We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
 
74,953 News Articles

Windows 7 breaks retail records

Pre-orders reach new heights

Uk retailers have reported huge pre-order sales for Microsoft's new operating system, Windows 7, with the product becoming Amazon's biggest-grossing pre-order product. PC World-owner DSGi, meanwhile, has revealed that the OS has massively outstripped early sales of Windows Vista.

According to Amazon, Windows 7 has overtaken the Nintendo Wii and  'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' as the most pre-ordered item on its website.

Amazon said in the last three months, only 'The Lost Symbol' - the highly anticipated novel by Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code - has out-sold Windows 7 when it comes to pre-orders.

"The launch of Windows 7 has superseded everyone's expectations, storming ahead of  'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' as the biggest-grossing pre-order product of all-time at Amazon.co.uk, and demand is still going strong," said Brian McBride, managing director of Amazon.

Amazon also revealed that when Windows 7 was first made available for pre-order in July this year, it sold more copies in the first eight hours of its release than Windows Vista managed in its entire pre-order period.

At DSGi, meanwhile, the retailer sold more copies of Windows 7 during the three weeks it was available on pre-order than it sold of Windows Vista for the first year the older OS was available.

Laptop buying advice

See all laptop reviews

See also: Windows 7 deliveries arrive


IDG UK Sites

Amazon 3D smartphone release date, price and spec: The hologram phone?

IDG UK Sites

iPhone 5s review: why the iPhone 5s is still the best phone you can buy in 2014

IDG UK Sites

Passwords don't work: here's four ways to fix them

IDG UK Sites

The art of rebranding: Creative agency The Neighbourhood explains how & why it rebranded