October 22, 2010, 4:08 PM — 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.
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