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Happy First Birthday, Windows 7 (240,000,000!)

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Windows 7 Sells 240 Million Licenses in 1 Year

It was a year ago that Microsoft released Windows 7, which many users and critics felt was the best version of Windows since XP.

Surely, Microsoft took a lot of feedback from those who weren't pleased with what Vista brought and changed Windows 7 to be a bit more friendly to… well, everyone.

In that year since release, Microsoft has sold more than 240 million licenses worldwide.

Users are increasingly pleased with it too, with people right now four times more likely to recommend Windows 7 than they were a year ago. IT professionals have taken to it too as those recommending Windows 7 surpassed those recommending Windows XP within the first five months of release.

Other bullet points that Microsoft shared in its blog post on Windows 7 are:

  • Has a customer satisfaction rate of 94%
  • Is on more than 1.2 billion Windows PCs worldwide
  • Is on 93 percent of new consumer PCs, as of September
  • Has over 17 percent of the global operating system share
  • Has inspired nearly 90 percent of companies to upgrade or start upgrading to the new OS
  • On average, can save companies US$140 per PC per year, and a 131 percent return on investment in the first year

Happy first birthday, Windows 7!

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    aje21 , 22 October 2010 19:56
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    In that year since release, Microsoft has sold more than 240 million licenses worldwide.

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    Is on more than 1.2 billion Windows PCs worldwide

    So only around 1 billion PCs without a licence then - well done M$
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    Herr_Koos , 22 October 2010 20:26
    aje21So only around 1 billion PCs without a licence then - well done M$

    Doesn't quite add up, does it?
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    AuonH , 22 October 2010 20:51
    aje21So only around 1 billion PCs without a licence then - well done M$


    Had you considered that multi-use licenses are 1 license to many machines...
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    aje21 , 22 October 2010 22:25
    AuonHHad you considered that multi-use licenses are 1 license to many machines...

    Indeed, perhaps the various other licensing methods (such as Software Assurance) are more popular than I realised. Even so, the numbers are interesting if only one in five Win7 machines required a Win7 licence.
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    tulx , 23 October 2010 00:17
    Great to see great software doing great.
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    mactronix , 23 October 2010 04:54
    A corporate license is a single license and can cover many many PC's
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    Shuge1 , 23 October 2010 06:51
    Havent had a single crash (except when overclocking)...4 once i can say they did a prity good job on this OS.. Congrats n happy aniversary