Windows 7 RTM Tops 240 Sold Licenses in Year One

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 October 2010 10:22 Written by Mire_B Thursday, 21 October 2010 10:22

What do you think, will Windows 7 get to 300 million licenses by the end of 2010? Over 240 million copies have already been sold, Microsoft reveals as it celebrates the one-year anniversary of Windows 7.

From the Windows team blog:

Today’s an exciting day! We are announcing that more than 240 million licenses of Windows 7 have been sold. Windows 7 is the fastest selling operating system in history. As of September, Windows 7 was running on 93% of new consumer PCs and has over 17% global OS market share (according to Net Applications as of October 1st). There is an amazing array of great PCs out on the market today. Six months after launch, 100% (over 18,000) of our OEM partners were selling Windows 7 PCs versus 70% for Windows Vista PCs at a comparable time period. And there is an incredible ecosystem of products – software and hardware – that work great with Windows 7 too. You can check out and discover many of those products at Windows Product Scout which was announced yesterday.

Over the last year, we saw that customer satisfaction for Microsoft had outpaced Apple in February and in May the American Customer Satisfaction Index report showed a jump in customer satisfaction for Microsoft in 2010 over the previous year. Both of these attribute Windows 7 as the key factor for improved customer satisfaction for Microsoft. Customers are very happy with Windows 7.

Businesses are getting on the Windows 7 train. Microsoft News Center has a fantastic article giving an overview of Windows 7 for business and includes perspectives from analysts and Microsoft executives highlighting several Windows 7 customers. I also recommend keeping an eye on the Windows for your Business Blog as we’ll also be continuing to highlight customers there too!

And of course we’re committed to delivering more value within Windows 7 for customers going forward. We’ve just released Windows Live Essentials 2011 and the beta of Internet Explorer 9. We want people using Windows 7 to have the best PC+ cloud experience. The beta of Internet Explorer 9 has been downloaded 6 million times as of Oct. 1st.

To celebrate Windows 7 at one year, we wanted to share our 7 lists of favorite Windows 7 highlights. We’re going to want you to share your list of 7 favorite things about Windows 7 but I’ll get to that in a minute.

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46% of Windows 7 PCs Are Running a 64-Bit Edition of the OS

Last Updated on Saturday, 10 July 2010 01:28 Written by Mire_B Saturday, 10 July 2010 01:28

I don’t know about you, but after Vista came out I started running only 64-bit versions of Windows on all my systems. Three of my “main” PCs now sport 64-bit Windows 7. I also have a few computers I use for testing purposes, all of which with 32-bit CPUs, but those are essentially stuck in time, with XP and Vista installed on them.

It wasn’t really that much of a surprise when Microsoft said that almost half of all Windows 7 PCs are running a 64-bit editionof the OS. From the Windows team blog:

Are you running a 64-bit edition of Windows 7? There is a high likelihood you are. As of June 2010, we see that 46% of all PCs worldwide running Windows 7 are running a 64-bit edition of Windows 7. That is, nearly half of all PCs running Windows 7 are running 64-bit. Compared to Windows Vista at 3 and a half years after launch, only 11% of PCs running Windows Vista worldwide are running 64-bit. With Windows 7, running a 64-bit OS is becoming the norm.


A primary benefit of 64-bit Windows is the increase in addressable memory. This makes more “bits” available to Windows (the OS), which means more information can be “addressed” at once. 32-bit architectures have a memory ceiling of 4GB while the 64-bit architecture increases the memory ceiling to approximately 17.2 billion GB or RAM! Windows 7 is designed to use up to 192 GB of RAM (see SKU and OS comparisons here), a huge jump compared to limits with all 32-bit systems.

Essentially, 64-bit Windows allows your PC to take advantage of more memory to do more things. If you are like me and are running tons of apps, you can see a real difference in performance. Aside from the performance gains, there are also security enhancements and support for virtualization as well.

The reason for the jump in transition to 64-bit PCs can be attributed to a few things. The first is the price of memory has dropped over the last several years making it easier for OEMs to up the amount of memory in the PCs they ship. And most major processors in PCs today are capable of running a 64-bit OS. There are also more and more compatible devices and applications for PCs running 64-bit Windows 7– but I’ll talk more about this in a minute.

