Windows 8 Will Play Very Nicely With Windows 7

Kicking off Microsoft's annual Worldwide Partner Conference, CEO Steve Ballmer today thanked partners for helping make Windows 7 the fastest-selling operating system in history, now with more than 400 million Windows 7 licenses sold in less than two years.

Echoing that point, Tami Reller, corporate vice president and chief financial officer of Windows and Windows Live, emphasized that Windows 7 is the path to Windows 8. Noting that there are still more than 200 million PCs running Windows XP, which was launched in 2001, Reller told partners they have a real opportunity to deliver more value to customers in the short term and "set them up for the future."

In providing an overview of the road ahead with Windows, Reller told partners that despite the record growth and success of Windows 7, there is tremendous Windows 7 deployment opportunity now and well into the future. "We see a future with a heterogeneous enterprise environment of Windows 8 devices and apps alongside Windows 7 PCs and apps," she said.

"At the heart of our ability to deliver Windows 8 is the flexibility Windows has consistently shown; its ability to adapt over time is what ensures Windows will continue to be highly relevant in the future," Reller added.

Given that current expectations are for Windows 8 to arrive sometime in 2012, it's in everyone's best interest that Microsoft is making Windows 8 as compatible as possible with any business migrations to Windows 7.

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  • macewrox
    The term app being used with PCs makes me shiver.
  • drwho1
    for my needs I have no plans to upgrade from windows 7, is as simple as that, plus I like to keep my stuff on my hard drives... thank you very much.

    clouds are nice, even enjoy a rainy day, but I will never trust my data to a cloud.
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  • openi3
    Sold? Hmmm Windows license... you can't own it, it doesn't go off but it expires. You don't upgrade because you need to XP > vista = duff upgrade
    XP > Win 7 = purchase new license.
    Because you can't buy old hardware at the store, you won't be able to use XP.
    Floppy > CD = Dos > Windows
    Windows > XP = cd > DVD, Blu Ray
    XP > W7 = HD resolution 3d graphics (DX10, DX11)
    Windows 8 doesn't offer a compelling enough reason for me to upgrade my XP licenses as yet... Still looking at Windows 7...
  • Graham_71
    I think M$ are loosing sales of Windows 7 buy setting it's termination date before Windows 8 is released.
    With so many XP users still out there and considering Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium & Ultimate support will be terminated on January 13, 2015 only 9 months after support for XP is terminated April 8, 2014, it's best to wait for windows 8 unless your getting Professional or Enterprise edition which has support until January 14, 2020
  • macewrox
    The term app being used with PCs makes me shiver.