It seems that despite the hype around the completely revamped upcoming Windows 8 operating system, the sales of Windows 7 is still going strong for Microsoft Corporation.
Microsoft reported a more than expected set of earnings for the first quarter of 2012, generating an impressive US $17.41 billion in revenues and a net profit of US $5.11 billion (US $0.60 per share). It is the Windows 7 operating system sales that is partly responsible for this increase in revenues. Even though Windows 7 is starting to near the end of its life cycle, sales for it rose to US $4.62 billion, which is an increase of 4% from last year. Windows 7 is the fastest selling operating system of all time and is currently installed in around 40% of computer systems.
If we look into the reasons for this boost in Windows 7 sales, we will observe that there is an 8% increase in business sales when compared to the same time last year while consumer sales remained flat. The increase in business sales can be attributed to the recent decision of Microsoft to end the mainstream support for Windows Vista on 9 April and for Windows XP from year 2014.
Microsoft has not announced a target date yet for the release of Windows 8, but most analysts believe it will go on sale in September or October this year.