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July 11, 2011

400 Million Windows 7 Licenses Sold

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!