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Windows 7 up to 350 million copies sold in 1.5 years

updated 02:50 pm EDT, Fri April 22, 2011

Windows 7 hits 350m licenses in 18 months

Microsoft celebrated another milestone for Windows 7 on Friday by reaching 350 million copies sold, either with PCs or as upgrades. The tally was reached one and a half years after Windows 7 went on sale in October 2009 and just six months after the 240 million mark from its anniversary. Web traffic also just recently suggested that Windows 7 overtook XP as the most popular version of Windows and therefore the most popular OS in the US.

The pacing managed by the company would have Windows 7's growth rate slightly behind that from its first year, hinting that it was still healthy but that most adoption was still coming from those who were replacing computers on their usual upgrade cycles rather than deliberately stepping out of cycle to get the OS early.

The software's success is still noticeably stronger than for Windows Vista. An early reputation for a lack of hardware support, slow performance, an intrusive security layer and other drawbacks led to many PC builders and even some institutions deliberately avoiding Vista for as long as Microsoft would allow. Many netbook manufacturers kept using XP until Windows 7 or even until the developer stopped preinstalls of XP in October last year.

Windows 7 helped recover from Vista's issues by producing much faster performance on low-end systems as well as including more meaningful interface changes, though some like the unified app status and shortcut icons were borrowed from Mac OS X.

By Electronista Staff


  1. Tralthamidor

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    "most popular OS in the US"

    Pretty liberal use of the word popular. Just because the California Dept. of Motor Vehicles sells more car registrations than any other state that doesn't make it the most popular. People have to do it.

    When did W7 pass UNIX as the most installed OS? Don't think that happened yet.

  1. Foe Hammer

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    Popular, Schmopular

    As Tralthamidor said, there's a difference between "installed" and "popular."

    I highly doubt that everyone who sits in front of a Windows 7 box willfully selected Windows 7 because they wanted it. (And by induction backwards through time we get the same results for Vista, XP, ad nauseam/nausea.)

    Besides, does upgrading to an operating system that immediately followed an operating system that most of those same people either intentionally avoided or intentionally downgraded from actually count toward making the latest version more popular?

    To use a carbonated beverage analogy: XP = Coke Classic, Vista = New Coke, Windows 7 = Coke Classic in a specially-themed can.

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  1. wrenchy

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    Joined: Nov 2009


    Is that

    350 million copies sold.... Or shipped??

    Likewise, anyone that buys an Apple box has no choice of what OS they get. Most Apple buyers want the shiny box with the bitten apple on it because they're told by the fanbois that it "just works" or it's "better that Windows". How many Apple users actually know the name of the OS they're running? So most don't willfully select OSX because they wanted it. It came in the shiny Apple computer they just bought.

    Besides, most tech savvy Apple users install Windows on their shiny Apple Box because they need to do something useful now and then.


    - Sent from my Android Device.

  1. DeezNutts

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    Its a good OS

    Not surprising since Windows 7 is actually a good OS.

    Considering how long XP was around, and the poor outing that was Vista it makes sense.
    7 has decent compatability
    its stable, quicker than vista.
    Def handles resources better than XP on newer hardware.

    Its a solid OS, probably the best MS has ever produced.

  1. nat

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    Joined: Mar 2002


    oh wrenchy

    when are you going to stop being a teenage girl?

  1. facebook_Clarence

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    Windows 7

    Windows 7 is VERY good. So good, in fact, that I run it on all of my Macs (3 licenses). The Windows version of Microsoft Office 2010 is also an excellent product. The Windows platform is also very good for mathematical and engineering applications.

  1. Hillbilly Geek

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    it is also good

    ...for solitaire. What are windoze fanboise doing here?

  1. Foe Hammer

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    Compared to Vista ...

    Windows 7 is EXTREMELY good. Then again, compared to Vista, MS-DOS and CP/M are VERY good.

    But no Microsoft OS has, does or will ever best OS X or any UNIX-based OS. No matter what the well-paid MS shills, trolls and fudbois who suddenly join these forums and start posting from Farcebook say.

  1. chris2519

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    It's gotta be the Steve Ballmer edition

    Surely that's what sent them over the top. The millions of people that want some fat, out-of-touch executive's signature on their software box. I know mine's up there on that wall, right next to The Beatles and Ga Ga.

  1. erics

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    useful as in...

    ...Besides, most tech savvy Apple users install Windows on their shiny Apple Box because they need to do something useful now and then...

    useful as in downloading illegal software and p@rn.

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