Microsoft: 400 million Windows 7 licenses sold to date

During the keynote at WPC: Day 1, Steve Ballmer took to the stage and announced that Microsoft has now sold more than 400 million licenses for Windows 7 to date.

Since the release of Windows 7 on July 22, 2009 (RTM), it has surpassed all of Microsoft's expectations and has become the worlds fastest selling operating system. Windows 7 was only the stepping stone to Microsoft's recent success though. Microsoft Office 2010 also became the fastest selling Office software in history, too.

The Windows Team Blog also mentioned that Windows 7 was holding true to it, selling 7 copies every second around the world. The team also mentioned that Internet Explorer 9 is now the most popular modern browser, running on 17% of all Windows 7 PCs worldwide.

As the company continues its success with Windows 7, Microsoft is already working hard on Windows 8. The next major operating system will improve off of Windows 7, will feature UI changes and have a second interface designed specifically for tablets.

There has already been a handful of Windows 8 build leaks in the past few months. As there isn't any official release dates, analysts believe that Microsoft is nearing the public beta stage to help maintain its timeline of achieving an RTM in 2012.

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To show some love MS should give discounts to those that purchased this if they intend on upgrading to Windows 8.

sava700 said,
To show some love MS should give discounts to those that purchased this if they intend on upgrading to Windows 8.

Great idea! Maybe they should have a full version, and an upgrade version for people who already own a copy of Windows?

guru said,
If anything, this shows "Post PC world" is more wishful thinking than reality...

Obviously. You can't get any real work done on tablet computers, it's all just for play.

gzAsher said,
I bet there are twice as much 'non liscensed Win7 users'

No, there aren't, because the Internet figures show there are 27% of Internet users running Windows 7. If it was twice that, you would have 81% of Internet users running Windows 7 already. Large portion of Windows XP users exist in China and they are not planning on upgrading anytime soon or at all simply because most of those installations are pirated.

Mr. Dee said,

No, there aren't, because the Internet figures show there are 27% of Internet users running Windows 7. If it was twice that, you would have 81% of Internet users running Windows 7 already. Large portion of Windows XP users exist in China and they are not planning on upgrading anytime soon or at all simply because most of those installations are pirated.
Pirated software is most used in third world countries where not necessarily every Windows 7 user has an internet connection. I know some places in the world where Vaio notebooks (prolly smuggled) are sold for $200 and latest game titles are sold for $1 per dvd

Mr. Dee said,

No, there aren't, because the Internet figures show there are 27% of Internet users running Windows 7. If it was twice that, you would have 81% of Internet users running Windows 7 already. Large portion of Windows XP users exist in China and they are not planning on upgrading anytime soon or at all simply because most of those installations are pirated.

The internet figures don't know the difference between a genuine copy or a pirated copy. 27% of internet users use Windows 7, with some of them genuine and some pirated.

I loved both Windows Vista and Windows 7. I never had the issues with Windows Vista people are talking about. That also may be because I've always had a competent computer and didn't try to run Windows Vista on a Commodore 64.

GollyJeeWizz said,
I loved both Windows Vista and Windows 7. I never had the issues with Windows Vista people are talking about. That also may be because I've always had a competent computer and didn't try to run Windows Vista on a Commodore 64.

^ This. I'm using Windows Vista since 2008 until Windows 7 (beta) came out and I had nothing bad to say about it. Rock solid and fast too!

now, i wonder how many people is using windows 7, including pirated copies. lol
but its nice windows 7 has sold this good!

I cant wait for windows 8 though, i will get it as soon as its released.

SHS said,
So that should be about $30/35 billion made

I think its more like 20 billion made.. I think they only average about 50-60 bucks per licence because of all the deals with dell and those companies for like 40-50 bucks per licence

KingCrimson said,
The downside to this is people are so happy with 7 that they won't buy 8. MSFT needs new revenue streams FAST.

Totally agree, I'm happy with Win 7 and I don't see any reason to upgrade to 8. At least for the next 4-5 years

KingCrimson said,
The downside to this is people are so happy with 7 that they won't buy 8. MSFT needs new revenue streams FAST.

