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By Craig Buckler

Windows 7 Sells 90 Million Copies

By Craig Buckler

Windows 7Microsoft have reported that sales of Windows 7 have reached 90 million copies just 6 months after the new OS was launched to the public on October 22 2009.

The sales figures are more than double those of Vista throughout a similar period. Perhaps that’s not surprising: Vista obtained a bad reputation from day one and never recovered. Windows 7 is not a huge technical leap beyond Vista and many have dubbed it little more than a service pack. However, the new OS received positive reviews from the start and people perceive that it’s a vast improvement. That’s marketing for you!

Microsoft admit that sales to business customers are less impressive. Many IT departments tread a more cautious upgrade path and Windows 7 is yet to prove itself in the business environment. Some companies will wait for the first service pack before they make the jump to Windows 7.

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However, although sales are significantly higher, Windows 7 revenue has not grown by the same percentage. Microsoft launched the OS at a 50% discount and prices should have risen on January 1, 2010. That does not appear to have happened yet and bargains are still available…

US Amazon.com:

UK Amazon.co.uk:
UK pricing remains a little odd — why would anyone buy Windows 7 Professional when Ultimate is £1 cheaper?

Are you one of Microsoft’s 90 million Windows 7 customers? Has the OS made a difference to you? Is it enough of a success or is the system doomed?

  • I’m a Win7 user and really like it as an OS but unfortunately I’ve had a lot of problem with BSODs which I’m hoping are now solved having just upgraded all the drivers.

  • Winfow 7

    Really ! i thing window 7 pirate grater then 90 Million in india

  • Best OS to date.

  • w1nk5

    I use it and like it… we’ll see after acouple more months

  • Francis

    I got Windows 7 with a purchase of a new laptop, I must say, it is fun experience. I went from Win 95 to Win 7 and each time, with a new PC purchase. I must say, I have not regretted using any Microsoft OS (except perhaps Vista for it many quirks).

    I have only experienced one BSOD (see post here: http://icewalker2g.wordpress.com/2010/03/10/my-first-blue-screen-of-death-on-windows-7/), but it was more my fault than anything else.

    All in all, Windows 7 is a vast improvement in my opinion, and as softwares begin to take full advantage of its features (such as the Aero Peek), we should see a much more fun OS environment.

  • I wonder what the breakdown of those numbers are? Craig… Any idea of how many of those 90 million were bundled and how many were actual purchases?

    I’ve got a Vista machine that has enough patches that it doesn’t BSOD anymore. It’s been good for almost a year but if I have to use Windows for development, I use XP instead. Inevitably I’ll get the upgrade to 7 for it. I’ve heard from reliable sources that it’s much better than Vista and I’m sure it will be better than my trusty XP too.

  • @awasson
    Microsoft haven’t revealed a breakdown of the numbers, but the 90 million does include OEM editions bundled with new hardware.

    I’m still not convinced Windows 7 is much better than Vista. Vista improved significantly in the past year or two – assuming you had the hardware and drivers to run it. However, Windows 7 is less irritating and a clean install will give your PC a new lease of life.

  • markfiend

    If it includes bundled “sales” then I’ve got one to take off the total. I wiped the HD for a Linux install without ever even booting into Windows.

    Still waiting for my refund from MS. I won’t hold my breath.

  • @markfiend
    That is a good point. It is incredibly difficult to buy a PC without Windows. Even a netbook.

    However, I have heard of refund successes through large companies such as Dell and Amazon. You need to jump through a few administrative hoops and I suspect many people don’t bother.

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