I have been using Microsoft Windows 7 in some form or fashion since it was in early beta. And, from the very beginning, I have been impressed by nearly all aspects of the operating system. Windows 7 is a lean, clean, and mature operating system that performs well without being overly annoying.
Now, as Ed Bott explains in a recent ZDNet Blog post, "It's Official: Windows 7 Is a Hit, and XP Is Finally in Decline, Windows 7 is selling faster than either Windows XP or Windows Vista were selling at this point in their respective product cycles. In the blog post, Ed notes:
Last spring, a Microsoft executive told me that the company had sold 100 million Windows 7 licenses. As part of its quarterly earnings call in July, Microsoft announced that that number had risen to 175 million, and the company has projected that a total of 350 million Windows 7 licenses will have been sold by the end of this year. That's a run rate of roughly 30 million copies per month worldwide, and it represents a lot of Windows 7-powered PCs.
He goes on:
Today, roughly 70-75% of corporate desktops are still running Windows XP. If enterprise adoption rates for Windows 7 continue at the seemingly slow pace of 1.5% per month, Windows 7 will probably overtake XP in corporate installations by the end of 2011. If that rate picks up even slightly, as it appears to be doing, then there's a good chance that XP will hold a single-digit share of corporate desktops when it's officially retired in 2014.
So there you have it. I encourage you to read Ed Bott's entire ZDNet blog post for all the details. The conclusion is clear: Windows 7 is the future operating system for corporate workstations. As a reader of the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog and as an information technology professional, is that good news, bad news, or perhaps indifferent news? Are you looking forward to managing a Windows 7-rich environment or dreading it?
Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.