Windows 7 Sales Are Great (Just Like Vista Sales in 2007)

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March, 2007: Windows Vista's initial sales are great, "more than doubling" those of its predecessor, Windows XP. Flash forward to November, 2009: Windows 7 initial sales are 234% higher than Vista's. Those numbers sound awfully similar...

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What does this all mean? To be honest, not all that much—mostly, it means that there are just more computers out there every year. But what's kind of heartening, to me at least, is that it also means the general public is more and more tech-savvy: An OS release is a huge deal for nerds like us, but it's starting to be a big deal for Joe Sixpack as well. Given that Windows 7-packaged hardware sales are actually lower than Vista-packaged hardware in this time period, it means that people are installing a new OS on existing computers, something that's no big deal for us but could be intimidating for a tech neophyte. So this is a victory for nerds everywhere. Go us! [Microsoft via NYTimes Twitter]

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I would still say that most people upgrade their OS about as often as they buy a new computer.

Here's the main difference I see with Vista vs. 7. I'm responsible for a few hundred computers at work, and I'm responsible for fixing and maintaining the computers of my immediate family and friends. It's no surprise that every one of my machines is running XP and I avoided the Vista upgrade all together.

Now, I personally haven't jumped the gun, but I am tempted to say that 7 will be slowly adopted as my next OS of choice. So you have 1 geek who is responsible for the purchase of hundreds of licenses.