Windows 7 Selling Twice as Well as Any Other Version of Windows

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

Windows 7 has sold more than twice as many copies as any other version of the operating system during the same number of days of release, according to CEO Steve Ballmer, who made the comments at his company's annual shareholder meeting Thursday. Mr. Ballmer was mum on the specific numbers, but increased sales suggest that his company is on its way towards recovering from the Windows Vista debacle.

"We've already sold twice as many units as any OS in a comparable time frame," Mr. Ballmer said, according to coverage of the shareholder event from CNet. "Windows 7 is simply the best PC operating system that we or anyone else has ever built."

There are a number of factors contributing to a comparison between Windows 7 and earlier versions of the OS. First and foremost is the fact that the PC market has grown significantly since the last successful Windows launch, that of Windows XP in the beginning of this decade. In addition, there is substantial pent-up demand for the new version of Windows stemming from the large numbers of Windows XP users that never upgraded to Vista.

That shouldn't diminish what Microsoft has been able to do in peddling Windows 7, however, especially in light of a slow economy -- Mr. Ballmer did note that from his company's perspective, the economy had leveled off. Windows 7 has, so far, been a hit with the Wintel market.

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Bryan Chaffin

The Windows brand was so tarnished by Vista, these kinds of results for Windows 7 are seriously impressive.

But best OS ever? Please… smile

Khaled

So making a good OS is actually good for profit. Hopefully Microsoft will learn that with Windows 8 (windows version 7.0, don’t ask)

Khaled

But best OS ever? Please? smile

you better do that quote in the next ACM :p

Lee Dronick

Makes sense. I think that they stopped selling older versions of WIndows so of course 7 is outselling them.

Nom

I’m not sure that they are impressive.  It’s a new OS, so one would expect behaviour similar to any other OS release (for the same platform/market).  And the market is a heck of a lot bigger than when XP was released.  So, practically speaking, anything less than ‘significantly better than XP’ would be verging on ‘total flop’ (see Vista).

Tiger

Hey, this is great news.

Except if your Dell. 54% drop in profits?
OUCH

geoduck

Mr. Ballmer was mum on the specific numbers,

If they don’t give the complete numbers, what they really count, and cite a non MS third party for them I just simply don’t trust the statement. MS has a history of counting pre-orders and then counting the filling of those orders separately. They counted Vista sales for systems that came from the factory with XP downgrades. They’ve counted as sales numbers of licenses sold to PC manufacturers whether or not they went onto a PC that quarter. They have always played fast and loose with sales figures especially when they want some good press. Remember it was just a year ago when they were saying that Vista was selling light hotcakes. Until I see figures from some trustworthy source I’ll withhold judgement.

Bryan Chaffin

Makes sense. I think that they stopped selling older versions of WIndows so of course 7 is outselling them.

My mistake, Harry - the comparison Mr. Ballmer was making was of Windows 7 during the first X amount of days of release compared the same number of days of the earlier versions of Windows during the same X amount of days of their release.

I edited the story to hopefully make that more clear.

Lee Dronick

My mistake, Harry - the comparison Mr. Ballmer was making was of Windows 7 during the first X amount of days of release compared the same number of days of the earlier versions of Windows during the same X amount of days of their release.

I figured that, I was just being a wise guy smile

Voice

Congratulations, they’ve doubled the sales rate of the prior best selling version of Windows…

...In a market that is *more* than twice as large.

I’m having trouble finding hard numbers at the moment, but I seem to recall a fairly recent article that estimated the PC market has more than *quadrupled* in size since the Windows XP release.  If that’s the case, then it would mean 7 is selling half as well as XP did.  Mind you, that’s still a ways better than Vista managed, so I guess it is still an up-swing.

aardman

Nothing surprising.  It’s not as if all those people running XP are never ever going to upgrade.  There’s a lot of catch up going on by folks who were ready to upgrade with Vista but held it off because the product stank.

James

@voice

That’s what I was thinking. Maybe we should brace ourselves for the reports of numbers fudging . . . but whatever. I don’t use anything they make anymore, and now that they are finally being forced to do things in a more standards compliant fashion it probably doesn’t make much of a difference.

vista error

  vista-error
They?ve counted as sales numbers of licenses sold to PC manufacturers whether or not they went onto a PC that quarter. They have always played fast and loose with sales figures especially when they want some good press.

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