Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 7 has taken off, with more than 60 million licenses sold in its first quarter since its release.
The 31st of December 2009 closed out the second quarter for Microsoft, with the release of Windows 7 operating system having taken place on the 22nd of October. Microsoft has today announced a record result of 19.02 billion dollars, with the 60% profit increase (6.6 billion dollars) having largely come thanks to their "dependency on Windows".
According to Microsoft, the demand for Windows 7 has been "exceptional". Around the world, more than 60 million Windows 7 licenses have been sold, with "the operating system being the fastest selling in history".
When Microsoft is talking about licenses, they are of course including pre-installed versions of the OS on new computers. For the second quarter numbers, Microsoft has also included advanced sales of their Windows 7 system, and the diverse programs that were made available through this.
Microsoft’s general manager couldn’t hide his satisfaction though, with "this being a record quarter for Windows sales. We are stunned by the welcome users have given to Windows 7 and the enthusiasm shown by companies in adopting Windows 7", declared Kevin Turner. The half-failure of Windows Vista seems to have quickly been forgotten.
Compared to the same period in 2008, revenue linked to the Windows & Windows Live division increased by close to 70%. The Microsoft Business division, and notably Office, recorded a 2.7% reduction though. This is likely due to users waiting for the official launch of Office 2010 in June of this year.