Microsoft released Windows 7 in October 2009. The software giant marketed the platform as the natural successor to Windows Vista. In fact, Windows 7 utilized much of the underlying code and technology from Windows Vista. The most obvious improvements came in the form of faster boot times, a new user interface, and the addition of Internet Explorer 8.
Windows 7 was available in a several different configurations to meet a variety of market demands. For their personal machines, individual users could choose between Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate. Microsoft also released Windows 7 Enterprise Edition for businesses.
In contrast to its much-derided Vista predecessor, Windows 7 proved itself very popular right out of the gate. Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc blogged that over 240 million Windows 7 licenses were sold in the first year alone. At the time, this made Windows 7 the fastest selling operating system in history.
At its adoption peak in 2013, Windows 7 accounted for over 60% of all Windows-based desktop operating systems. At that time, Windows machine accounted for roughly 90% of all desktop-based operating systems worldwide.
While many people certainly loved Windows 7 (and many still do), its days were numbered from the outset. Although it was a clear improvement over Windows Vista, 7 still had its faults. Following feedback, Microsoft made several changes and shortly thereafter released a new version called Windows 8, and Windows 10 would be released a few years after that. In an effort to drive adoption, Microsoft even offered Windows 10 as a free upgrade to many Windows 7 users. This effort proved successful, and by early 2018 Windows 10 had taken its place as the dominant desktop operating system.
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