Will Windows 7 Kill Mac OS and XP; 240 Million Licenses sold in One Year


Let’s have some fun- Can you remember when was the last time you saw one of the Apple’s infamous “Get a Mac” ads ? Probably it’s been months. The recent sales figures of Windows 7, released by Microsoft on Thursday, have stamped all the projections to make it a quiet success or may be a phenomenon in the history of operating systems. Company has claimed to sell more than 240 million license of Windows 7 in its first year. Such enormous success has helped the software giant to record profits despite a recent dip in computer sales growth.

Interestingly, at the time of launch competitors, especially Apple’s marketing executives, were hoping for vista-like wave of complains, but they were disappointed. Currently Microsoft controls 90 percent of the world’s 1.4 billion computers which is expected to grow further by cross platform migration or by Vista & XP upgrades. Most of the latest release by Microsoft are tend to support and work only on Windows 7 platform which are getting equal praise from users. Internet Explorer 9 is one among such launch of which Beta version has been released recently.

Declared as world fastest selling operating system, Windows 7 was launched a year ago this week to supersede Vista which humiliated Microsoft for long time. After the growing popularity of Windows 7 most of the XP users also started migrating the platform to new baby of Microsoft. Company is also expecting to sell more than 300 million licenses by end of this year.

Within one year of total lifetime, Windows 7 has crossed over many milestones. Just in two weeks of launch, Windows 7 has managed to surpass Apple’s Snow Leapord market share in November 2009. By early February 2010, in 3 months of launch, Windows 7 capured 10% of overall OS market share.

The early adoption of by corporate houses is one of the major reasons behind the success of Windows 7. Generally most of the corporate houses are tend to do this to have ample to get train their people and IT department with complete functionality of new release. It has been revealed that 64% of business houses were expecting to upgrade to Windows 7 within first year of release. Out of which 50% corporate houses chosen 64 bit version of Windows 7, keeping the hardware transformation and future needs.

It has also been clear that the successor of Windows 7 is already under development and will be ready to release the RTM version of Windows 8 by mid of 2011. Currently, Windows 7 is available with a price tag of $80 for a simple upgrade to $320 for the ultimate license version.

About 89 percent of companies — Microsoft’s most lucrative customers — are planning to use Windows 7, said Tami Reller, chief financial officer of Microsoft’s Windows unit. Company reported record sales of $62.5 billion last fiscal year, up 7 percent from the year before, largely powered by Windows. The Windows unit is still Microsoft’s core, providing more than one-fourth of overall sales and just over half of its profit.

Microsoft is closely working on first service pack of Windows 7. The beta release happened just few days ago and official release is expected in first quarter of 2011.

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