Microsoft basks in the success of a job well done, but is Windows 7 on USB memory sticks next for the software giant?
Microsoft chief financial officer Peter Klein has unveiled the software giant has sold 90 million copies since Windows 7 launched. More significantly, he stated that enterprise customers (which is where potentially hundreds of millions more licenses will eventually come from) are starting to get in touch regarding upgrading all those billions of Windows XP PCs lurking around offices around the world.
The news was revealed on the Windows 7 Team blog
which also mentions some interesting new laptop designs including the "Sony VAIO X which is so sleek and portable it could fit inside
a MacBook Air, the Dell Adamo XPS which is the thinnest PC in the world, and the HP Envy 13 which combines breakthrough industrial design with tons of power." With the increase and power, and decrease in size, it won't be long before Windows XP-powered netbooks are going to look very old fashioned indeed.
Its unlikely many netbooks or thin-notebooks will be selling with Windows XP now, but there is still a huge upgrade market for Microsoft to tap into, assuming it can distribute Windows 7 on memory sticks -- something it has not yet done -- or in some other manner