report is any indication, it looks like Microsoft is on track to continue is healthy fiscal track right up to and through the launch of Windows 8. 

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Removing the start button and bringing a touch screen UI to the desktop is a slap in the face of their windows user. 80% > Vista brother. Good luck.

"corporate demand has been a key driver of success and is currently exceeding the company's estimates"

I wonder if their server market sales are exceeding estimates as well - I guess not luckily. But this isn't any surprise really - they have a monopoly on the market and that isn't going to change any time soon. Also Windows 7 is not a bad product for what it does. I'm sure Windows 9 will have the same effect and maybe after that point, the OS market may not be profitable any longer. I'm sure this will be accelerated with the FOSS platforms catching up in terms of driver & application support (partially thanks to the FOSS server market share adoption).

Would be interesting in fact whether Windows 10+ will be free and Microsoft using the inbuilt software center to generate revenue. Maybe they may force installations through it to ensure they make money.

ShMaunder said,
"corporate demand has been a key driver of success and is currently exceeding the company's estimates"

I wonder if their server market sales are exceeding estimates as well - I guess not luckily. But this isn't any surprise really - they have a monopoly on the market and that isn't going to change any time soon. Also Windows 7 is not a bad product for what it does. I'm sure Windows 9 will have the same effect and maybe after that point, the OS market may not be profitable any longer. I'm sure this will be accelerated with the FOSS platforms catching up in terms of driver & application support (partially thanks to the FOSS server market share adoption).

Would be interesting in fact whether Windows 10+ will be free and Microsoft using the inbuilt software center to generate revenue. Maybe they may force installations through it to ensure they make money.

Is it the year of Linux again already?

nohone said,

Is it the year of Linux again already?

No, its already happened on the server and phone markets (it wasn't over a year neither as they were too saturated). The desktop market is also too saturated for such a thing to happen any time soon (as stated in my original post).

ShMaunder said,

No, its already happened on the server and phone markets (it wasn't over a year neither as they were too saturated). The desktop market is also too saturated for such a thing to happen any time soon (as stated in my original post).

THis data is 2 years old, but unless there has been a huge shift in the server market, I don't see Linux leading in marketshare:

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/micr...rver-operating-systems/5408

Yes, with Android being a "Linux" device they have received quite a bit of market share there, but they are not leading on the server.

nohone said,

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The only problem with those figures is what is reflected in the comments. How does the IDC collect data outside of the Factory pre-installed OS. Little more info:

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/open...s-unix-keep-shrinking/10616

I've seen figures that estimate that they're nearly tied. However, I never said that they had a dominate lead, just that they're currently growing far more than Windows Server (which means Windows Server's lead is shrinking).

ShMaunder said,

The only problem with those figures is what is reflected in the comments. How does the IDC collect data outside of the Factory pre-installed OS. Little more info:

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/open...s-unix-keep-shrinking/10616

I've seen figures that estimate that they're nearly tied. However, I never said that they had a dominate lead, just that they're currently growing far more than Windows Server (which means Windows Server's lead is shrinking).

Care to link to those figures showing that Linux is growing much faster than Win Server?

What you said was a bunch of gibberish about Windows 9 needing to become free because the OS market not being profitable (fat chance of that happening). I posted a little joke what has been said by Linux users for years. You then changed the subject to servers and phones, saying that they have turned to Linux from Windows. I provide data showing that is not true. You have not posted any data to the contrary, instead saying that angry Linux users disagree in a forum (I disagree with your hypothesis, so why are the Linux users correct over me?). Data I presented in that link shows that Windows Server is growing faster than Linux.

Even if there are people who are installing Linux on their computers without them being "shipped" there are people who do the same with Windows Server. For example, I had an old license for a Win Server 2008 that I recently installed on a computer. I know of many companies that install MSDN Windows Server on their servers, which do not count as shipped. The number of licenses purchased and the number installed can be looked at in both directions.

nohone said,

..

I know I start a few too many of these arguments on this site which is geared towards MS, so maybe I shouldn't.

Firstly, did you read the article I posted which is a 2012 edition of the one you posted. It says "In 2011, we saw, according to IDC's latest Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, factory revenue in the worldwide server market grew for Linux while it shrank for Windows and Unix." - meaning that it is being adopted at an increased rate over Windows "Windows server demand subsided slightly in 4Q11 as hardware revenue decreased 1.5% year over year.". From a web point of view there are these http://w3techs.com/technologie...erview/operating_system/all - but obviously this doesn't include SQL, LDAP, Collaboration platforms which could be geared towards Microsoft (MSSQL, AD, Exchange, Sharepoint). Though there are services like MySQL, Oracle, Zimbra and OpenLDAP that runs on any platform.

