Happy Birthday Windows 7: Inside 7 Big Enterprise Rollouts

Look at you Windows 7! One year old and making everybody forget Vista was ever born.

By , CIO |  Windows, Windows 7

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.

A PC sales slowdown is also in the forecast for the second half of 2010. And then there are tablet PCs, an emerging segment where the iPad rules and Microsoft still has no presence with Windows 7.

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.

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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.


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