Windows 7 Sees Record Sales As Windows XP Users Upgrade

The high-profile retirement of Windows XP is just 20 or so days away, and Microsoft is ready to stop proving patches and security updates for users of this old operating system after April 8.

And while there were hopes that many of these users will choose Windows 8.1 as their next destination of choice, many are now choosing the world’s most popular operating system — that being, Windows 7.

The Channel has posted a new report that includes sales figures by ecommerce analyst Terapeak that show that customers are happily moving to Windows 7. In January 2014, worldwide consumers purchased 11,042 Windows 7 copies.

Compare these to the numbers of 5,661 back in June 2013.

What this means is that total sales of Windows 7 licenses at the retailer came in at $774,773 in the first month of this year. Corresponding figures from seven months ago were $409,871.

Nothing particularly surprising here, when you look at it.

If anything, this much was a given for users that were upgrading from Windows XP. Windows 7 not only offers a polished (yet familiar) environment, but the world’s most popular operating system also wins hands down when it comes to support and drivers for older legacy hardware.

Even more so than Windows 8.1, in this particular case. And the results are telling.

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  • Ted Smith

    I can’t say this is surprising given the XP news and promotion we’ve seen recently. I think this is exactly what Microsoft wanted and expected to see.

  • Jason Claven

    Is it weird that I’m a little shocked? Obviously, people needed to upgrade after the XP news we have received, but I thought more people would jump right to windows 8. Microsoft must be happier though, because now those people will eventually have to update from windows 7.

  • Bill Franklin

    All these ads and notices of removing security from XP have been heard loud and clear. I’m impressed with how quickly these ads have been heard and read. Microsoft has to be loving this right now.

  • Emily W

    As I just posted in the article posted right after this, Microsoft has the news right where they want it. Everything, including these sales numbers, are pushing people towards windows 7. I wish I could buy some Microsoft stock right now! 😉

  • Sally Black

    Are there numbers on what has happened with Windows 8 sales recently? I’m curious to see those as well. Thanks! 🙂