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Microsoft Confirms Record Windows 7 Sales & WM7 At MWC

Gordon Kelly


Microsoft Confirms Record Windows 7 Sales & WM7 At MWC

Microsoft's turn to make a triple play for our attention this week...

In official news the company has announced Windows 7 is the "fastest selling OS in history" - something that shouldn't be really surprising considering a) Windows dominates the computer landscape, b) more people own computers than ever before and c) these computers have never been more affordable. Still, it'd be churlish not to acknowledge Microsoft has done a remarkable job since the Vista car crash and I do indeed prefer Windows 7 to Mac OS X.

Alongside this achievement, Microsoft has announced its Q1 financial results and, much like Apple and Google's recent figures, they are hugely impressive. Main points are a 14 per cent increase in revenue from the year ago quarter to a record $19.02bn while operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $8.51 billion, $6.66 billion and $0.74 per share, which represents increases of 43 per cent, 60 per cent and 57 per cent respectively.

“Exceptional demand for Windows 7 led to the positive top-line growth for the company,” said Peter Klein, chief financial officer at Microsoft. “Our continuing commitment to managing costs allowed us to drive earnings performance ahead of the revenue growth.”

In a final twist, Klein also revealed that Microsoft will show off Windows Mobile 7 for the first time "in a few weeks" - a timeframe which coincides nicely with Mobile World Congress 2010, held in Barcelona (we'll be there). Much like Windows 7, WM7 is seen by many as a massively important release for the company as it looks to put a desperately disappointing predecessor behind it.

In fact I'd argue WM7 is more important than Windows 7 since Microsoft doesn't enjoy anywhere near the same dominance in the mobile space as it does in computing so get this release wrong and it may be kissing the smartphone market goodbye.

No pressure!


Microsoft Official Q1 Results

WM7 News via Electronista


January 29, 2010, 6:46 pm

Well they certainly deserve it. Windows 7 is an amazing OS. I've been running it for a long time now, RC and now final version and it's so much better than Vista.

Sorry Apple, maybe next time.


January 29, 2010, 7:12 pm

Windows Vista wasn't exactly met with praise by Windows users with many preferring to stick with XP (if they had the choice). And given Microsoft weren't going to repeat the same mistake with Windows 7, it's not really that surprising that it's been very popular. It's been a very long wait for XP users!

d bloody well hope so given there was 8 years between releases.


January 29, 2010, 7:14 pm

I'm not quite so full of praise for Windows 7, but it is better then Vista, though not by a huge margin in my opinion. In fact, it helped me switch from OS X to Windows. So, not surprised that it's the fastest selling OS in history. All Microsoft had to do was make a decent OS after Vista, and they accomplished it.


January 29, 2010, 7:16 pm

"&#8220Exceptional demand for Windows 7 led to the positive top-line growth for the company,&#8221 said Peter Klein, chief financial officer at Microsoft. &#8220Our continuing commitment to managing costs allowed us to drive earnings performance ahead of the revenue growth.&#8221 "

Wow....that is some heavy duty financial speak. I mean who who says "Earnings performance" and "Positive top-line growth".....is there a negative top-line growth?


January 29, 2010, 7:42 pm

I was bought a Sony Vaio netbook for Christmas (no one asked if I wanted one). Windows 7 starter onboard. I thought the idea of a netbook was to easily connect to the internet. Ok at my sons address then again ok when at home. On return to my sons address despite showing connection it would not let me get onto the internet. My Wife's Macbook just works. It took me ages to sort it out and am sure that XP would have been easier. I don't know if the the other editions are better but this is rubbish.


January 29, 2010, 7:58 pm

it's only fair, they caused their own recession, by releasing vista and win mobile 6.


January 29, 2010, 8:31 pm

@Ohmz - I have to ask, what was the apology to Apple all about in your comment? Nobody is under the impression that an Apple OS could outsell a version of Windows; I'm sure even Vista has sold more copies than there are computers with Snow Leopard installed upon them.

Whatever your prefered OS, there's really not a competition here.

Congrats to Microsoft though, it took a while, but they've done it! :)


January 29, 2010, 8:48 pm

@Cub, I was thinking seriously of switching over to Mac, and had Windows 7 not come out so relatively soon after Vista I probably would have.

Not making a point on sales of Windows vs Mac just a personal point that's all.


January 29, 2010, 8:55 pm

I'd prefer them to do more about the next os (dubbed win8) rather than pushing for a new release too soon (rumoured 2011?)

I have a feeling that ppl havent get used to office 2007 yet 2010 is around the corner already. MS, we need quality


January 29, 2010, 9:36 pm

Another factor is that Windows 7 is the first release for a very long time that didn't require a full scale hardware upgrade just to run the new OS.


January 29, 2010, 11:13 pm

I'm a PC.


January 29, 2010, 11:38 pm

@Ohmz, I think I know what you mean. Everytime I see one of their beautiful machines, I wonder if I could convert from Pc to Mac. I do a cost benefit analysis, and always end up realising the endgame would result in me owning a expensive mac running Windows on it, negating most of the benefits of OSX running on mac hardware like battery life, efficiency etc...

I always imagine though, if Apple can squeeze 8 or so hours out of a laptop designed by itself running on a not so powerful battery, whilst windows dies in say 3 hours. If Microsoft designed Windows around a limited amount of hardware, battery life could probably be amazing.


January 29, 2010, 11:57 pm

@darkspark88 - battery life IS amazing on most new Windows laptops with about a 5 hour average for laptops and netbooks and CULV machines pushing 10-12 hours...


January 30, 2010, 1:40 am

Hey, remember when laptops lasted 2 hours tops :).


January 30, 2010, 4:20 am

Excited to see what MS bring to mobile in 2010! Lets see some of the momentum from 2009.



February 1, 2010, 1:46 am

WM7? Too little too late. MS has let the ball slip and is now playing catch-up to the iPhone and Android and will need to do something spectacular to recover ... I for one am not expecting anything great.


February 1, 2010, 2:22 pm

darkspark88, at the risk of starting a flame war, my wife and I started using a Mac about 6 years ago (she got it from the LEA to help with her dyslexia during her degree, so cost was never an issue!) It runs today pretty much as good as the day we got it. Better, in fact, because we've upgraded the OS over that time. By today's standards, it's not cutting edge, and because it's based on the PowerPC architecture rather than the Intel architecture we can't get all the latest software for it, but it allows us to word process, runs spreadsheets, surf the net, watch iplayer, store music and sync with ipods on a daily basis. We've never had a virus or a crash too severe for a quick reboot to fix.

Over the same period of time, at work I'm on my third windows PC. They just seem to slow down progressively over time until they become completely unusable, even with a system rebuild. No-one has ever been able to explain to me why this should be.

Now I've probably just jinxed my hard-drive by posting this, but I just wanted to point out that when looking at the cost of Macs vs PCs, you should also think about the expected life-span of the machine.

Does anyone else have this experience of their Mac's outlasting equivalent Windows based machines?


February 1, 2010, 2:35 pm

@Bluepork: You're right that Windows does have a history of just getting slow and Macs just soldiering on and it's a pretty poor show from Microsoft. So far Win7 seems to be better, though.

However, I'm highly sceptical of your assertion that PCs are still slow after a rebuild. That's physically impossible. Also, if it's a work PC, there are probably countless other factors to consider. Like are you on a corporate network? If so, there will be all manner of anti virus and backup utilities making your PC slow. For another, are they actually fast machines? Work PCs aren't generally known for being the fastest.

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