Windows 7 is big. Really big. Huge. In fact, Steve Ballmer announced today that Microsoft
has shipped 400 million licenses of Windows 7. The company has been seriously rolling since the OS was launched two years ago. The statement was made today as Steve opened up the annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), a four-day event that celebrates the accomplishments of the company's 640,000 global partners. 400m is a major milestone, and it confirms that Windows 7 is the fastest-selling OS in history. That's a big award to cherish, for sure.
All this, even with the announcement that Windows 8 is underway, and should be arriving on computers as early as next year. Echoing that point, Tami Reller, corporate vice president and chief financial officer of Windows and Windows Live, emphasized that Windows 7 is the path to Windows 8. Noting that there are still more than 200 million PCs running Windows XP, which was launched in 2001, Reller told partners they have a real opportunity to deliver more value to customers in the short term and "set them up for the future."
He also noted that Office 2010 has seen 100m copies fly off of shelves, and Reller stated that the beta of the next release of Windows Intune for cloud-based PC management and security. The full release is below, though sadly it doesn't give too many extra hints about Win8 or Microsoft's future plans from here.
Steve Ballmer Thanks Partners for Betting on Microsoft
Microsoft's CEO credits partners for making Windows 7 the
fastest-selling operating system in history, outlines progress across
Los Angeles - July 11, 2011 - Kicking off Microsoft Corp.'s annual
Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), a four-day event that celebrates the
accomplishments of the company's 640,000 global partners, CEO Steve
Ballmer today thanked partners for helping make Windows 7 the
fastest-selling operating system in history and indicated that with
future versions in development, partners can be confident in their bets
on Windows for phones, PCs, servers and the cloud.
Speaking before nearly 15,000 partners from around the globe, Ballmer
said more than 400 million Windows 7 licenses have been sold in less
than two years, and that the best way to prepare customers and prospects
for the future is to move all customers to Windows 7.
Echoing that point, Tami Reller, corporate vice president and chief
financial officer of Windows and Windows Live, emphasized that Windows 7
is the path to Windows 8. Noting that there are still more than 200
million PCs running Windows XP, which was launched in 2001, Reller told
partners they have a real opportunity to deliver more value to customers
in the short term and "set them up for the future."
In providing an overview of the road ahead with Windows, Reller told
partners that despite the record growth and success of Windows 7, there
is tremendous Windows 7 deployment opportunity now and well into the
future. "We see a future with a heterogeneous enterprise environment of
Windows 8 devices and apps alongside Windows 7 PCs and apps," she said.
"At the heart of our ability to deliver Windows 8 is the flexibility
Windows has consistently shown; its ability to adapt over time is what
ensures Windows will continue to be highly relevant in the future,"
Other news from Ballmer's and Reller's presentations included the following:
· In a wide-ranging keynote speech that highlighted major moments from
the past year and looked ahead at what's next, Ballmer also focused on
key accomplishments for Windows Phone, including the company's
partnership with Nokia; Xbox, including Kinect and the company's
strategy to bring controller-free games and entertainment to the living
room and live TV to Xbox this fall; progress with Bing, including a demo
of Bing on Xbox ("You say it, Xbox finds it") and social features in
Bing resulting from Microsoft's partnership with Facebook; an update on
the company's impending acquisition of Skype; and cloud services
· Reller announced the beta of the next release of Windows Intune for
cloud-based PC management and security. Windows Intune provides the best
Windows experience for customers by giving them access to the latest,
premium version of Windows plus PC management and security in the cloud.
The new Windows Intune features, including software distribution and
remote tasks, strengthen the opportunity for partners. The limited,
public beta is available at http://technet.microsoft.com/windows/intune.
· American Airlines will soon update its application for Windows
Phone, which will provide "the fastest delivery of flight information
data on the planet," according to an American Airlines spokesperson. The
update will allow real-time flight status information, including gate
changes and baggage claim areas, from American's reservation system to
be pushed to a cloud-based Windows Azure system, which can then push the
flight status notifications directly to the application's Windows Phone
Live Tiles. American Airlines customers who download the application
and pin it to Start will have instant access to their most current
travel information on the top-level user interface of their phone,
eliminating the need for text message, email or phone-call updates. The
application was developed in conjunction with Microsoft partner
migration mobi of Austin, Texas.
· Boeing is using compelling ways to market its best-selling 737 with
Windows Azure, the Windows operating system, and Windows Touch. The
"Boeing 737 Explained" tool, developed by Boeing and Wire Stone LLC, a
Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, is hosted on the Windows Azure
· The Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest in the
United States, will use Microsoft Dynamics CRM for its 70,000 employees,
and SpaceX, a private-industry successor to the U.S. Space Shuttle
program, will use Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 for its financial and
· Less than two weeks after the official launch of Office 365, more
than 50,000 organizations are trialing the service - a rate of one
company every 25 seconds. Ballmer said that more than one in five of the
Fortune 500 uses Microsoft Online Services and large organizations
worldwide are moving to the cloud-based service, including the American
Red Cross, which will move 66,000 people to Office 365 by the end of
this year, and Softbank Technology Corp. in Japan, which moved to Office
365 to help reduce its overall technology maintenance costs while
driving increased productivity across its 19 subsidiary companies.