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Microsoft Posts Records on Over 60M Win 7 Sold

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Microsoft this week announced its second-quarter results, which must have the company fairly happy as it hit record revenue at $19.02 billion for the second quarter ended Dec. 31, 2009, a 14 percent increase from the same period of the prior year.

Operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $8.51 billion, $6.66 billion and $0.74 per share, which represented increases of 43 percent, 60 percent and 57 percent, respectively, when compared with the prior year period.

"Exceptional demand for Windows 7 led to the positive top-line growth for the company," said Peter Klein, chief financial officer at Microsoft. "Our continuing commitment to managing costs allowed us to drive earnings performance ahead of the revenue growth."

Through the second quarter, Microsoft said it sold over 60 million Windows 7 licenses, giving it the claim of being the fastest selling operating system in history.

"This is a record quarter for Windows units," said Kevin Turner, chief operating officer at Microsoft. "We are thrilled by the consumer reception to Windows 7 and by business enthusiasm to adopt Windows 7."

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    ubernoobie , January 29, 2010 10:25 PM
    go micrsoft go
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    jrharbort , January 29, 2010 10:44 PM
    Windows 7? That's old.

    I use Windows 2000! [/joke]

    Anyway, the sales numbers are pretty impressive, and I would say it deserves it.
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    skit75 , January 29, 2010 10:34 PM
    I wonder if they count the licenses that are given to MSDN subscribers in that number. I know we never use all the licenses we get... though, I suppose we are still charged for them either way even if it isn't retail value.
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    ubernoobie , January 29, 2010 10:25 PM
    go micrsoft go
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    haunted one , January 29, 2010 10:27 PM
    Sweet! Looks like the public's responding. XD
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    skit75 , January 29, 2010 10:34 PM
    I wonder if they count the licenses that are given to MSDN subscribers in that number. I know we never use all the licenses we get... though, I suppose we are still charged for them either way even if it isn't retail value.
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    jrharbort , January 29, 2010 10:44 PM
    Windows 7? That's old.

    I use Windows 2000! [/joke]

    Anyway, the sales numbers are pretty impressive, and I would say it deserves it.
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    logitic , January 29, 2010 10:51 PM
    Only if I could have my Outlook express back!
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    arlandi , January 29, 2010 10:52 PM
    only one word: "wow"!
    i have to say, Windows 7 is a great comeback for MS. and 7, compared to other Microsoft's Operating Systems, is The Best yet.
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    enzo matrix , January 29, 2010 10:55 PM
    skit75I wonder if they count the licenses that are given to MSDN subscribers in that number. I know we never use all the licenses we get... though, I suppose we are still charged for them either way even if it isn't retail value.

    Yeah. I wonder if they also include the sales of each OEM computer sold?
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    twu , January 29, 2010 10:55 PM
    I got 20 of them < 60M copies. Will get more later..:) 
    Awesome, we use Windows 7 to manage the Linux servers.
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    JonathanDeane , January 29, 2010 11:03 PM
    No surprise on my part (I was using the beta and loved it) I think it will only pick up more steam next year.

    http://xkcd.com/694/
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    agnickolov , January 29, 2010 11:13 PM
    Quote:
    I wonder if they count the licenses that are given to MSDN subscribers in that number. I know we never use all the licenses we get... though, I suppose we are still charged for them either way even if it isn't retail value.


    The OS licenses you get via MSDN subscriptions are not retail - they are for testing purposes only. (E.g. you are not allowed to install them on your main work machine for example, except in virtual machines within a retail host OS.) Therefore they don't count in Microsoft's sales numbers. And note you are not charged for MSDN OS testing licenses as retail - you are charged for being enabled to test your software on wide selection of OSes without the need to pay retail prices for them.
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    cruiseoveride , January 29, 2010 11:35 PM
    How many people actually bought it because they wanted it an not because it was the default OS on their new pc.
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    AsAnAtheist , January 30, 2010 12:10 AM
    OEM sales do count (HP/Acer/Asus/Toshiba/Dell/Sony/etc). MSDN do not as mentioned earlier.

    60 Million sales in around 3 months is NOTHING to laugh at. Holy shit that is epic. See Microsoft does something no one else can do.
    $19 billion dollars revenue in 2 quarters, from what? Selling software licenses. I would actually be frightened if Microsoft started selling hardware as large as an operation as the top computer manufacturers (HP-Acer-Dell in that order). Of course you could hear the anti-trust lawsuit threats that would come around if you heard that happen.
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    vaughn2k , January 30, 2010 1:04 AM

    And here comes the Service Packs!! Chooooo!!!! Choooo!!!

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    warezme , January 30, 2010 2:26 AM
    silly Thor, you assume everyone actually pays for their stuff???
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    TheDuke , January 30, 2010 3:40 AM
    well made products deserve to be purchased.
    no imagine if it was a $100 dollars cheaper
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    Anonymous , January 30, 2010 3:47 AM
    Thor 01/30/2010 4:37 AM

    This is not surprising that Microsoft makes so much money.
    It robs people selling products to 100 times (or more) their real value.
    Since she has the absolute monopoly, not tomorrow it's going to change.

    And some Microsoft employees must be billions of dollars in tax havens.

    We are truly living in hell.
    While the rich get richer, the poor are more numerous.

    Human stupidity really is infinite ...



    Are you a intentionally moronic or just a moron?
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    azz156 , January 30, 2010 4:45 AM
    you guys should work in retail (i work in the tech bay), i did a win7 training thing before it came out last year & today just got my free copy of 7 ultimate 64bit ^.^
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