) may have achieved a new milestone at least two months ahead of
schedule. In an e-mail to the press, Ovum principal analyst
Richard Edwards said that his research "suggests that 70 percent
of business PCs have successfully transitioned to Windows 7."
reported that Microsoft hoped that 70 percent of enterprise PCs
would run Windows 7 by summer 2013. If the company achieved that
number now as Ovum estimates, it would mean that Windows 7 is
selling at an even faster pace than anticipated.
This shouldn't surprise too many investors. Windows 7 has
become one of the fastest-selling operating systems of all time,
600 million licenses
in less than three years.
When Windows 8 was released last fall,
40 million licenses
were sold. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer also said that there will
400 million Windows 8
and Windows Phone 8 devices developed by the end of 2013.
In January, Microsoft announced that
60 million Windows 8 licenses
had been sold.
Now hype is heating up for the next iteration of Windows,
which has been dubbed Windows Blue.
"Windows 8 was about birthing a new model of applications,
essentially a tablet model," IDC analyst Al Hilwa told
The Wall Street Journal
. "Blue is the next milestone in this plan. It brings the phone
and PC platform closer together and makes both more
Mary Jo Foley, "Windows Blue (Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1) are
to Windows 8 the way Mountain Lion (and the other cat releases)
are to Apple's (NASDAQ:
) OS X."
"Whether it's about colors or cats, these are new operating
system releases," Foley wrote.
There are, however, conflicting reports regarding the mobile
inclusion of Windows Blue. While the update is
to come to Windows Phone, it could merge the worlds of desktop
and mobile devices.
"If -- and it's still a lofty if -- there's a shred of
validity to rumors that Microsoft will merge the Windows and
Windows Phone platforms, 'Blue' could end up being a huge deal,"
Adrian Covert wrote this week. "Dissolving the barrier between
mobile and desktop would be nothing short of impressive."
Indeed, an OS that perfectly combined both formats would have
the potential to change the entire PC and smartphone
Louis Bedigian is the Senior Tech Analyst and Features Writer
of Benzinga. You can reach him at 248-636-1322 or
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