OEMs today have fully embraced 64-bit. We have seen many OEMs convert entire consumer lines of PCs to 64-bit only – which can be seen quite a bit today in North America. According to Stephen Baker at NPD, 77% of PCs sold at retail in April 2010 in the U.S. had a 64-bit edition of Windows 7 pre-installed.

And businesses are adopting Windows 7 64-bit as well. According to Gartner, by 2014 75% of all business PCs will be running a 64-bit edition of Windows.

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Steve Ballmer Talks Windows 7

Last Updated on Thursday, 7 January 2010 09:43 Written by Mire_B Thursday, 7 January 2010 09:43

Some rather interesting tidbits:

But, of course, the biggest hit of the year for us and for our industry partners was the launch of Windows 7. Windows 7 is absolutely one of my favorite topics, no surprise probably in that. So, I’m glad to be able to spend some time talking about it. We have three big goals with Windows 7. First, we wanted to deliver PC experiences that work the way people want them to work. People want a computer that fires up quickly, feels responsive, and offers longer battery life. Simply put, we all want an experience that is faster, leaner, and less busy. Second, we wanted Windows 7 to make it a lot simpler to accomplish common tasks. People need to be able to navigate quickly, organize their information easily, and access applications instantly.

And third, we wanted to enable a world of new possibilities for software developers, hardware manufacturers, and end users. Our customers and partners want to be able to do new and exciting things, and push the boundaries and capabilities of today’s technology. For each one of these goals I think we delivered in a big way. We get it by working with our customers, with you. Through an incredible process actually of collaboration between our engineering team, our customers and our partners. Windows 7 was an unprecedented effort that included 3,000 world-class Microsoft engineers, 50,000 partners, and 8 million beta-test customers, from soccer moms to small businesses, from grandparents to gamers, from Australia to Zimbabwe, people from every walk of life and every corner of the globe helped us make Windows 7 and make it an incredible success. The results are now speaking for themselves.

According to NPD, U.S. retail data shows that Windows PC sales jumped almost 50 percent the week it launched. On Black Friday it’s reported that retailers sold 33 percent more Windows PCs than the year before. And for the 2009 holiday season a 50 percent increase in Windows PC sales from last year. Last year was a tough year, but these are still phenomenal numbers.

Today I think I certainly am very proud to be able to say that Windows 7 is by far the fastest selling operating system in history. But for me, the most important measure of success is what our customers think, and customer reaction with their experience has been very, very good. A recent survey found a 94 percent satisfaction rate among early adopters of Windows 7. All of this is driving great results for our industry.

After predicting a 2 percent drop in PC shipments in 2009, Gartner now expects the final number to be up 3 percent. That will mean nearly 300 million PCs shipped in 2009, which is an incredible number of smart devices. There’s no more popular smart device today in the world than the PC. And for 2010, Gartner is looking at a jump of more than 12 percent. That’s incredible momentum.

Clearly, consumers are saying that there’s never been a better time to be a Windows 7 PC. With more than 1,400 Windows 7 PC models available, it’s easy to understand why the numbers are so strong. If you look at all of the amazing hardware our partners are bringing to market from All-in-One PCs to ultrathins, netbooks, notebooks, screaming gaming rigs, the range of PCs with Windows 7 is virtually limitless. There is truly a Windows 7 PC for everyone.

The Windows platform represents the broadest ecosystem of developers in the world from casual games to the most powerful software running the world’s biggest organizations. There are over four million Windows applications in all, and Windows 7 allows software to become even better. Developers are creating rich applications that take advantage of the new technologies in 7. Our partners have delivered over 800,000 new unique Windows 7 applications exploiting these new technologies with over 240,000 new devices, peripherals, and machines just since we delivered the beta release.

This all includes an unprecedented array of products that take advantage of new capabilities, platform capabilities like voice, touch, GPS sensing, graphics, social communication, streaming media, and much more, which are available for industry innovation in Windows 7. The quality, the value, and the choice in Windows PCs simply can’t be matched on any other platform. And looking back on the past year, it’s clear that Windows 7 really is a rising tide that has helped lift many boats in our business. But rather than just sit here and talk, talk, talk about what we’re delivering, we’d like to show you what is now available or coming soon.

And to help me do that, I would like to invite onstage Ryan Asdourian from our Windows team. I’m going to show you some Windows 7 PCs, and some other things that are becoming available.

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