updated 09:50 pm EDT, Wed June 23, 2010
Company highlights enterprise adoption
Microsoft has reportedly sold 150 million licenses for the Windows 7 operating system, according to a Windows team blog. The company claims Windows 7 is the fastest-selling OS in Microsoft's history, while approximately 75 percent of enterprises are said to be actively deploying or evaluating it.
Along with the sales milestone, the company has also introduced several new beta versions of the Windows Live Messenger, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, and Sync. The latest betas focus on cloud-based services through improved integration with photo and video sharing sites, e-mail services, social networks, web-based productivity apps, and blogging utilities.
Sync allows users to synchronize files across multiple PCs. The latest version adds a remote desktop feature to remotely access a PC over the web.
Microsoft general manager Brian Hall recently claimed that the new Windows Essentials pack now makes "Windows better than photos than a Mac, hands down." Photo Gallery will allow users to make composite images, while batch edits and tighter Facebook integration are also new to the utility.
The betas should be available on Thursday, however the company has yet to provide a solid date for the final release.