Microsoft Has Sold 300 Million Windows 7 Licences

We already know that Windows 7 has seen a much more positive reception than its predecessor, Windows Vista. Last summer Microsoft announced that it had shipped an impressive 175 million Windows 7 licenses. So how are sales now that the OS has been available for more than a year?

As part of its quarterly earnings call yesterday, Microsoft revealed that the company has now sold 300 million Windows 7 licenses.

“To put that in perspective, 300 million is roughly the combined number of households in North American and in Europe!” writes Brandon LeBlanc on the Windows blo. “Or, to put it another way, if you lined up 300 million Windows 7 product boxes, they would stretch nearly 1.5 times around the Earth,” he said.

LeBlanc also reported that over 20 percent of Internet-connected PCs in the world are running Microsoft’s latest iteration of Windows. This is up from the 16 percent he reported in July of last year. However, all is not rosy on the Windows front. Bloomberg reports that Microsoft’s Windows revenue of $5.05 billion missed the $5.2 billion figure that represents an average of of analysts’ estimates.

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  • back_by_demand
    V8VENOM300 million is piss in the ocean compared to what Apple sales numbers across their product lines ... given that Microsoft is dead in the water when it comes to hardware.Tom's just refuses to publish the quarterly revenue of Apple vs. Microsoft ... I know it hurts Tom's to see Apple crushing Microsoft financially.

    Since when does quarterly mean anything? How about annual figures 2010?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Inc.
    Microsoft did $62.4 billion revenue and $18.7 billion profit
    Apple did $65.2 billion revenue and $14 billion profit
    So Microsoft took less revenue but got more profit

    Hardly "piss in the ocean" as you call it, my professional opinion is that you are an idiot
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  • enforcer22
    V8VENOM300 million is piss in the ocean compared to what Apple sales numbers across their product lines ... given that Microsoft is dead in the water when it comes to hardware.Tom's just refuses to publish the quarterly revenue of Apple vs. Microsoft ... I know it hurts Tom's to see Apple crushing Microsoft financially.



    Are you high? your going to compare the sales of just a single thing MS sells their OS to EVERYTHING apple sells. Are you high? lets compare OS to OS sales? yeah i know waste of time because apple has what no market share? go compare another orange to that apple.
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  • endgadget
    V8VENOM300 million is piss in the ocean compared to what Apple sales numbers across their product lines ... given that Microsoft is dead in the water when it comes to hardware.Tom's just refuses to publish the quarterly revenue of Apple vs. Microsoft ... I know it hurts Tom's to see Apple crushing Microsoft financially.


    Hah haa haaa haa (Falls off chair). Please, come back to the forum and comment on all the replies above :)
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  • Ragnar-Kon
    Definitely liking Windows 7 so far. I just hope Windows 8 doesn't come out too soon. One of the things I really liked about Windows XP is that it lasted me a good 6-7 years before I had to even think about dishing out more money for a newer operating system.

    Although if they made the Windows 7 -> 8 upgrade cost around $30... then I say bring on the Windows 8.
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  • dkant1n
    Win 7 forced people to upgrade their computers but with vista they expected to use the same old xp pc. Still 7 is way better
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  • maziar321
    Well, think of it this way. Windows had 80% market share. The best version yet only has 20% market share. I don't think this is an accomplishment.
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