Anyone getting a new PC will most definitely get Windows 8. Most Windows licenses sold are not home users upgrading from one version to another, they're new computers and businesses migrating.

Confuser said,

Totally agree, I'm happy with Win 7 and I don't see any reason to upgrade to 8. At least for the next 4-5 years

We haven't even seen the Windows 8, except the Start screen. No features shown.
Thats why you don't see a reason to upgrade.

I hated Vista but freaking love windows 7. My 4 year old laptop works better with windows 7 than it ever did with Vista. I just wish my work would upgrade to windows 7, XP is nothing compared to windows 7.

I hope Windows 8 will be better. Microsoft learned a lot from the Vista fiascal

Microsoft should realize that Windows 7 is the new XP, you are gonna have a hard time in the next 10 years getting us off it onto new releases. Personally, I suspect the future of Windows releases will be more like Service Packs, similar to how Chrome releases new versions, yearly, small incremental updates.

Mr. Dee said,
Microsoft should realize that Windows 7 is the new XP, you are gonna have a hard time in the next 10 years getting us off it onto new releases. Personally, I suspect the future of Windows releases will be more like Service Packs, similar to how Chrome releases new versions, yearly, small incremental updates.

It isn't the new XP though. Windows 8 will come out shortly after 7 and won't require much faster computers than does 7. That was the problem from XP to Vista, it took too long and Vista required much stronger hardware than XP. Once Windows 8 comes out, most new Windows licenses will be Windows 8. A single Windows version will probably never get as high of a marketshare as XP got, as new ones will be coming out at a faster rate.

Mr. Dee said,
Microsoft should realize that Windows 7 is the new XP, you are gonna have a hard time in the next 10 years getting us off it onto new releases. Personally, I suspect the future of Windows releases will be more like Service Packs, similar to how Chrome releases new versions, yearly, small incremental updates.

but how do they make any money?! you want them to charge like 20 bucks a month?!

mrp04 said,

It isn't the new XP though. Windows 8 will come out shortly after 7 and won't require much faster computers than does 7. That was the problem from XP to Vista, it took too long and Vista required much stronger hardware than XP. Once Windows 8 comes out, most new Windows licenses will be Windows 8. A single Windows version will probably never get as high of a marketshare as XP got, as new ones will be coming out at a faster rate.

I seriously think you are new to this Windows 8 thing. It is one thing Steven Sinofsky made very clear, Windows 8 will use the same system requirements like Windows 7. If its one thing Microsoft cherishes and thats backward compatibility. Why do you think Windows XP can still run on modern hardware 10 years later. When I say its the new Windows XP, I mean its gonna be slow to get businesses upgrading to newer releases because they are very satisfied with this release. Many businesses won't be starting their pilots and deployments until late next year, some will wait until support completely ends in 2014. So Windows 7 will be with us for a very long time.

Lachlan said,

but how do they make any money?! you want them to charge like 20 bucks a month?!


The new releases will probably not be monthly, but more like quarterly or yearly. Which would make the payment of $20 more feasible. I remember when Windows 98 SE cost just $19 for Windows 98 users. When you work it out, it would be worth it and you have the option of skipping certain releases. So, if you don't want Windows 16, you can just wait for Windows 20. These won't be major architectural changes, but they will be significant enough to guarantee interest in upgrading.

Stup0t said,
I am loving windows 7, but I am wary about windows 8, time will tell.

Im pretty sure you will be able to set up windows 8 to be exactly like windows 7..

wahoospa said,
Microsoft: 400 million Windows 7 licenses stole to date ; )

LMFAO. Toshiba stole mine for me. They offered me a bios update WITH an updated slic table to include windows 7. Idiots.

daniel_rh said,
Wow, Windows 8 will have a hard time to get to this level!

I think they are hoping they can keep this momentum going for windows 8.. I think it will be alot easier to upgrade from 7-8 and will probably only be like 99 bucks to upgrade so they will make a killing.

