Windows 7: 350 Million Licenses Sold and Some Awesome Videos
Article by George Norman
On 26 Apr 2011
The number of Windows 7 licenses Microsoft sold all over the world has gone up and up ever since the operating system was launched back in October 2009. Microsoft recently announced that in the 18 months the Windows 7 operating system has been on the market, more than 350 million licenses have been sold.

Ever since Windows 7 hit GA (General Availability), Microsoft has been regularly releasing information on how well the operating system is doing. Every now and again the Redmond-based software giant would make public the number of Windows 7 licenses it sold, showcasing the fact that Windows 7 is the fastest selling operating system in history.

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Here are the figures Microsoft made public:
January 2010 – 60 million licenses sold
March 2010 – 90 million licenses sold
April 2010 – 100 million licenses sold
June 2010 – 150 million licenses sold
October 2010 – 240 million licenses sold
January 2011 – 300 million licenses sold
April 2011 – 350 million licenses sold.

About the “fastest selling operating system in history” bit I mentioned above. Back in January 2009 Craig Beilinson, Director of Marketing with Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division, said Windows 7 is “by far the fastest selling operating system in history.” Then in January 2011 Chief Operating Officer with Microsoft, Kevin Turner, said “Windows 7 continues to be the fastest-growing operating system in history.” The figures presented above certainly prove that Windows 7 is selling at an incredibly rapid pace.

Moving on to the “some awesome videos” part of this article’s title, from January 4th until April 7th, Microsoft ran a video contest and asked filmmakers from all over the world to showcase Windows 7’s and Windows Live’s capabilities in a video that spoke directly to students. Microsoft recently announced the winners of said competition. They are as follows:

Grand Prize Winner – Detention by Josh Soskin
2nd Prize Winner – Amazing Apps by Cyril Gfeller
3rd Prize Winner – Windows Live by Justin Thomas, United States
4th Place Winner – Me, When by Laco Gaal, Hungary
5th Place Winner – 7 Versions by Paul Sg Boyd, Canada

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