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"We see continuing momentum in Windows 7 to date," said Microsoft CFO Peter Klein, who spoke Tuesday at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media, & Telecom Conference in San Francisco.
"We've now sold 90 million copies, which is just terrific momentum," said Klein.
Klein said sleek new PCs and laptops from Microsoft partners like Dell, Sony, and Hewlett-Packard are helping to drive demand for Windows 7-based systems. "One of the things that's really been a big part of the success of Windows 7 is the great collaboration with our hardware partners, the innovation they're bringing to the form factors," said Klein.
Klein also said enterprises are starting to prepare for large-scale Windows XP-to-Windows 7 system upgrades.
"Heading into 2010 and 2011, we're starting to see incredible interest from our enterprise customers to start deployments of Windows 7. The interest has been very high, and we're now having conversations with the majority of our enterprise customers who are making plans to deploy Windows 7," said Klein.
Klein said he expects enterprise demand for Windows 7 will further increase as large companies upgrade their aging fleets of personal computers.
"There will be an enterprise refresh cycle," said Klein. "It's not precisely certain when that will happen and how fast it will happen, but as we've been saying constantly for the last several quarters, we expect it to happen this calendar year and go into the next calendar year, and that will be a really good thing," said Klein.
Microsoft formally rolled out Windows 7 on Oct. 22nd. The software includes built-in support for touch-screen applications, and carries a lighter footprint and less intrusive security measures than its unpopular predecessor, Windows Vista.
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