Apple Touts Lion Adoption, Picks on Microsoft
Article by George Norman
On 05 Oct 2011
According to Microsoft, its latest and greatest operating system, Windows 7, is the fastest selling operating system in history. Last month, at the BUILD Conference, Microsoft CEO Steven Sinofsky backed that claim up by revealing that more than 450 million Windows 7 license have been sold all over the world – which averages out at 7 licenses per second and some 650K licenses per day. Microsoft couldn’t be happier with the adoption of Windows 7.

But if you were to ask Apple, it would say that Windows 7 adoption is behind Mac OS X 10.7 Lion adoption. That is precisely what Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook touted yesterday during the press conference when the iPhone 4S and iOS 5 were unveiled to the public.


Tim Cook noted that it took about 20 weeks for Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system to reach about 10% of its installed based while it took Apple’s Lion just two weeks to do so. Apple’s eight major version of the OS X operating system needed one tenth of the time it took Windows 7 to reach about 10% of its installed based.

A few other interesting details about Apple’s popularity among customers have been shared by Tim Cook. He explained that so far, Lion has been downloaded more than 6 million times from the Mac App Store (as a little reminder, Lion was released to the Mac App Store on the 20th of July and it generated 1 million downloads in the first day alone) and that there are some 60 million Mac users at an international level.

While Microsoft decided to discontinue its Zune player, Apple is going strong. More than 70% of the MP3 player market belongs to Apple. It has sold more than 300 million iPods so far; the first iPod was introduced to the market about a decade ago.

Tags: Apple, Mac OS X, Lion, Mac App Store, Microsoft, Windows 7
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