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MSFT Selling 7 Copies of Windows 7 Every Second

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 44 comments

Microsoft has announced that Windows 7 has sold 150 million licenses to-date.

Back in January, Microsoft announced that Windows 7 was the fastest selling OS of all time. Today the company added to that with details that Redmond has sold 150 million licenses so far. Seven Windows 7 licenses are being sold every single second.

Microsoft announced that the company had sold 90 million licenses back in March, just a few days after after the expiration of the free use of Windows 7 Release Candidate.

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    killerclick , June 25, 2010 1:37 AM
    But this can't be! OS X is the best most user friendly most secure operating system ever! It must be outselling Windows.
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    randomizer , June 25, 2010 1:51 AM
    I wonder what constitutes as a sale. OEMs buy in bulk.
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    Arethel , June 25, 2010 3:20 AM
    mediv42my GOD thats incredible!I thought no WAY are they selling more than 6 copies per second! I mean, clearly 5 per second is the gold standard for new operating systems - but SEVEN??? INCONCEIVABLE!


    They don't call it Windows "Seven" for nothing...

    Okay, I'll shut up now.
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    manitoublack , June 25, 2010 1:06 AM
    Dam, lucky I got my free house party edition last year!
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    icepick314 , June 25, 2010 1:16 AM
    but how many are from new PC purchase OEM?
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    steddy , June 25, 2010 1:18 AM
    Let's see... If they sell 7 copies per second for 7 years (considering what happened to xp, who knows?), they will sell...um...*pulls out calculator* 1.5 billion copies (1546322400 to be exact).
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    walt526 , June 25, 2010 1:30 AM
    Windows 7 was a homerun for MSFT after a spectacular failure of Vista. MSFT certainly seems to alternative between flops and hits with the releases of Windows, I suspect in large part because people aren't interested in upgrading their OS every 2.5 years (Windows 8 is planned for release sometime in 2012). Unless there is some compelling reason to upgrade that is readily apparent to corporate IT managers, Windows 8 is probably not going to be as well received--even if it's well engineered.

    The key issue for the longevity of Windows 7 is whether or not they extend support beyond January 2015. MSFT maintained XP support (and even sales) for as long as it did only because of intense pressure from its corporate customers.
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    killerclick , June 25, 2010 1:37 AM
    But this can't be! OS X is the best most user friendly most secure operating system ever! It must be outselling Windows.
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    randomizer , June 25, 2010 1:51 AM
    I wonder what constitutes as a sale. OEMs buy in bulk.
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    dwave , June 25, 2010 2:33 AM
    Last Resort, that was sarcasm I believe.
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    Anonymous , June 25, 2010 2:53 AM
    7 computer users every second that want to have the most they can get from their purchase.

    The majority of software in existence is made for Windows systems not OSX. I would not shoot myself in the foot and reduce the capability of my machine and pay the premium that Apple expects for their products. I only wish more companies could produce laptops as aesthetically pleasing as the Mac Books

    At several hacker competitions now OSX has been shown to be less secure than Win. The only reason there are more viruses etc for Win is that cyber criminals and weekend CompSci students with a grudge are actively targeting Win machines.
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    mediv42 , June 25, 2010 2:57 AM
    my GOD thats incredible!

    I thought no WAY are they selling more than 6 copies per second! I mean, clearly 5 per second is the gold standard for new operating systems - but SEVEN??? INCONCEIVABLE!
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    Arethel , June 25, 2010 3:18 AM
    Actually I would think that any of the promotional licensing that was given out (house party, conventions, etc.) would be counted in their total as these items were were budgeted. Technically there was a cost associated, a payment made (most likely from one account to another), and an official license issued.

    The same should especially remain true regarding licenses distributed to partners, OEM's, volume licensing and bulk sales. A "sold" license is what it is, a sold license.
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    FloKid , June 25, 2010 3:19 AM
    Big numbers Bill. I bet the programmers are starving lol.
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    Arethel , June 25, 2010 3:20 AM
    mediv42my GOD thats incredible!I thought no WAY are they selling more than 6 copies per second! I mean, clearly 5 per second is the gold standard for new operating systems - but SEVEN??? INCONCEIVABLE!


    They don't call it Windows "Seven" for nothing...

    Okay, I'll shut up now.
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    pocketdrummer , June 25, 2010 3:44 AM
    randomizerI wonder what constitutes as a sale. OEMs buy in bulk.


    Who cares? Do you judge OS X sales by the box, or rather, by the upgrade? A purchased copy is a purchased copy, no matter how it was obtained.
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    pocketdrummer , June 25, 2010 3:45 AM
    ArethelThey don't call it Windows "Seven" for nothing... Okay, I'll shut up now.


    It would be more amazing if it were 7 copies of windows 7 every 7 seconds. Yes, I know it would be less, but at least it would be more fun to say.
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    darasen , June 25, 2010 3:53 AM
    killerclickBut this can't be! OS X is the best most user friendly most secure operating system ever! It must be outselling Windows.

    And for years AOL was the number one ISP In the U.S. I am sure that means it was the highest quality product. Sales do not equate to being the best.
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    Kelavarus , June 25, 2010 4:07 AM
    pocketdrummerIt would be more amazing if it were 7 copies of windows 7 every 7 seconds. Yes, I know it would be less, but at least it would be more fun to say.


    ... Wouldn't they say one a second?

    I'd agree with Walt526 on his ideas. Especially with the price of upgrading, I know I personally don't want to dump that much into just an operating system every 2.5ish years. I already throw enough what with hardware upgrades.
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    Tamz_msc , June 25, 2010 5:11 AM
    I live in India and of late there's an ad coming on TV about Windows 7, saying how to save in 7 seconds with a new copy of windows.Now I understand the significance.
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