400 Million Windows 7 Licenses Sold

400 Million Windows 7 Licenses Sold

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Today during the Day 1 keynote of our annual Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Steve Ballmer revealed that Windows 7 has officially sold 400 million licenses to-date. Our previous statement of 7 copies of Windows 7 sold a second continues to hold true. We continue to see excellent momentum for Windows 7 as well as Internet Explorer 9. According to Net Applications as of June 2011, Windows 7 is now running on 27.13% of all PCs worldwide. And of PCs running Windows 7 in the U.S., Internet Explorer 9 is now the most popular modern browser. Internet Explorer 9 is running on 17% of Windows 7 PCs worldwide.

Corporate Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Windows and Windows Live Tami Reller joined Steve Ballmer today during the Worldwide Partner Conference keynote where she highlighted that Windows 7 is the path to Windows 8 and that we believe that in the future, we will see enterprise environments running a combination of Windows 8 devices and apps alongside Windows 7 PCs and apps. For more on Windows 8, I suggest reading this article from Julie Larson-Green, Corporate Vice President of Windows Program Management titled Previewing Windows 8 from June.

However this was only a small part of announcements we’re making from the Worldwide Partner Conference. Check out this blog post from Erwin Visser from the Windows for your Business Blog for more!

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  • Wow!!! 400Million copies, that's an amazing achievement.

    What could we expect in Windows 8?

  • but I hope this will double when windows 8 comes out but I hope that it is in less time than what windows 7 has but one thing is that I hope that you can pay a thirty dollar upgrade from windows 7 to windows 8 as that would be pretty good, but also cost could be reduced

  • How many licenses comes with 7 ultimate?

  • Awesome!  Keep it up, Windows! :) I love it. Thanks.

  • Wow, and I am one of lucky owner of genuine Windows 7. Thank you for your existence and good luck from Georgia

  • How many licenses comes with 7 ultimate?

  • Awesome!  Keep it up, Windows! :)

  • That's great good to see people are purchasing more windows 7. Guys who has pirated version plseas get a licence,

  • KR
    503 Posts

    Windows 7 rocks,i pin all my frequently used apps on my superbar and no icons on my desktop,makes it look neat

  • abm
    268 Posts

    +1 for Windows 7. FWIW, I have few comments about two basic features of WindOS (a wish-list for next version):

    1- File Management - an enhanced file manager; with basic utilities like batch file rename, find-and-delete duplicate files, user-defined color coded grouping (currently we have number of attributes to group files but what if someone needs random grouping beyond that attribute set) and much more.

    2- Content Sharing - Windows Intune brings a revolutionary way to connect and administrate number of PCs running windows in a network. Nonetheless, there must be an intuitive way to share our content with our friends and network neighbors in Windows. For an instance, rather than interacting with the Sharing options dialog (or even Network sharing center), there can be a interactive network map with all the neighboring end-nodes (PCs) displayed and selecting the group/non-group nodes should get the access to the selected content right away -- a one-click feature. Also for the friends on Internet having Live id, there must be an option to Announce* or Upload our data to SkyDrive for sharing. This would not only improve the Windows sharing functionality, but also bring some extensibility in Live ecosystem.

    *Announce, option would enlist the shared content to be browsed by the friends on SkyDrive and which can be downloaded via Live Messenger (p2p transfer on the availability of host). As SkyDrive has limited storage capacity per account, this can be an approach to make our home resources participating on SkyDrive...

  • My, my, my, and I own 7 of those 400 million :D

    Cannot wait for the release of Windows 8 as a tablet, absolutely love the metro on my WP7 can't wait for the integration on the tablet :)

  • Eric C.
    5 Posts

    I'm actually quite proud o windows phone 7. Internet explorer 9 is revolutionary! Especially since it uses half the memory and processing power of firefox. I pretty much use it all the time now.

    But it's sweet how indows 7 sold so may copies. This is literally the best windows since windows 2000.

  • its really too bad that its takes computers soo long to catch up to the power of the new OS's microsoft releases.. Right now laptops are being released that finally show its real potential.. hopefully when windows 8 comes out the OEM trust for microsoft will be greater and great machines will come out on its release not 12-18 months later

  • adacosta
    91 Posts

    Really amazing to see Windows 7 continue to do so well in the marketplace. But I shouldn't be so surprised since its an excellent release so much to offer. I hope more Windows XP users will see the light and take advantage of it. I guess 600 million by the end of the year is the next goal. :)