Windows 7 By the Numbers: 350M in 1.5

That's a lot of Windows 7: 350 million licenses in 18 months. The TechSpot blog where we espied that latest data from Microsoft also said that Windows 7 has 20 percent of the overall OS market (TechSpot is citing numbers reported at ars Technica, from -- guess who? Net MarketShare).

Let's put it into perspective. Okay, so I'm pretty certain those licenses aren't all being deployed. We'll assume that much. Even so, those licenses are out there, out of Microsoft's hands and in OEM boxes or elsewhere, so they're somewhat active licenses. Now, assuming that much, if we conservatively price Windows at US$100 per license (which is $19.99 below the Home Premium upgrade version; full version is $199.99 and other versions are even higher), Microsoft made a mint.

Posted by Michael Domingo on 04/22/2011 at 11:59 AM


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