The official unveiling of Windows 8 is today and with Microsoft’s big event, we’re hearing some of their past successes as well. Windows 7 was their most recent iteration of their desktop operating system and the Redmond company has done a good job in encouraging people to move up to Windows 7. If you’re wondering how good, read on.
Steven Sinofsky from Microsoft went on stage at today’s event to say that the company has sold 670 million Windows 7 licenses. When you consider that this OS came out only 3 years ago, this is an impressive number. Overall, customers have also been quite pleased with Windows 7 and Sinofsky reinforced this today by stating that the OS was the “most widely used and widely praised OS ever”. He also went on to say that Windows 7 has the fastest rate of adoption by corporate customers ever. Sinfosky came onto the Microsoft scene during a time when the company was experiencing challenges in the form of Vista. Sinofsky was able to clear the challenges with the introduction of Windows XP and then move the company towards Windows 7.
Some of the other points that Sinofsky went on to talk about included SkyDrive, the company’s cloud storage service. On this front, he threw some stats out, stating that Microsoft now hosts 14 pentabytes of user data and this includes in excess of 11 million pictures. In addition, the service is growing by 2 pentabytes each month.