Secondly, no certainly not the next edition of Windows for the desktop. That is far too soon. I said W10+ which could still be too early. However, I can't imagine that there would be any direct profitability in selling a mainstream consumer OS in 10 years - selling support and applications is where the profits will be. In fact, W8 has a application store built in. Do you think that Microsoft can carry on with their current licensing model for the next 10 years?

Thirdly, yes, people did say this Year of Linux in the 90s when the platform was only in educational institutes with crappy driver & application support. It has since adapted outside of the educational institutes into the enterprise world.

ShMaunder said,
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1) So when IDC puts out a report (and I admitted to it being 2 years old) saying that Microsoft is increasing share, then it is not to be believed because some people on a forum disagree with it. When IDC puts out a report a year later, and that report shows Linux growing, then it is to be believed? Was there a change in sampling to make it more palpable, or was it just that the newer study showed Linux gaining?

2) What does the W3Techs link show? It lumps everything that is not Windows into Linux. The only mention of Linux on that page that I could find was a Google ad linking to RedHat. And nobody mentioned SQL, LDAP, etc up until now.

3) The ZDNet article is missing one important thing - we have been talking about market share. That article is all about revenues, showing that revenues for the different OSes have changed. Even with that, it has shown that Windows and Linux hardware revenues have increased. Windows was up 2.6% quarterly yoy to $6.5B. Linux was up 2.2% quarterly yoy to $2.6B. My math may be a bit fuzzy, but what I do know is that 2.6% to get to $6.5B is a lot more revenue than 2.2% to get to $2.6B - three times the total revenue growth. Not only that, but 2.6% > 2.2%.

I agree that Windows 8 should primarily target devices with Touch only and leave traditional non-touch based desktops and laptops with Windows 7 only. I have been evaluating Windows 8 each day since the Dev preview and the first thing I do when I log in is go to the Desktop. Which pretty much proves how useless Metro is to me.

Oh Windows 7, I remember when my lappy came with Vista 3 years and 9 months ago. Core 2 Duo @ 2.4, it ran it great (Though it sluggish around a bit from time to time). Then I remember that on Dec. 31st (Yes, New Year's eve ) I managed to grab a leaked copy of Win 7 Build 7000.

WOW! It felt like I got a computer that went ahead of time! Incredible boot loads, programs loads, and a very intuitive UI which made that my main OS since that date. It's incredible that it's already going for its 3rd year, and I'm very happy about it.

Long live Windows 7, and thanks for all the greatness you've brought to us.

ctrl_alt_delete said,
have they sold 1billion copies yet? if they haven't, I think they're about to this year.....or damn close to it.

They are probably around 600 million licenses for Windows 7 so far now.

Stoffel said,
It's amazing that even on an article about Win7 the Metro haters have to give their 2 cents.
Grow up!

If you see this much hate for Win8 even on Neowin, it's easy to imagine how much more hate and "critical acclaim" this product is gonna receive worldwide.

Not at all. People tend to vent more than to offer praise on the internet. Human nature. In most cases it is the complainers or the radicals that are heard. Works in politics, religion, etc.

g0dlike said,

If you see this much hate for Win8 even on Neowin, it's easy to imagine how much more hate and "critical acclaim" this product is gonna receive worldwide.

efjay said,
As always, here come the Metro haters!!

Sadly, it's not their job to understand how business works, they just don't want any Metro in their Windows and they're angry about it!

efjay said,
As always, here come the Metro haters!!

And the blind worshippers as well..............
He does not like it and he states it, you like it and you state it....... Why people lately need to "mark" others with different opinions? Is tolerance gone?................
So sad..................

Microsoft should really launch Windows 8 only for tablets/mobiles and launch a separate, Windows 7.5 for desktop - based on Windows 8, minus the new Metro start screen.

Windows 8 makes me want to buy a Mac as work computer, keeping a PC only for games. Which is ironic, seeing how Microsoft has abandoned PC gaming and doesn't give a damn about it anymore.

Buio said,
Windows 8 makes me want to buy a Mac as work computer, keeping a PC only for games. Which is ironic, seeing how Microsoft has abandoned PC gaming and doesn't give a damn about it anymore.

oh no? how come they use the xbox to improve directx for windows?

Shadowzz said,

oh no? how come they use the xbox to improve directx for windows?

I never understood the reason to use a locked down console instead of a PC to play games but........

This is great news. Windows-7 will be around for a very long time, especially for laptops and desktops. Windows-8 is clearly oriented for mobile devices. Maybe, just maybe, Microsoft will come out with Windows-9 with major improvements and features for laptops and desktops.

TsarNikky said,
This is great news. Windows-7 will be around for a very long time, especially for laptops and desktops. Windows-8 is clearly oriented for mobile devices. Maybe, just maybe, Microsoft will come out with Windows-9 with major improvements and features for laptops and desktops.

People! This guy tells the truth, always.

togerland said,
I switched from mac os x to windows because of windows 7

Glad to know i'm not the only one; I forgot about my Macbook ever since I got Windows 7.