Microsoft has sold over 60 million Windows 7 licenses, Q2 results

Microsoft today announced a record revenue for the second quarter ended Dec. 31, 2009. Microsoft confirmed it had sold more than 60 million Windows 7 licenses in the second quarter making it the fastest selling operating system in history.

The revenue increase was a 14% increase from the same period of the prior year resulting in $19.02 billion revenue for the second quarter. Microsoft tipped strong Windows 7 sales as a reason for the 14% increase. “Exceptional demand for Windows 7 led to the positive top-line growth for the company,” said Peter Klein, chief financial officer at Microsoft for the second quarter ended Dec. 31, 2009."

“This is a record quarter for Windows units,” said Kevin Turner, chief operating officer at Microsoft. “We are thrilled by the consumer reception to Windows 7 and by business enthusiasm to adopt Windows 7.”

Microsoft's earnings per share were 74 cents which represented an increase of 57%  when compared with the prior year period.

Microsoft released Windows 7 on October 22, 2009. The latest 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.

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Meh. This only shows M$'s ability to strong-arm, coerce, dominate, boss around and pretty much force everyone to pay for Windows even if the clients won't use it.

first post to neowin. yay :P

I'm sure others have thought of this as well but the three major things that comes to my tech newbish mind for this is,

1: all this is showing to me is that well within the last 9 years computers has become more mainstream as it wasn't before in the home world and even more to the business world.

2: ok Microsoft can brag that people spent money on their OS when getting their new computer but how many are actually using the preinstalled windows 7 compare to who's reformatting their hdd with WinXP, Linux or any other OS?

3: If this is the fastest growing Windows but yet still dropping in the market percentage then wouldn't that mean even though they are showing great stats here, still the other OS's is showing even better growth based on their own past percentages?

ludwig7666 said,
2: ok Microsoft can brag that people spent money on their OS when getting their new computer but how many are actually using the preinstalled windows 7 compare to who's reformatting their hdd with WinXP, Linux or any other OS?
Tbh, I would be surprised if it's anything less than 99%. (That 1% would still be a big number, mind you.)

Good on them. Despite the financial climate and the loss of faith over Vista they have done it again. Windows 7 is the new XP :D

All the haters mock Microsoft but I saw on the news this morning that Bill Gates's and his wife is donating 10 Billion (with a B) dollars over the next 10 years to charity. I wonder how much Steve donates?

I think it's been pretty much understood over the last 10 years at least amonst people who really know that the "Gates" give away more money than Jobs, Scott McNealy, Larry Ellison, and all those other MS haters combined by a long shot.

say what you will about his company, Bill Gates and his wife however are very good people IMO.

Hellacool said,
All the haters mock Microsoft but I saw on the news this morning that Bill Gates's and his wife is donating 10 Billion (with a B) dollars over the next 10 years to charity. I wonder how much Steve donates?

When you consider this has nothing to do with the topic, it is indeed interesting. It should be noted that the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation has assets well in excess of the $10B they've agreed to donate this year. If you read Bill's Annual letter from the foundation, you will see how much they've already given and what they've accomplished.

Back to the topic, does this include Windows Server 2008 R2 sales?
If not, I'd like to see my fellow neowinians dig up those numbers. That's the adoption rate that is really important. The server has all of the benefits of the 'under the hood' work, as it's been referred.

Big businesses need to think about updating their server OSes.

I'd like to see microsoft make more inroads in that market.
Then they would have something to make them feel proud.

That is the market where they are the minority.
Their newest server has the power to change it.

Edited by deadonthefloor, Jan 30 2010, 6:55am :

Hellacool said,
All the haters mock Microsoft but I saw on the news this morning that Bill Gates's and his wife is donating 10 Billion (with a B) dollars over the next 10 years to charity. I wonder how much Steve donates?

Bull. Bill Gates move those sums to his wife's "charity" institution to evade taxes and since it's his wife's institution the money remains in the family.

I think the only problem might be Microsoft have made a rod for there own back!
Don`t get me wrong, i love Windows 7 and got a copy for the pre-order price (only wish i`d bought a few more :-( ), but there really going to have to go some with Windows 8 to get the same reaction and volume of sales.
There allways going to get the OEM revenue but as a lot of people skipped Vista or tried it and wen`t back to XP, will the same happen with 7?
It`s fresh, looks and performs great, is more secure in the right way, why will people need to upgrade to 8?

Riggers said,
I think the only problem might be Microsoft have made a rod for there own back!
Don`t get me wrong, i love Windows 7 and got a copy for the pre-order price (only wish i`d bought a few more :-( ), but there really going to have to go some with Windows 8 to get the same reaction and volume of sales.
There allways going to get the OEM revenue but as a lot of people skipped Vista or tried it and wen`t back to XP, will the same happen with 7?
It`s fresh, looks and performs great, is more secure in the right way, why will people need to upgrade to 8?

if they fail horribly with 8, i can see 7 easily living twice it's expected life

actually what would be a better comparison is how big an % windows XP/Vista users upgraded to win7 vs how big an % of osx users upgraded to snot leopard

MSFT sell 60 million copies of Win7. Yet all the hype in teh press is about Apple announcing their utter failure iPad. 60 million units sold in one quarter while Apple expects to sell 2 million units in a year. Puts things in perspective really.

