Microsoft confirms 600m Windows 7 licences sold

Windows 8 is now tantalisingly close, with the last major public milestone before its launch, the Release Preview, being made available to customers last week. But while you may expect Windows 7 sales to have all but collapsed ahead of the launch of its successor, the current-gen OS is actually selling rather nicely for now.

Indeed, as The Verge reports, Microsoft’s Steve Guggenheimer has confirmed at Computex that the company has now sold more than 600 million licences since Windows 7 was launched back in late 2009. News of the latest figure comes just a few months after it was previously announced that MS had sold 525m licences.

Microsoft will surely be enjoying the stability of Windows 7 sales in as it turns its attentions to the new and overhauled products that will be joining its range later this year, with Windows 8 in particularly being seen as a big bet with no guarantee of success. Guggenheimer isn't worried though: "This is the biggest launch time in Microsoft’s history. In addition to updating Windows client, Windows Server, phone and embedded platforms, there’s a massive wave of software and services coming to market that we think will delight customers.”

After the announcement of exciting new additions to its Xbox entertainment platform at E3 this week, the next major announcement is likely to be that of Windows Phone 8, at a special event on June 20 in San Francisco – and of course, Neowin will be there to cover everything that’s revealed.

With the first sales of Windows 8 devices still months away, Microsoft has now launched a new discounted upgrade scheme, allowing a customer buying a Windows 7 PC to get an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $15 once the new OS becomes available.  

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Just like people walking out of a movie theater still counts as watching the movie, nobody is counting all the people who moved to Linux or back to XP. And from the people we talk to everyday, seems to be quite a lot.

Does this figure include everyone that has licenses via TechNet, MSDN and the Microsoft Partner Action Packs too? If not the amount of Windows 7 installs is going to be much higher as well as the installations from pirate software.

Smart people are "stocking up" by buying Windows-8 for their laptops and desktops. They realize that Windows-8 is designed for mobile devices and want to get full value out of the hardware they already possess.

Gaara sama said,
Microsoft confirms 600m Windows 7 licences sold..... well that not lot

I just wondering how much pirate are?

These actual registered sales, pirated copies do not count in this equation, but if you were to count them in including the student beside right now with a freshly installed OEM Loader Windows 7 Ultimate on his system, Windows 7 probably running on over 700 million systems world wide.

TheLegendOfMart said,
Bloody hell that's a lot of Windows. I knew it was a lot but didn't realise that much.

Plus they have no record of pirated copies.

simrat said,

Plus they have no record of pirated copies.

Just what I was thinking, I bet Microsoft are close to a billion Windows 7 installs the amount of pirated copies that must be around.

"...Windows 8 in particularly being seen as a big bet with no guarantee of success..."

When you are OEM installed you could push out anything and sell it. I am growing into 8 but even if it were another Vista it will sell because of the OEM sales.

Depicus said,
"...Windows 8 in particularly being seen as a big bet with no guarantee of success..."

When you are OEM installed you could push out anything and sell it. I am growing into 8 but even if it were another Vista it will sell because of the OEM sales.


Indeed, it can succeed or fail it wouldn't matter, it will succeed anyways due to OEM sales.

Depicus said,
"...Windows 8 in particularly being seen as a big bet with no guarantee of success..."

When you are OEM installed you could push out anything and sell it. I am growing into 8 but even if it were another Vista it will sell because of the OEM sales.

This is why people are buying Windows-7. One may be "stuck" having to buy Windows-8 on your laptop or desktop; but with a copy of Windows-7 at hand, you can do a "clean install" of Windows-7 on your new hardware and be good to go.