One year ago yesterday Microsoft released Windows 7 to the general public during a launch event in New York City

Since then Microsoft has sold 240 million licenses for Windows 7 to make it the fastest growing operating system in history.

The Internet has been full of stories about this one year mark and what it has meant so let me share some of those stories with you here:

In addition to those stories across the web here are some great stats from the Microsoft Press Pass story – Windows 7 Birthday- 240 Million and Counting:

Windows 7 at One Year

People are four times more likely to recommend Windows 7 to a colleague or friend than they were a year ago, and in its first five months, the number of IT professionals recommending Windows 7 surpassed those recommending Windows XP.

In addition, as Windows 7 marks its one-year anniversary, it:

• Has sold more than 240 million licenses worldwide

• Has a customer satisfaction rate of 94%*

• Is on more than 1.2 billion Windows PCs worldwide

• Is on 93 percent of new consumer PCs, as of September

• Has over 17 percent of the global operating system share**

• Has inspired nearly 90 percent of companies to upgrade or start upgrading to the new OS

• On average, can save companies US$140 per PC per year, and a 131 percent return on investment in the first year

* Lifehacker

** Net Applications, October 1, 2010

Absolutely amazing numbers and personally I am not surprised as I have been running Windows 7 on all of our machines and we have not had a hiccup at all on any level.

Congratulations Microsoft on a great product – lets keep the momentum going!