Something tells me 8 won't be such a big seller, which doesn't mean it will be a bad OS. In a way it will probably be to 7 what ME was to 98 and what Vista was to XP. A lot of folks are finally moving from XP to 7 giving the positive impressions and the fact 7 actually run fine on contemporary hardware (whereas Vista apart from some not so popular design decisions (UAC anyone?) also struggled on the average hardware back then). Let's see. Good times.

Breach said,
Something tells me 8 won't be such a big seller...

I tend to agree, because the Windows Team Blog post predicts a future of Windows 8 devices and Windows 7 running side by side.

+1. Exactly, people didn't move to Vista because of the Hardware hog it was in comparison to the hardware they were having. Today, 7 offers less Hardware demand at a great hardware disposal, and does a very good job displaying Vista's goodies with fewer resources than it's ancestor . 8 is aimed more to Touch devices (which will become common in the following years).
But who knws? Maybe DirectX 12 or other technology can get people to Windows 8...

Breach said,
Something tells me 8 won't be such a big seller, which doesn't mean it will be a bad OS. (...)

Pricing. If for example they offered cheaper upgrade licenses from 7 to 8, it would still have a chance to be a boom. Many won't see the need to upgrade as they are satisfied enough with 7, so that should be MS's big problem/target. However for 8 preinstalled in new PCs, we all know it's gonna get great figures anyway.

Just in case any haters were wondering about IE9, just because it's 17% on Windows 7 PCs, that doesn't translate to a small market share. It's simple, really. Windows 7 has around 30% market share, so you do the simple math:
0.17 × 0.3 = 0.051
or 5.1%. So IE9 has about 5.1% of the total computer browser usage, evened out by all of the other platforms. In other words, IE9 has 5.1% market share, according to this article.

PlogCF said,
Just in case any haters were wondering about IE9, just because it's 17% on Windows 7 PCs, that doesn't translate to a small market share. It's simple, really. Windows 7 has around 30% market share, so you do the simple math:
0.17 × 0.3 = 0.051
or 5.1%. So IE9 has about 5.1% of the total computer browser usage, evened out by all of the other platforms. In other words, IE9 has 5.1% market share, according to this article.

Not to mention that big corporations force users/employee to use IE...

WAR-DOG said,

Not to mention that big corporations force users/employee to use IE...

And they do the same with Firefox, too.
Shut up.

WAR-DOG said,

Not to mention that big corporations force users/employee to use IE...

i see more places i work with FF then with IE8

WAR-DOG said,

Not to mention that big corporations force users/employee to use IE...

Someone does not like Industry standard... Its a management thing as well as a security thing you know.

Out of all 3 exposed browsers its best to use the only close source and most supported one...

My opinion anyway, since IE9 and its W7 integration i see no reason to use any other... I left FF long ago for IE

As IE 9 is concerned, the number don't mean much. I understand MS wanting to push user toward Win 7, but they shot themselves in the proverbial foot by not letting XP user install IE 9. There is no technological reason for that, just marketing.

So how would IE 9 number be if XP user could install it ?

WAR-DOG said,

Not to mention that big corporations force users/employee to use IE...
Its not force. These companies build their apps based on how IE works bec on an Intranet it works very well and the support si for at least 5 years plus what they may extra for. Its more worth it vs say Firefox that changes every month.

Its not force, its call standardizing

SHoTTa35 said,
1 year, 8 months, 19 days later - Not too shabby.

(365+241+19)*24*60*60*7= 378000000

A little more than 7 license per second.

SHoTTa35 said,
1 year, 8 months, 19 days later - Not too shabby.

I read this as Windows Phone 7 licences.. and was shocked.

SHoTTa35 said,
1 year, 8 months, 19 days later - Not too shabby.

Win 7 is a good OS, and with the Vista fiasco, so that doesn't really surprised me.

Captain555 said,

Win 7 is a good OS, and with the Vista fiasco, so that doesn't really surprised me.

Actually I'm quite surprised, especially because of the bad publicity Microsoft had with Vista.
With so many people complaining about a product, they did a great job to shut them up by releasing a fantastic Windows 7.