Microsoft announces that 90 million copies of Windows 7 have been sold

Today at a Morgan Stanley Tech Conference, Microsoft’s Peter Klien announced that 90 million Windows 7 licenses have been sold to date, making it the fastest selling operating system in history.

Microsoft released Windows 7 on October 22, 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.

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 2011 as an ex-Microsoft worker penned July 2011 as the RTM date for Windows 8.

Microsoft is currently readying its first Service Pack for Windows 7. A beta version is expected in June with a public release in September this year.

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I really hope the Polytechnic where I study at upgrades all their systems from xp to 7 and ditches Novel for their networking. The way win7 manages resources just makes using the computer a much less of a hassle and more enjoyable.

Less than half the population of the United States and FAR less than the 6+ Billion people in the world......Think about it along those lines.

Mike Frett said,
Less than half the population of the United States and FAR less than the 6+ Billion people in the world......Think about it along those lines.

Even less than the 900000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 XP users on Earth and the rest of the galaxy. If Win 8 is coming out in 2011, at this rate Win 7 still isn't going to be the one to beat XP.

Mike Frett said,
Less than half the population of the United States and FAR less than the 6+ Billion people in the world......Think about it along those lines.

stupidest way to look at something, and if your trying to put down windows your way of thinking just makes every other operating system look even worse or non-exhistant.

Holy s***! But then again, not completely surprised. Even tried it myself on a friend's netbook and it is actually a decent successor to XP, unlike Vista! :P Will I abandon the Mac for this? Not sure.

Gaara sama said,
There is more people using the illegal copy than legal copy of windows 7

Yeah okay you have that poll for me please. You are saying there are over 90 million people with illegal copies?

Give me a break... I love your unfounded comment.

mrmomoman said,

Yeah okay you have that poll for me please. You are saying there are over 90 million people with illegal copies?

Give me a break... I love your unfounded comment.


Actually its quite possible.

China population 1.1 billion
India poulation 1.1 billion
russia- 160 million
usa- 350 mil

Say about 30% (very conservative figure)of each poulation has access to a computer and
even if just 10% of the people in each of those countries are pirates (this is a very conservative figure once again) you are looking at 100 million priate copies!

And if you happen to look at any warez/crack sites you will find nearly all of them are chinese/russian.
You are easily into the millions of copie

same here... one of those 90 mill, and well satisfied.
Microsoft did well this time around. there is no denying it...

I have four licenses for Windows 7. Two are for Home Premium and the other two are for Ultimate. Technically I got one of the Ultimate license's for free from the Windows 7 Launch event in NYC.

Windows 7 is the only one I did not have to buy as I got a free copy with the Launch Party and another one at the New Efficiency Conference in Kansas City.

neoxphuse said,
Man, I'm hoping our company updates our machines to W7. Vista is alright. But 7 looks freaking amazing.

They're already starting to roll out 7 at my company (amazingly). Just IT folks so far, but everyone else will be getting it before long. It's a very solid OS. I'm not surprised that it's selling well.

neoxphuse said,
Man, I'm hoping our company updates our machines to W7. Vista is alright. But 7 looks freaking amazing.

I hope companies finally start to ditch XP more than Vista.

neoxphuse said,
Man, I'm hoping our company updates our machines to W7. Vista is alright. But 7 looks freaking amazing.
Where I work we're still running XP with no current plan to upgrade

neoxphuse said,
Man, I'm hoping our company updates our machines to W7. Vista is alright. But 7 looks freaking amazing.

I installed it in a dual boot since the IT department basically said off the cuff that they won't support it but they won't stop me from installing it. They probably won't install it until after SP1. They claim this is because of all the "instability" with a new OS and how XP is "tried and true". Funnily enough, my unsanctioned Win7 install runs much faster and doesn't hang like the XP install that IT did when I got the PC. Then again I'm not running Symantec bloatware on my Win7 install so that may be a big part of it. Also nice to address all 4GB of RAM finally.

neodorian said,

I installed it in a dual boot since the IT department basically said off the cuff that they won't support it but they won't stop me from installing it. They probably won't install it until after SP1. They claim this is because of all the "instability" with a new OS and how XP is "tried and true". Funnily enough, my unsanctioned Win7 install runs much faster and doesn't hang like the XP install that IT did when I got the PC. Then again I'm not running Symantec bloatware on my Win7 install so that may be a big part of it. Also nice to address all 4GB of RAM finally.


I agree.

There are quite a few changes in how windows works going from XP to 7. If they never prepared for vista that can be quite a lot of new stuff to learn.

neodorian said,

I installed it in a dual boot since the IT department basically said off the cuff that they won't support it but they won't stop me from installing it. They probably won't install it until after SP1. They claim this is because of all the "instability" with a new OS and how XP is "tried and true". Funnily enough, my unsanctioned Win7 install runs much faster and doesn't hang like the XP install that IT did when I got the PC. Then again I'm not running Symantec bloatware on my Win7 install so that may be a big part of it. Also nice to address all 4GB of RAM finally.

It's not to do with Symantec, it's just a better OS!

GP007 said,

I hope companies finally start to ditch XP more than Vista.

To be honest, I hate 7 and Vista. I've tried to appreciate the design but I don't see why it helps. The only thing i prefer in 7 rather than XP is the themes. I don't care about the security and XP is stable and fast enough for me. 7 on the other hand doesn't run quite as fast in my laptop and when i play games in laptop using 7, it lags far more compared to Xp.

So people shouldn't really ditch Xp. It's just about as good as 7.

Edited by Pestbest, Mar 3 2010, 10:14am :

Rudy said,
I wonder if it counts Technet and MSDN? If so then I have a few otherwise no

Technet don't count but I think MSDN counts....