Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

Happy First Birthday, Windows 7 (240,000,000!)

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 67 comments

Windows 7 Sells 240 Million Licenses in 1 Year

It was a year ago that Microsoft released Windows 7, which many users and critics felt was the best version of Windows since XP.

Surely, Microsoft took a lot of feedback from those who weren't pleased with what Vista brought and changed Windows 7 to be a bit more friendly to… well, everyone.

In that year since release, Microsoft has sold more than 240 million licenses worldwide.

Users are increasingly pleased with it too, with people right now four times more likely to recommend Windows 7 than they were a year ago. IT professionals have taken to it too as those recommending Windows 7 surpassed those recommending Windows XP within the first five months of release.

Other bullet points that Microsoft shared in its blog post on Windows 7 are:

  • Has a customer satisfaction rate of 94%
  • Is on more than 1.2 billion Windows PCs worldwide
  • Is on 93 percent of new consumer PCs, as of September
  • Has over 17 percent of the global operating system share
  • Has inspired nearly 90 percent of companies to upgrade or start upgrading to the new OS
  • On average, can save companies US$140 per PC per year, and a 131 percent return on investment in the first year

Happy first birthday, Windows 7!

Display 67 Comments.
This thread is closed for comments
Top Comments
  • 26 Hide
    floorpug , October 22, 2010 9:32 AM
    If win 7 has 1.2 billion copies on pcs worldwide, and a 17% share of all OSs, does that mean that there are 7,050,000,000 computers worldwide? WOW
  • 23 Hide
    L0tus , October 22, 2010 9:15 AM
    Quote:
    131 percent return on investment in the first year


    That's odd. I certainly didn't receive my +$1000 cheque. Was there a coupon?
  • 17 Hide
    Anonymous , October 22, 2010 10:53 AM
    240 million licenses sold, yet it is on 1.2 billion PCs?
    I'm probably missing something, but does that not mean that there are 960 million PCs with pirated versions of Windows 7 out there?
Other Comments
  • 23 Hide
    L0tus , October 22, 2010 9:15 AM
    Quote:
    131 percent return on investment in the first year


    That's odd. I certainly didn't receive my +$1000 cheque. Was there a coupon?
  • 3 Hide
    sudeshc , October 22, 2010 9:24 AM
    Off course it is by far the best windows OS, has almost all good features of XP and Vista.

    That 131 % return i guess is for Business's.
    I do feel however it has also made daily work of software industry employees like me alot more fun than before.
  • 26 Hide
    floorpug , October 22, 2010 9:32 AM
    If win 7 has 1.2 billion copies on pcs worldwide, and a 17% share of all OSs, does that mean that there are 7,050,000,000 computers worldwide? WOW
  • 16 Hide
    x3style , October 22, 2010 9:50 AM
    floorpugIf win 7 has 1.2 billion copies on pcs worldwide, and a 17% share of all OSs, does that mean that there are 7,050,000,000 computers worldwide? WOW

    If we know 4,294,967,296 is the number of unique ip adresses ipv4 has and its down to the last 200.000.000 according to http://www.potaroo.net/tools/ipv4/index.html to end by next year. and since we know there are more computers then adresses due to NAT. Your number would sound plausible.
  • 10 Hide
    unknown_13 , October 22, 2010 9:57 AM
    Happy birthday, Win7 :) 
  • -6 Hide
    Milleman , October 22, 2010 10:09 AM
    "Windows 7 Sells 240 Million Licenses in 1 Year"

    Does that include the PC:s that is shipped with Win7 regardless if you want it or not?
  • -7 Hide
    dan117 , October 22, 2010 10:18 AM
    Quote:
    Windows 7 Sells 240 Million Licenses

    Quote:
    Is on more than 1.2 billion Windows PCs worldwide

    piracy much?

    Anyway, I think it's the best OS yet, even though it's not perfect (not retard friendly like the mac, you need to be smart to use it without breaking it, but it can do a lot more think, better and faster.
    MS should make a "special edition" of Win7 that has a limited list of apps that can be installed, a good better integrated firewall and AV, better app/driver install/unistall to prevent windows rot. It would be hard to break and limited like a mac, but it would still be a PC.
  • 17 Hide
    Anonymous , October 22, 2010 10:53 AM
    240 million licenses sold, yet it is on 1.2 billion PCs?
    I'm probably missing something, but does that not mean that there are 960 million PCs with pirated versions of Windows 7 out there?
  • 4 Hide
    tri force , October 22, 2010 11:05 AM
    newbie_5000240 million licenses sold, yet it is on 1.2 billion PCs?I'm probably missing something, but does that not mean that there are 960 million PCs with pirated versions of Windows 7 out there?


    dan117piracy much?Anyway, I think it's the best OS yet, even though it's not perfect (not retard friendly like the mac, you need to be smart to use it without breaking it, but it can do a lot more think, better and faster.MS should make a "special edition" of Win7 that has a limited list of apps that can be installed, a good better integrated firewall and AV, better app/driver install/unistall to prevent windows rot. It would be hard to break and limited like a mac, but it would still be a PC.


    Ever heard of VLKs?
  • 3 Hide
    shortbus25 , October 22, 2010 11:13 AM
    Hahahahaha Yeah mine is one of them...OOps did I say that out loud! I got mine for $18 bucks through school got six licenses for $18.
  • 2 Hide
    Anonymous , October 22, 2010 11:44 AM
    i'm using this windows 7 now that comes with my netbook (acer AOD255). so far so good.. it feels light n responsive..
  • 10 Hide
    kriminal , October 22, 2010 12:22 PM
    yeah win 7 is actually good...
  • -7 Hide
    custodian-1 , October 22, 2010 12:39 PM
    floorpugIf win 7 has 1.2 billion copies on pcs worldwide, and a 17% share of all OSs, does that mean that there are 7,050,000,000 computers worldwide? WOW

    World population 6,697,254,041 every one in the world has a pc?
  • 9 Hide
    jj463rd , October 22, 2010 12:47 PM
    custodian-1World population 6,697,254,041 every one in the world has a pc?

    I had about 50 or 60 PC's (got rid of most of them -the obsolete ones).
    Still have about 20 though.I am sure there are a lot of people who own many multiple desktops as well.Had to cut down because they were taking too much space.
  • 9 Hide
    LORD_ORION , October 22, 2010 12:50 PM
    custodian-1World population 6,697,254,041 every one in the world has a pc?


    No... but many people have had more then 1 PC in their liftime and use more then 1 on a daily basis.
  • 5 Hide
    jg3220 , October 22, 2010 1:19 PM
    Happy Birthday, Windows 7 :)  serve me well.....
  • 7 Hide
    TheDuke , October 22, 2010 1:23 PM
    floorpugIf win 7 has 1.2 billion copies on pcs worldwide, and a 17% share of all OSs, does that mean that there are 7,050,000,000 computers worldwide? WOW


    makes sense
    i have 5 computers in the house and one laptop
  • 7 Hide
    mavroxur , October 22, 2010 1:41 PM
    custodian-1World population 6,697,254,041 every one in the world has a pc?



    Some people own more than one computer. Some companies own thousands. I personally have 3 desktops, a media center PC, two laptops, and a server at home. It's not that far fetched.
  • 0 Hide
    Marco925 , October 22, 2010 2:20 PM
    custodian-1World population 6,697,254,041 every one in the world has a pc?

    LORD_ORIONNo... but many people have had more then 1 PC in their liftime and use more then 1 on a daily basis.

    I've got 5 i use daily.
Display more comments