Speaking at the Computex hardware event in Taiwan, Microsoft’s Steven Guggenheimer revealed that the company has sold over 600 million Windows 7 licenses to date. Now of course, Windows 7 is no stranger to well-deserved — and breathtaking — sales milestones. Here’s a list of their total milestones, bearing in mind that Windows 7 hit the shelves in October of 2009:
March 4, 2010 – Over 90 million copies sold.
April 23, 2010 — Over 100 million copies sold, six months after general availability.
June 23, 2010 — Over 150 million copies sold, making it the fastest selling operating system in history with approximately (and ironically) 7 copies being sold every second.
July 22, 2010 — Over 175 million copies sold.
October 21, 2010 — Over 240 million copies sold.
January 27, 2011 — Over 300 million copies sold.
July 12, 2011 — Over 400 million copies sold.
January 19 2012 — Over 525 million copies sold.
Microsoft is rightfully proud of this accomplishment. However, they do have their sights set on the future, with Guggenheimer pointing out that this is a crucial time for Microsoft with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 in the pipeline, among other things.
“This is the biggest launch time in Microsoft’s history,” said Guggenheimer. “In addition to updating Windows client, Windows Server, phone and embedded platforms, there’s a massive wave of software and services coming to market that we think will delight customers, from Windows Azure, to Office 15, Xbox games, Skype and Bing.”
Here’s hoping that Microsoft can pull off similarly astounding sales figures with Windows 8; judging by their infamous OS release patterns — of unleashing a major, yet fairly unrefined OS (Vista) and then a successor that fixes issues and adds finesse (7) — people may be a bit wary of just jumping on the 8 bandwagon, especially considering the rather radical changes. We shall see, of course, but I do wish Windows 8 luck in gaining a piece of the tablet market.
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