Its time people woke up to the fact that MSFT are a REAL software company. They do software better than anybody. Google are an advertising sales company - their software just sucks. Apple is a phone handset company - a tablet with no handwriting? What's the matter, can't write the code?. Sun makes boxes. Went tits-up. Now they make boxes for Oracle.

greatscot said,
MSFT sell 60 million copies of Win7. Yet all the hype in teh press is about Apple announcing their utter failure iPad. 60 million units sold in one quarter while Apple expects to sell 2 million units in a year. Puts things in perspective really.

Its time people woke up to the fact that MSFT are a REAL software company. They do software better than anybody. Google are an advertising sales company - their software just sucks. Apple is a phone handset company - a tablet with no handwriting? What's the matter, can't write the code?. Sun makes boxes. Went tits-up. Now they make boxes for Oracle.

That's just a matter of opinion. I found some Microsoft products good. But a lot suck. Just like I found a couple costly apps better than the free ones and vice versa.

greatscot said,
MSFT sell 60 million copies of Win7. Yet all the hype in teh press is about Apple announcing their utter failure iPad. 60 million units sold in one quarter while Apple expects to sell 2 million units in a year. Puts things in persective really.

Its time people woke up to the fact that MSFT are a REAL software company. They do software better than anybody. Google are an advertising sales company - their software just sucks. Apple is a phone handset company - a tablet with no handriting? What's the matter, can't write the code?. Sun makes boxes. Went tits-up. Now they make boxes for Oracle.

The reason the press is all over the iPad is because it is a new product

It's great but too bad it won't last for Windows 8. It has always been that way..repeating history is a thing for Microsoft. XP-->Good-->Vista--Meh--7---Yaya! lol.

MaSx said,
It's great but too bad it won't last for Windows 8. It has always been that way..repeating history is a thing for Microsoft. XP-->Good-->Vista--Meh--7---Yaya! lol.

3.1-->95-->98-->Me-->(2000) figures into this, how?

Kirkburn said,

3.1-->95-->98-->Me-->(2000) figures into this, how?

3.1-->meh 95-->good 98-->better--> ME--> um where do i start 2k-->good XP--> excellent Vista--> another MEH WIN7--> WOOHOO YEAH BABY!!!

I'm glad for Microsoft. Windows 7 is a fine OS (I'm still partial to OS X, but I won't say Windows sucks anymore).

Competition is good, and they really weren't doing well after Vista's launch. This only forces other OS vendors to release better products.

Been running it since day one on the home box. Came with my new laptop.
Do the number of "sold" licenses also include the ones sold with new computers?
I know MS "sells" more on new boxes, but do they have a breakdown on the number sold
with a new computer vs those in the retail segment?

They truly deserve it. Windows 7 is a fantastic product. Finally!! They have modernized windows to bring it up to date in terms of functionality as well as aesthetics. The consumers have liked it and the results are in front of our eyes.

It's no surprise to me...Its the best OS they have made....and yet its not really that much different to Vista.

Market share looks like its back above the 90% mark again now.....and poor old OSX is still only 5.7% lol it can't even get to double figures lmao

Baked said,
It's no surprise to me...Its the best OS they have made....and yet its not really that much different to Vista.

Market share looks like its back above the 90% mark again now.....and poor old OSX is still only 5.7% lol it can't even get to double figures lmao

actuallly Mark Russinovich on inside windows 7 says there's quite alot of changes gone on under the hood that the normal user just doesn't realise stuff that probably should have been in the original Vista but for one reason or another wasn't well atleast not till SP2 at any rate

Atlonite said,

actuallly Mark Russinovich on inside windows 7 says there's quite alot of changes gone on under the hood that the normal user just doesn't realise stuff that probably should have been in the original Vista but for one reason or another wasn't well atleast not till SP2 at any rate

All you have to do is boot up 7 to see that a LOT was improved under the hood... Microsoft did a good job with 7 and it sounds like they're going to be continuing this work and optimization in future versions of Windows as well...

Windows 7 is the best OS I've used..

Looks like there are several others that agree with me. **** apple. My Nexus is on its way.

thevjm said,
Windows 7 is the best OS I've used..

Looks like there are several others that agree with me. **** apple. My Nexus is on its way.

OS X is the best OS I've ever used... There are so many things I can and WANT to do in OS X that I can't in windows 7 without using 3rd party applications...

