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Microsoft: 300 million licenses of Windows 7 sold in 15 months

By Emil ยท 21 replies
Jan 28, 2011
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  1. Microsoft has announced that Windows 7 has sold more than 300 million licenses so far, meaning it is still the fastest-selling operating system. Windows 7 has been available to the masses for 15 months.

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  2. Gars

    Gars TS Booster Posts: 230

    @home moved on W7 on August, 2009
    @work - just in the start of the year (got 'lucky' that one of my hard drives from the RAID0 just died)
    the other colleges arent that lucky :D

    so far, im really happy with W7 and im not surprised with the success of the os

    to ppl that still running XP or (even) Vista - move, move, move....
  3. motrin

    motrin TS Booster Posts: 161   +13

    i bot Win7 pro the moment i saw students can get it for 30 US moneys.

    i was surprised to read that Vista only lost around 5 points. i would think that ppl would replace that ASAP. the upgrade is not cheap for most. i bet thats why
  4. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,635   +697

    Well, that's a dent towards the 500 million pirated copies that are being used in China and Eastern Europe. ;)
  5. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Dude, pirate is not the preferred nomenclature. "Non paying customer", please.
  6. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

    At some point many of the corporations that have been camping out on XP will be making the move to Windows7, so this number is likely to grow.
  7. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,635   +697

    LOL @ Gwailo247. ;-)

    Mizzou - exactly. My company is making the move to Windows 7 and Office 10 in the next 3 months.
  8. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 985   +230

    I moved to Windows 7 within the first week of its release, so I'm a happy camper!
  9. Gars

    Gars TS Booster Posts: 230

    its strange, im with you on that
  10. DokkRokken

    DokkRokken TS Rookie Posts: 267

    I'm sure a lot of users aren't even aware they can upgrade an OS, and assume what comes installed on the PC from Best Buy is what it'll have forever.
  11. taobert

    taobert TS Rookie

    Jesus that doesn't account for my 5% market share of pirated copies.
  12. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,979   +71

    I'm saving up and will be building a new system to replace my trusty and ever rock stable socket 939 system. I see no reason to upgrade to 7 on my current system. But once my new build occurs you can bet I'll be moving to Windows 7 64.

    My wife's new laptop came with Windows 7 64 and I installed Office 2010. 7 is very nice.
  13. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 985   +230

    I don't know when you're planning on building this system, but if you put it off long enough, maybe you should just wait for Win 8 :p
  14. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,979   +71

    This year. As far as I can tell from reading which are definitely guesses on anybody's part at this point that 2013 will be the earliest. I wish we all knew just how "different" this OS will be from what we have had for these many years.
  15. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,106

    Windows 7 is the best OS, however windows XP is still the fastest in gaming in my opinion, so i fav xp over win7 , which is why i will continue to use xp .
  16. CamaroMullet

    CamaroMullet TS Rookie Posts: 93

    Win 7 FTW!

    My company with 30k+ employees switched 5 months ago. Lots of small improvements that increase overall productivity.
  17. Sarcasm

    Sarcasm TS Guru Posts: 354   +40

    but but but that's potential sales profits, so that means Microsoft lost like 50000 billion gajillion dollars. Microsoft needs to sue China.
  18. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,541   +2,326

    I'm pretty sure the principle of sovereign immunity kicks, in when a penny ante monopoly like M$ tries to sue a honkin' big monopoly like China. And one must consider that China possesses nuclear weapons.

    Besides, just think of the paperwork involved, when you have 500,000,000 names in the caption of "the above titled action". And then there's the issue of serving 500,000,000 subpoenas.
  19. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    No surprise that Windows 7 (6.1) has become such a success, considering it's predecessor(s). However, even though I'm running Windows 7 on my laptop, there are currently a lot of PC's in the office running no less than 5 alternative OS's.

    Most of them runs Windows XP Pro because of its backwards-compatibility. In the office, we use some Windows 3.11-applications that are vital to our business and are not available anymore on the market. That, or they are simply non-grata on modern machines, thus we still need to use XP's. The media-PC runs Windows XP MCE 2005. The average-PC's runs Linux Ubuntu 10, the prototype firewall-PC runs Windows 98SE, and the test-board PC runs Windows Vista, after being degraded since nobody wanted to use it as a regular PC :D .

    Although, we skipped Vista due to its reputation (we quickly confirmed all of those in our office, in about 1 hour) the mobile-units (the laptops) runs Windows 7.
  20. Windows 7 is just like Vista. Tons of features removed and broken. Poor usability. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_features_removed_in_Windows_7 and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_features_removed_in_Windows_Vista. Unnecessary GUI changes. It would be much more intelligent (and probably much harder to do) innovation to improve Windows without changing the GUI. But changing the cosmetics has mainly one purpose: to conceal, that nothing really new happened.
  21. To the guess who replied on 1/30 at 11:00 AM - YOU must be still running XP! What a joke. Keep telling yourseft you're making the right choice!
  22. Yes I am back to XP after trying Windows 7 for several months. It has the same issues as Vista. Bloated, runs great initially then performance degrades over a period of time, updates take ages to install, removes tons of features, moves everything around to make users think things have improved and changed and the search, Start menu, taskbar and file explorer suck so bad it's impossible to get things done.

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