Microsoft sells 10 Windows 7 licenses per second

Microsoft sold nearly 10 copies of Windows 7 every second over the last month, according to numbers the company released Thursday.

Yesterday, Peter Klein, Microsoft’s chief financial officer, told Wall Street analysts of the latest Windows 7 milestone. “With 175 million licenses sold to date, it is the fastest selling operating system ever, and now runs on over 15% of all PCs worldwide Microsoft MCTS Training,” Klein said during an afternoon earnings call.
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A month ago, Microsoft announced that it had sold 150 million Windows 7 licenses.

By Microsoft’s numbers, the company sold 25 million licenses during the 29 days between June 23 and July 21, a pace that represents sales of 9.97 copies of Windows 7 per second.

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On Tuesday, Microsoft credited strong sales of Windows 7 , as well as the introduction of Office 2010, for pushing its second quarter revenues to a record $16 billion — a 22% jump over the same quarter in 2009. Windows revenue grew by more than $1 billion, to $4.55 billion, according to the company.

As it has several times in the past, yesterday Microsoft called Windows 7 “the fastest-selling operating system ever.”

The OS has certainly outperformed its predecessor , Windows Vista.

According to data from Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based Net Applications, which tracks operating system usage share by monitoring 40,000 sites that use its Web metrics service, Windows 7 held a 14.4% share as of July 21, nine months after its release. Vista took 22 months to reach the same mark Microsoft MCITP Certification.

Klein’s statement that Windows 7 now accounts for 15% of the in-use operating systems worldwide not only differed from Net Applications’ numbers, but also from those of Irish analytics firm StatCounter, which pegs Windows 7’s current global share at 17.6%. It was also muddied by a competing claim by Microsoft spokesman Brandon LeBlanc, who said that the new OS now powers 16% of all PCs .

On Friday, Microsoft said that Klein had misspoke, and that 16% was the accurate number. A company spokeswoman said that Windows 7’s usage share was derived from internal data.