It is hard to believe but Windows 7 has been on the market for 18 months. During that time, the platform has experienced tremendous growth and adoption by users all over the world; including business environments.
Announced today on the Windowsteamblog is that Windows 7 has sold more than 350 million licenses to date. Also mentioned is that analyst firms like IDC have estimated that 90% of business are either drafting or have already started implementing Windows 7 and in most cases this is to replace Windows XP. And by deploying Windows 7, companies are saving, on average, $140 per PC per year. This generates a return on investment of 131% over a 12 month period.
The growth of Windows 7 shows the the platform has a solid foundation for success and will most likely eclipse Windows XP in the near future as the platform of choice for many end users. While the success of Windows 7 is easy to attribute to it's intuitive features and solid performance. It is hard to ignore that Windows Vista set the groundwork for the success that Windows 7 is now experiencing.
But not to become complacent in the marketplace, Microsoft is hard at work on Windows 8. The next generation platform is expected to be released in late 2012 with the latest rumor suggesting retail availability in early 2013.