Gates: 40 Million Vista Licenses in First 100 Days

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said today that Microsoft has sold 40 million licenses for its Vista operating system in the first 100 days of release.

According to the company, this makes Vista "the fastest-selling operating system in history."

Gates made the announcement today as part of his keynote speech at the company's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC), being held this week in Los Angeles.

According to Microsoft's official announcement of the milestone, "premium" editions of Vista have accounted for 78 percent of the operating system's sales.

The company previously announced hitting the 20 million sales mark in the first month after release.

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