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?

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