Microsoft 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.
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…
- Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade — $110
- Windows 7 Home Premium (full version) — $179
- Windows 7 Professional Upgrade — $171
- Windows 7 Professional (full version) — $268 (up $12 since January)
- Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade — $197
- Windows 7 Ultimate (full version) — $292
UK pricing remains a little odd — why would anyone buy Windows 7 Professional when Ultimate is £1 cheaper?
- Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade — £65
- Windows 7 Home Premium (full version) — £90
- Windows 7 Professional Upgrade — £150 (up £17)
- Windows 7 Professional (full version) — £160
- Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade — £153
- Windows 7 Ultimate (full version) — £159 (down £11)
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?
Craig is a freelance UK web consultant who built his first page for IE2.0 in 1995. Since that time he's been advocating standards, accessibility, and best-practice HTML5 techniques. He's created enterprise specifications, websites and online applications for companies and organisations including the UK Parliament, the European Parliament, the Department of Energy & Climate Change, Microsoft, and more. He's written more than 1,000 articles for SitePoint and you can find him @craigbuckler.