However it seems Apple are concentrating on the mobile market now, with iPhone, iPod Touch and now iPad. I just hope they don't ignore the desktop OS...

d4v1d05 said,
OS X is the best OS I've ever used... There are so many things I can and WANT to do in OS X that I can't in windows 7 without using 3rd party applications...

However it seems Apple are concentrating on the mobile market now, with iPhone, iPod Touch and now iPad. I just hope they don't ignore the desktop OS...


Microsoft would be more than happy to include applications with Windows to do everything it is you want to do.

If you'd like to see this happen, please tell their competitors to stop taking them to court every time they try.

d4v1d05 said,
OS X is the best OS I've ever used... There are so many things I can and WANT to do in OS X that I can't in windows 7 without using 3rd party applications...

However it seems Apple are concentrating on the mobile market now, with iPhone, iPod Touch and now iPad. I just hope they don't ignore the desktop OS...

Well, in fairness, due to Microsoft's success and market dominance they aren't allowed to include a lot of things in their OS... LOL If Apple had market share they'd get sued and fined to the point of cutting things from their OS as well...

d4v1d05 said,
OS X is the best OS I've ever used... There are so many things I can and WANT to do in OS X that I can't in windows 7 without using 3rd party applications...

However it seems Apple are concentrating on the mobile market now,with iPhone, iPod Touch and now iPad. I just hope they don't ignore the desktop OS...

What exactly can OSX do that Windows can't?

d4v1d05 said,
OS X is the best OS I've ever used... There are so many things I can and WANT to do in OS X that I can't in windows 7 without using 3rd party applications...

However it seems Apple are concentrating on the mobile market now, with iPhone, iPod Touch and now iPad. I just hope they don't ignore the desktop OS...


I can put it this way.... windows 7 is the best because there are many things I can and want to do that I cant in OSX using third party application.

d4v1d05 said,
OS X is the best OS I've ever used... There are so many things I can and WANT to do in OS X that I can't in windows 7 without using 3rd party applications...

I find this humorous, because if Microsoft does this, it's classified as "bloat". Wonder why Apple's allowed to get away with it.

spenser.d said,

so what if it is?

Oh, oh, but it doesn't count if it's cheap... cheap = bad, that's what Apple has taught us.

Rodrigo said,

Oh, oh, but it doesn't count if it's cheap... cheap = bad, that's what Apple has taught us.


lol... that was good one.

Madoshi said,
over 60 million... is that including the $30 university preorders?

not that there is anything wrong with that, i think its a good idea to temporarily offer a new OS to young people at a dirt cheap price

Madoshi said,

not that there is anything wrong with that, i think its a good idea to temporarily offer a new OS to young people at a dirt cheap price

and now because of that, I'm further locked into Office:Outlook for my personal e-mail/calendar.

Secure, Rock solid, Beautiful, Fast, millions of applications for it, what else can you ask for from an Operating system? 7 is simply the best consumer OS out there, period.

I live in Seattle WA and one of my friends works in Microsoft and I was able to get 7 copies of Windows 7 (Home Premium) for total of $210.00.

Amazing OS! My old laptops run better with 7 than XP or 2000. Simply amazing. Good work, MS!

SHoTTa35 said,
Definitely loving it on my system as well. Gotta say, they hit a home run with this one.

Yeah, I agree. I like 7 a lot... I can't wait to upgrade my main machine...

Looking at the break down of the numbers on another site the only area that had a loss was Online services, so bing and I guess MSN, of $466million. Every other division made money, E&D has lower revenues, came in at $2.9billion but even so they made more profit, $375million compared to $130million a year ago.

All in all, things are doing fine. If MS can get the online devision to finally make a damn profit that'd be great. I think they will in time actually.

Pam14160 said,
It goes to show when you open up the testing to the public it can pays off. Smart move.

they did that with Vista also

winrez said,

they did that with Vista also

I can't say they did it as much. Microsoft actually pushed forward (advertised, encouraged etc) beta testing for Windows 7 since they knew it was a stable platform. I liked Vista and thought it was great, much better than XP but Windows 7 is just a fantastic platform. I actually deleted my Linux partition since I never really used it since 7 came out :(

Billus said,

I can't say they did it as much. Microsoft actually pushed forward (advertised, encouraged etc) beta testing for Windows 7 since they knew it was a stable platform. I liked Vista and thought it was great, much better than XP but Windows 7 is just a fantastic platform. I actually deleted my Linux partition since I never really used it since 7 came out :(

You'd be surprised to find out then that the Windows 7 beta, while more advertised (the public previews) was a lot LESS open than the Windows Vista beta. Not too mention far fewer builds were released to testers for Windows 7 that Windows Vista. Anyone who participated in the technical betas (not the public betas) will probably agree.

In any case, they did a very good job with Windows 7, and their sales proves it :)

Edited by Chsoriano, Jan 29 2010, 8:49pm :