240 Million Windows 7 Licenses Sold, Says Microsoft
Article by George Norman
On 25 Oct 2010
This Friday, the 22nd of October, Redmond-based software giant Microsoft celebrated Windows 7’s first anniversary. As you may remember, the Windows 7 operating system hit GA (General Availability) status on the 22nd of October, 2009. We here at FindMySoft had reasons to celebrate as well – the 22nd of October marked my 2nd anniversary here at FindMySoft – that’s why there we no news or reviews on Friday.

Getting back to Microsoft, on Windows 7’s first anniversary the company announced this fact: more than 240 million Windows 7 licenses have been sold so far. “Today’s an exciting day! We are announcing that more than 240 million licenses of Windows 7 have been sold,” announced on Friday Windows Communications Manager, Brandon LeBlanc.

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For those of you who like to keep track of these things, Microsoft announced back in January that it sold more than 60 million Windows 7 licenses (and made a profit of $6.66 billion, which some have called devilishly high). Then in March, Microsoft announced that the number of Windows 7 licenses it sold went up and over the 90 million mark. Then in April, precisely 6 months after the launch of Windows 7, Microsoft announced that it sold more than 100 million Windows licenses. Then in June Microsoft announced it sold more than 150 million Windows 7 Licenses.

Back to LeBlanc now; the Communication Manager provided a few other interesting details about Windows 7 adoption;
- As of September, Windows 7 powers 93% of new consumer PCs.
- As of October 1st and according to Net Applications, more than 17% of all the computers in the world are now powered by Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system.
- Windows 7 was being sold by all of Microsoft’s OEM partners 6 months after the operating system’s release. Microsoft has more than 18,000 OEM partners, and 6 months after the launch of Windows 7, they were all selling the operating system. 6 months after the launch of Windows Vista, only 70% were selling the operating system.

“Over the last year, we saw that customer satisfaction for Microsoft had outpaced Apple in February and in May the American Customer Satisfaction Index report showed a jump in customer satisfaction for Microsoft in 2010 over the previous year. Both of these attribute Windows 7 as the key factor for improved customer satisfaction for Microsoft. Customers are very happy with Windows 7,” said LeBlanc.



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