In that time frame, it’s been purchased and used by hundreds of millions of people and powered computers numbering in the billions.
It’s also brought in billions in revenue for Microsoft — in fact, Microsoft would nab pretty high spot on the Fortune 500 with Windows alone.
We’ve rounded up the best numbers and comparisons for getting an idea of just how big Windows really is. Here’s just a sampling:
- According to the latest usage data, there are roughly 1.36 billion active Windows users today. That’s nearly one and a half times as many people as in all of North and South America combined.
- Windows 95 was a smash hit upon release, selling 40 million copies in its first year. Windows 8 sold 100 million licenses in half the time.
- A 1% drop in usage share for Windows means Microsoft losing more active users than there are residents in the state of Illinois.