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Windows 7: Over 175 Million Licenses Served

Along with the reveal of big revenues, Microsoft also announced that Windows 7 is selling quite well. Yes, the great sales of Windows 7 helps drive the revenue, so it should be no surprise that Microsoft have moved 175 million copies of the OS.

"This continues our record breaking pace of more than 7 copies sold per second. And as of today – Windows 7 is now running on more than 16% of all PCs worldwide," Brandon LeBlanc, Microsoft community manager, blogged. "It's exciting to see this kind of response from customers who have helped make Windows 7 the fastest selling operating system in history."

Thanks to the bundling of Internet Explorer 8 with Windows 7, Microsoft boasts that IE8 is the fastest growing and most popular web browser in the market.

Read more about Microsoft's earnings here.

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.
  • cashews
    Now that Apple is considered evil, I guess that makes Microsoft the good guys.
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  • rohitbaran
    Ummm little less bad guys will be more proper.
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  • the associate
    They released a functioning OS, of course it's going to sell well considering so many still had XP.
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  • vaskodogama
    Windows7 deserves this, it's a great OS anyway! but IE8? nooo!
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  • wotan31
    175 million suckers in the world. Every microsoft OS is touted as "the best one evar!!!111" and then it turns out to be just another software turd. A virtual steaming pile of poo. Sorry microsoft, but you lost me at Vista. I'm a Ubuntu Linux user now. I'm not putting up with your crapware any more.
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  • @wotan31: i had thought the same, i was almost unwilling to even try the beta of windows 7 but i was so suprised when it turned out to be good that i have been using it full time since the first functional beta. I will admit that it is by no means perfect but it is definately a big step in the right direction.
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  • back_by_demand
    wotan31175 million suckers in the world. Every microsoft OS is touted as "the best one evar!!!111" and then it turns out to be just another software turd. A virtual steaming pile of poo. Sorry microsoft, but you lost me at Vista. I'm a Ubuntu Linux user now. I'm not putting up with your crapware any more.Well, to be expected I suppose from the biggest troll on the forums.
    Seeing as they lost you at Vista, that means you have no idea what you are talking about. Anecdotal evidence garnered from other trolls doesn't count.
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  • jesman1985
    well ya its gonna sell.. the people had to wait.. what was it..10 years for a new OS.. im not sure on the time but however many years it was it was WAY too long.. and vista doesnt count.. windows 7 is what they were trying to do with vista but failed miserably.. it'd be nice to not have to wait 10 years + for a new operating system to come out.
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  • randomizer
    I only wish you could remove IE8. Yes I know someone will point me to the "Turn Windows features on/off" dialog, but that does nothing but remove the executable. All IE8 libraries remain because they're dependencies for too much of the rest of the system. To me it's just an unnecessary security risk.

    Win 7 is pretty nice. Every time I go back to Vista there's a few little things that I miss that are in Win 7. I could live with Vista though. I'm still hoping to move to Linux for most things, since I'm going to need a reasonable amount of Linux knowledge for work.
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  • snotling
    back_by_demandWell, to be expected I suppose from the biggest troll on the forums.Seeing as they lost you at Vista, that means you have no idea what you are talking about. Anecdotal evidence garnered from other trolls doesn't count.Hey! you said the biggest was me... consistency is not your strong suit.
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