Light up the candles. Windows 7 turns 1 today. Happy birthday to an OS that debuted in the worst of a recession and went on to exceed expectations, racking up approximately 240 million licenses to date.
It also successfully shut the door on Windows Vista, Microsoft's embattled follow-up OS to the still-thriving Windows XP. Vista struggled throughout its lifespan and Microsoft desperately needed a reboot to stop the sneers: Windows 7 did just that.
Will it be able to keep up the momentum? Probably not. Windows 7 has far surpassed where Vista adoption was at after a year, but industry analysts are reporting a slowdown in enterprise migrations as the economy sputters and businesses satisfied with Windows XP drag their feet.
Nevertheless, Windows 7 has accomplished much in just one year of life. It made inroads at enterprises who passed on Vista and were ready to refresh Windows XP; its operating system market share reached 17% last month, according to Web metrics firm Net Applications. It is running on 93% of new consumer PCs, and is being sold by 100% of Microsoft's OEM partners. Microsoft is predicting that it will sell 300 million Windows 7 licenses by the end of the year.
To honor Windows 7's better-than-expected first year in the wild, here's a look back at four CIO.com stories spotlighting seven enterprises migrating to Windows 7.
Windows 7 Early Adopters Say Virtualization Key to Rollouts (June 11, 2010)
Early Windows 7 adopters Expedia and Continental Airlines share rollout lessons learned. Here's a look at their secrets to smooth deployment, starting with smart use of virtualization.
BMW Calls Windows 7 Rollout Smooth Driving So Far (Jan. 6, 2010)
German car giant BMW is racing to the next phase of its company-wide Windows 7 migration faster than expected, having won over internal skeptics. Here's a look inside their rollout to date.
Windows 7 Launch: Early Adopters Eager to Bid Farewell to XP (Oct. 23, 2009)
At the Windows 7 launch in New York, Windows 7 migraters Holland America, Del Monte Foods and Starwood Hotels discussed cost savings, testing strategies, and security hopes and fears with CIO.com. One consensus: Windows XP is on life support.
Windows 7: Why I'm Rolling It Out Early (May 18, 2009)
While many IT organizations say they're in no rush to roll out Windows 7, the City of Miami, already a Vista shop, won't wait. Here's a look at the IT plan and reasoning.
Shane O'Neill covers Microsoft, Windows, Operating Systems, Productivity Apps and Online Services for CIO.com. Follow Shane on Twitter @smoneill. Follow everything from CIO.com on Twitter @CIOonline. Email Shane at email@example.com.
This story, "Happy Birthday Windows 7: Inside 7 Big Enterprise Rollouts" was originally published by CIO.