I think Microsoft’s recent earnings announcement even surprised them a little bit. While there’s been plenty of hype around the completely revamped Windows 8 OS, it looks like Windows 7 sales are still going strong for them.
Microsoft reported a stronger than expected set of earnings for the first quarter of this year, raking in an impressive $17.41B USD in revenue and a net profit of $5.11B USD ($0.60 USD per share). Revenue was up 6 percent from last year and easily beat analyst expectations. Profit is actually down 1 percent from last year but that’s mainly due to Microsoft’s increased spending.
Windows 7 sales were partly responsible for the increase in revenue. Even though Windows 7 is starting to near the end of its life cycle, sales for it rose to $4.62B USD, which is an increase of 4 percent from last year. Windows 7 is the fastest selling operating system of all time and is currently on around 40 percent of PCs.
Sales for this quarter are only down $112 million than the fourth quarter of 2011, which is normally the strongest quarter due to an increase in sales for the holiday season.
So what drove this boost in Windows 7 sales? Well there was an 8 percent increase in Business Sales when compared to the same time last year while consumer sales remained flat.
It’s quite a feat that Windows 7 is still so successful nearly 3 years after it was released, it just goes to show how popular and operating system it is. It will be interesting to see how it holds up against Windows 8.
What do you think?
Will Windows 8 supersede Windows 7 as the fastest selling operating system of all time?
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