One Year Later: Microsoft Sells 240 Million Windows 7 Licenses

One year ago, Microsoft Corp. took the wraps off of its Windows 7 operating system to much fanfare. The vendor said yesterday that since then it has sold more than 240 million licenses for the software, outperforming even its own expectations.

Microsoft says that Windows 7 now commands a 17 percent share worldwide of the operating system market, running on 93 percent of new consumer PCs worldwide. About 1.2 billion PCs globally run some form of Windows.

"I think Windows 7 has exceeded expectations," said Gavriella Schuster, Microsoft general manager, Windows Product Management.

Schuster suggested that Microsoft worried about its timing in releasing the operating system software, considering the economic climate of last fall.

"We were in such a bad place economically, I didn't know how it was going to play out," she said. "I was nervous."

Schuster said that Microsoft will have to push Windows 7 more strongly into the enterprise to maintain its first year momentum.

"Enterprise is over half of our Windows revenue," she said.

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