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MSFT: Windows 7 is Fastest Selling OS of All Time

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 98 comments

This probably means that it sold faster than Windows Vista.

Microsoft's very proud of its latest operating system Windows 7, as it seems that the general public likes this one far more than its predecessor. In fact, the company boasts that this Windows platform is flying off the shelves faster than any other operating system.

Fast Company quotes Craig Beilinson, the Director of Marketing for Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices Division, as saying, "Windows 7 is by far the fastest selling Operating System in history."

This isn't the first time that Microsoft has boasted about the sales of Windows 7. Shortly after release, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer characterized Windows 7 sales as "fantastic."

"Since launch, we've already sold twice as many units of Windows 7 than any other operating system we've ever launched in a comparable time," Ballmer said in an earlier report.

Sadly, Microsoft still isn't sharing hard sales numbers with any of us yet, but given the growing proliferation of computer users today, (which means that there are more computer users than ever), it's not hard to believe that the latest Windows is selling faster, to more users, than previous releases.

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    pcxt21 , January 8, 2010 8:53 PM
    As someone who's been booting Windows 7 since Beta. I can defiantly believe that it's selling that well.
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    naterandrews , January 8, 2010 8:53 PM
    Although I don't like Microsoft I have to give them kudos on "7".
    It is fast, stable, and rock-solid. Running 7 Ultimate right now and it is a good OS, and far more intuitive than any other version of Windows before it.

    With Microsoft lowering the upgrade and full version prices of "7" compared to Vistas' previous pricing schemes, tossing in discounts for students and families with "home bundles", and giving a wider-birth of usage for RC users, its likely that we will see Windows 7 overshadow XP in terms of popularity.
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    gorehound , January 8, 2010 8:44 PM
    meh...i am still on XP and loving it.eventually i will upgrade.probably summer 2010.
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    naterandrews , January 8, 2010 8:53 PM
    Although I don't like Microsoft I have to give them kudos on "7".
    It is fast, stable, and rock-solid. Running 7 Ultimate right now and it is a good OS, and far more intuitive than any other version of Windows before it.

    With Microsoft lowering the upgrade and full version prices of "7" compared to Vistas' previous pricing schemes, tossing in discounts for students and families with "home bundles", and giving a wider-birth of usage for RC users, its likely that we will see Windows 7 overshadow XP in terms of popularity.
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    pcxt21 , January 8, 2010 8:53 PM
    As someone who's been booting Windows 7 since Beta. I can defiantly believe that it's selling that well.
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    phantomtrooper , January 8, 2010 9:01 PM
    windows 7 is a great os.
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    dogofwars , January 8, 2010 9:10 PM
    Too pricey for me, retail is not cheap and if you want to have virtual pc you have to spend almost 100$ more. Very disappointing for that but the OS itself is great.
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    hunter315 , January 8, 2010 9:18 PM
    looking at the browser stats i would definitely believe it, w3 schools already has it at 9% and vista only ever hit 18.6 so it seems they may finally have found what they needed to produce to kill off vista and XP in one fell swoop.
    http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_os.asp
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    Anonymous , January 8, 2010 9:21 PM
    It's probably flying off shelves because all those suckers that got stuck with Vista are desperate for a new OS.
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    dogofwars , January 8, 2010 9:25 PM
    bgrngodIt's probably flying off shelves because all those suckers that got stuck with Vista are desperate for a new OS.


