The steady march of Microsoft’s Windows 7 OS continues unabated. To date, 400 million licenses of the OS have been sold worldwide. The announcement was made today during the first day of Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference by CEO Steve Ballmer.

According to Ballmer, “Our previous statement of 7 copies of Windows 7 sold a second continues to hold true. We continue to see excellent momentum for Windows 7 as well as Internet Explorer 9. According to Net Applications as of June 2011, Windows 7 is now running on 27.13% of all PCs worldwide. And of PCs running Windows 7 in the U.S., Internet Explorer 9 is now the most popular modern browser. Internet Explorer 9 is running on 17% of Windows 7 PCs worldwide.”

Seven copies a second! Yikes!

Microsoft took great pains to address all the user feedback (read, complaints) on Vista and turned one of the most desparaged OSs in recent memory into one of the most revered. Windows 7 has received fairly universal praise from users as it has enhanced stability over previous versions of Windows, and the user interface has received many improvements and usability tweaks.

However, Microsoft looks to take a big gamble with Windows 8 next year as the whole interface has been redesigned from the ground up to be more “touch centric.” Time will tell if this evolution of the Windows OS is the right course for Microsoft to take.

Source: Blogging Windows

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