We talk about how rapid the adoption and growth of mobile operating systems such as iOS and Android are – but they can’t touch Windows. Microsoft just delivered a Windows ‘State of the Union’ at their Windows 8 launch event in NYC, and the Windows State of the Union is good. Very, very good.
We’ve talked before about how quickly Windows 7 has sold. By all accounts, it’s the fastest selling operating system of all time. Microsoft just announced that the company has sold over 670 million copies of the OS so far. And more will be bought, if the currently lukewarm attitude from the business world is any indication. Moreover, most PCs being sold at this moment still have Windows 7 installed.
Of course, Windows 8 may beat that record, despite its controversial nature. Microsoft quoted analysts as saying that close to 400,000,000 PCs are expected to be sold annually over the next few years, and the software giant was quick to point out that most of these will be running Windows 8.
It’s not the only big number that we heard from Microsoft today, either. The company’s cloud storage platform, Skydrive, has grown to encompass over 14 PB (that’s petabytes, or 1000 terabytes, or a million gigabytes) of data from its users, and is currently growing at a rate of more than 2 PB per month.
That number is likely to grow, too, as Skydrive integration is built into the next generation of Office, Microsoft Office 2013, and is easily added to new Windows 8 apps through the software’s various APIs.
Windows 8 is scheduled to launch tomorrow, with upgrades and other software downloads available starting tonight at midnight. Pricing starts at $39.99 for upgrades, with qualifying OSes that include all flavors of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.