    Most agree with you on that one
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    JOSHSKORN , January 8, 2010 9:35 PM
    Windows 7 FTW! Really though, the ONLY reason you NEED to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 is if XP cannot support your software. This will happen, considering it came out in '02. If you're running Vista now, upgrading to Windows 7 should be a no brainer. I couldn't tell you how many times I dealt with crashes in Vista and had to be much more cautious about memory usage because Vista was just plain bloated. Of course though, if you just like to see newer things, Windows 7 looks SLIGHTLY better looking than Windows Vista on the outside. There's a MUCH more visable change between Windows XP and Windows Vista (or even Windows 7). The XPM feature is pretty sweet, too, although I don't have much use for it. I'm on Windows 7 Ultimate OEM 64-bit.
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    dogofwars , January 8, 2010 9:38 PM
    For the OEM one, if I choose to install it on another computer am I screwed??
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    razor512 , January 8, 2010 9:45 PM
    most of their sales are from new computers that come with windows. the prices for good performing has come down and thus many people are buying new computers, and since they come with windows 7, windows 7 sees tons of sales
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    footsoldier , January 8, 2010 9:52 PM
    naterandrewsAlthough I don't like Microsoft I have to give them kudos on "7".It is fast, stable, and rock-solid. Running 7 Ultimate right now and it is a good OS, and far more intuitive than any other version of Windows before it. With Microsoft lowering the upgrade and full version prices of "7" compared to Vistas' previous pricing schemes, tossing in discounts for students and families with "home bundles", and giving a wider-birth of usage for RC users, its likely that we will see Windows 7 overshadow XP in terms of popularity.


    Agreed. I don't like Microsoft as well. But I don't like apple as well. So what can i do? Only windows can run everything compared to mac and win 7 is the best by far, so im gonna vote for this one.
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    bgd73 , January 8, 2010 10:09 PM
    I find when they say things like this. I best stay in the os I am in....
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    razorblaze42 , January 8, 2010 10:34 PM
    My #1 annoyance with windows 7 is the stupid auto arranges files/folders/pictures. The ability to drag a file/folder/picture to a new location in windows XP has been replaced an mandatory auto arrange. While there’s maybe a hundred choices to set how you’d like them arranged...by month, day, rating, tag, name, time, size… there’s NOT a toggle to turn auto arrange OFF.. And simply let me drag my files file/folder/picture to whatever location my little heart desires.
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    razorblaze42 , January 8, 2010 10:39 PM
    Oh, and the windows photo viewer in windows 7 looks like crap.
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    cjl , January 8, 2010 11:06 PM
    naterandrewsAlthough I don't like Microsoft I have to give them kudos on "7".It is fast, stable, and rock-solid. Running 7 Ultimate right now and it is a good OS, and far more intuitive than any other version of Windows before it.

    The interface itself hasn't changed much from Vista, so I'm having a hard time seeing how it's much more intuitive than Vista. I love 7 (and I'm running it right now), but far too many people bash Vista without having a clue how well it can run if set up properly on a decent computer.
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    frozenlead , January 8, 2010 11:11 PM
    bgrngodIt's probably flying off shelves because all those suckers that got stuck with Vista are desperate for a new OS.

    Vista was and still is an excellent OS. It wasn't that way in the beginning, but those times are long since gone.
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    belardo , January 8, 2010 11:21 PM
    Er... no... Vista still runs like crap. Win7 out of the box is easily better. Running vista with anything less than 2GB is a problem - even cheap $300 PCs have 2~3GB of RAM.

    Running Win7 on a 1GB PC is a much better experience than vista.

    I've gone back to XP (From Win7rc) since MS has canceled their Family Pack. I don't have $300 to blow... and spending $100~110 per PC is not worth it. At best, I may go to Win7 on my next upgrade after USB 3.0 & SATA3 is native in chipsets .

    That said... the clean install of XP on my intel Quad is fine, but not as good as Win7 in many areas. But some of my software doesn't like Win7 either. Oh well.
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    cadder , January 8, 2010 11:49 PM
    Win7 is running great for me. I've bought 4 copies since the pre-order began. I still have 3 computers with XP and 2 with Vista. (2 of these are at my office, the other 7 are between myself, my wife and my daughter)
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    Platypus , January 8, 2010 11:52 PM
    Good operating system. Still using the Win 7 RC. Unsure about shelling out the dough for the retail version. I'm sure I'll break down sooner or later... probably right around that day in March when I'm forced to do so.
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