100 Million Licenses Sold: More than 10% of the World's PCs Using Windows 7
Article by George Norman
On 27 Apr 2010
The latest iteration of the Microsoft-developed operating system, Windows 7, proved to be a properly good OS (operating system) back when it was in Beta. At the time it got a lot of positive feedback from user and from the media. As the OS moved on to RTM (Release To Manufacturing) and then to GA (General Availability), its popularity only increased.

Just how popular is Windows 7 now, six months after its release? Keep in mind that Windows 7 was released on the 22nd of October 2009. According to Windows Communications Manager with Microsoft, Brandon LeBlanc, more than 10% of all the PCs across the globe are now using Windows 7.

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“Exactly 6 months after the launch on October 22, 2009, we’ve sold well over 100 million licenses of Windows 7. To put that in context, more than 10% of all PCs worldwide are already running Windows 7 today. That’s amazing!” said Brandon LeBlanc.

Just to put things in perspective, back in January Microsoft announced that it sold more than 60 million Windows 7 licenses. In March the Redmond-based software giant announced that it sold more than 90 million Windows 7 licenses. Now the company announced that it sold more than 100 million Windows 7 licenses.

With so many Windows 7 licenses being sold, Microsoft is bringing in the big bucks. As a matter of fact, the company announced record Q3 (which ended on the 31st of March) revenues of $14.50 billion. Compared to last year’s same quarter, this is a 6% increase.

“Windows 7 continues to be a growth engine, but we also saw strong growth in other areas like Bing search, Xbox LIVE and our emerging cloud services,” said Peter Klein, chief financial officer at Microsoft. “Our record third-quarter revenue along with continued rigor on cost management resulted in exceptional EPS growth.”

As a little side note, for the quarter that ended this March, Google reported revenues of $6.77 billion while Apple reported revenues of $13.5 billion.



Tags: Microsoft, Windows 7, License, Revenue
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