Just a little over a year ago, we were talking about the rapid success of Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system. That success? A whopping 150 million copies sold. In the intervening year, Microsoft has managed to almost treble that amount. The new total is an outstanding 400 million copies sold – a success by any metric.
CEO Steve Ballmer, in his role as company champion, recently announced at Microsoft’s 2011 Worldwide Partner Conference that Windows 7 was selling extremely well. It blows away the rest of the market when it comes to the fastest-selling operating system in history. In addition, the company was bullish about Office sales, despite encroachment from online competition like Google.
Office 2010, the latest version, has sold 100 million copies since the company put it on the market last year, and businesses are unsurprisingly snapping it up in droves – at 500% of the previous edition’s rate. Microsoft also mentioned that over 50,000 businesses have tried out the new online, hosted version of the Office productivity suite, Office 365. Available for general beta during the last two weeks, the new offering shows that Microsoft is hedging its bets in case companies decide that the cloud is where Word should live.