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Microsoft Boasts 90,000,000 Windows 7 Sold

Even when Windows 7 launched into a warm reception (and brisk sales), Microsoft didn't reveal exact sale numbers for its new OS – until today.

Microsoft CFO Peter Klein announced at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference that Windows 7 has sold 90 million licenses to-date.

Up until recently, Microsoft's company line when boasting about Windows 7 sales is that is the fastest selling operating system in history, but without any accompanying number.

This news comes just days after the expiration of the free use of Windows 7 Release Candidate.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • eklipz330
    WOW that is an impressive number, i had to do a double-take
  • Parsian
    M$ win, Apple Fail
  • Haha, very good Microsoft. I love you!! A very big fan here.
  • XD_dued
    Good job MS, its a nice solid OS.
  • festerovic
    ParsianM$ win, Apple Fail
    apple still wins, because noobs and snoots will still buy them. And schools who like to spy on kids.
  • randomizer
    iKurafHaha, very good Microsoft. I love you!! A very big fan here.No offence, but being a big "fan" of a corporation is kind of... sad.

    90M is quite impressive. I wonder if this includes technet subscriptions (I assume so).
  • sabot00
    4.5 Billion if MS makes $50 for every copy.
  • Parsian
    does anybody know how many copies of XPs sold up to this date?
  • bison88
    It's really too difficult to find out how many individual copies of an Operating System Microsoft sells because they don't release they information, or at least not as regularly. Most of their figures include copies that came preloaded on PC's which over 300 Million Windows based devices ship each year so you have to assume given the statistics of PC's and split up the stats with each operating system.

    For example if 1 Billion PC's are out there and Microsoft dominates 90% of the market share then 900 million out of ever 1 billion are running their OS and then split that 900 million but he percentage of each OS Microsoft claims it has penetrated. It's completely complicated and inaccurate but MS doesn't keep tabs on this especially if you count entire networks it just gets lost in translation. Last I checked Windows 7 broke the 7% over a month ago so I am sure they are close to 10%+ of all PC users by now probably closer to 15%. I would assume 40-50% by the end of this year.
  • christop
    well no wonder since most of the world uses windows...