updated 12:05 pm EDT, Wed October 21, 2009
Win 7 Amazon sales beat Harry Potter
Advance sales of Windows 7 at Amazon UK set an all-time record, the online retailer said this morning. Pre-orders for the Microsoft OS, which began in July, have been higher than for even the final Harry Potter book and in sheer numbers has only been outweighed by the release of Dan Brown's Lost Symbol. Windows 7 has also significantly outsold Windows Vista and took only eight hours to exceed what its predecessor sold during its entire pre-order run.
Word of the sales tally comes just a day before Windows 7 officially goes on sale worldwide and is particularly needed for Microsoft, which even in 2009 faced many users opting to either keep Windows XP or buy it with a new system rather than use Vista. Dell's enterprise president Stephen Schuckenbrock told those at a media event today that Vista "is a bust," particularly for companies that depend on compatibility and performance.