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Microsoft sells 60m copies of Windows 7, gets record revenue

updated 05:15 pm EST, Thu January 28, 2010

Microsoft revenue reaches all-time high in Q4

Microsoft this afternoon claimed its best-ever quarter for revenue courtesy of Windows 7. The company's revenue jumped 14 percent year-over-year to just over $19.02 billion owing directly to selling 60 million copies of the new OS release and helped it bounce back from three consecutive drops in revenue during the other quarters of 2009. Its net income also jumped 60 percent versus late 2008 to top $6.66 billion.

The number was partly padded by $1.71 billion in deferred revenues, as pre-sales of Windows 7 both to upgraders and to PC builders weren't counted as part of the summer results. Even transferring the difference, however, the quarter would still have represented a significant increase versus the prior season.

Microsoft touts the 60 million copies as the highest-ever for any operating system in a single quarter and significantly outpaces Windows Vista. The earlier release took four months to reach 40 million from its late January 2007 debut and continued slowing down for much of its lifespan as Vista developed a reputation for poor hardware support, incompatibility and overly frequent security prompts.

The performance was also clouded by poor results in a pair of categories. Although Microsoft estimates Windows PC sales to home users were up 20 percent, business sales were almost flat as many companies took a wait-and-see approach or had compatibility problems that wouldn't be solved by Windows 7. Also, the Entertainment and Devices group that handles the Xbox and Zune dropped in revenues by almost 11 percent as it shipped only 5.2 million Xbox 360s, a 13 percent drop compared to the end of 2008.

It's not known how many Zune HD players were sold. The fall was the first full quarter of sales for the touchscreen device.

Microsoft's Windows 7 sales don't reflect the entire PC industry as some of its sales were still copies of Windows XP attached to older netbooks and nettops.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Soooo, take a look at the 'Mojave Project'

    Those idiots were actually actors on dope, not actual user.

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    if they keep this up

    they'll be able to keep the xbox and zune and msn and bing and hotmail out there for another decade! well, at least until the cash cows come home.

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    their apple stores too.

  1. TigerN28763

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The only way MS claims this c*** is how they learned to sell the product by jamming it down the throats of all the people who don't want it.

    I install dozens of PCs a week (gag) and all come with Win 7 DOWNGRADED to XP. It is a load of c*** that Win 7 is doing so well. 100% of the dental software industry alone does NOT support it, and I wonder how many other industries tascitly ignore MS bull about selling Win 7 but then also downgrading to XP. We do not pay a dime for the so called "downgrade".

    I'm willing to bet that a HUGE portion, approaching 40% are what we do; erase & install XP.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: bullshit

    Well, if the huge dental software market doesn't support Win7, then I'm sure no company does.

    Of course you aren't complaining about those software vendors who apparently took so many liberties with their code that it breaks on switching to Vista or Win 7. If you used some Mac software that did not work with the latest version of OS X when it was released, you'd probably be down their throats complaining about it, yelling they had all that pre-release time to update their software.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: bullshit

    Oh, and doesn't MS get some credit for making an OS that is 9 years old that still works on today's hardware? h***, you could not get Tiger to run on any Mac right now, and only some Macs are even capable of running Leopard. And forget about OS 9.

    Apple gets credit for breaking backward compatibility because they're forward thinking or something. MS breaks backward compatibility, and their new OS is broken and a joke and everyone is moving back to XP.

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