Redmond's newest operating system is the fastest selling in its history and is helping to bolster the company's top line.
Take that Steve Jobs. Fresh off Apple's announcement that it's selling an iPad every two seconds, Microsoft has released numbers that show the software maker selling seven copies of its Windows 7 operating system per second.
"Windows 7 is the fastest selling operating system in history," said Brandon LeBlanc, Microsoft's in-house Windows blogger, in a post Wednesday. All told, Microsoft has sold more than 150 million Windows 7 licenses since the product debuted last October.
LeBlanc added that 75% of enterprises are either actively deploying or evaluating Windows 7. "That's amazing," said LeBlanc.
Still, Microsoft has its work cut out if it's to erase IT managers' memories of Windows Vista. Few enterprises adopted Vista due to concerns about hardware requirements, application compatibility, and intrusive security measures that required user authorization for routine tasks like moving a file from one folder to another.
Microsoft to an extent addressed compatibility issues by adding a feature called XP Mode to Windows 7. XP Mode lets users run apps in a virtualized XP environment if they're not compatible with Windows 7, which is built on the same foundation as Vista and is thus incompatible with apps that also wouldn't run on Vista.
Windows 7 also requires a lighter footprint than its predecessor and is stripped of many of Vista's extraneous, memory-hogging features.
Microsoft plans to release the first service pack for Windows 7 next month. Windows 7 SP1, however, will mostly be a compilation of previously released updates and security patches.
Windows 7's popularity is helping Microsoft's top line. The company's Windows revenues came in at $4.42 billion in the most recent quarter, up 28% from the same period a year ago. Microsoft shares were down .73%, to $25.12, in midday trading Thursday.