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Windows 7 Selling Well After Launch, Bigger Market Share Than OS X

Windows 7 Selling Well After Launch, Bigger Market Share Than OS X

Windows 7 has been on the market for over a full quarter now, so it's about time for a check on how the OS is doing. According to figures from Net Applications, the system looks to be doing quite well. So well, in fact, that the growth rate is making Vista's old launch growth rate look mighty bad in comparison.

A peek at the worldwide OS market share from December 2009 shows that Windows as a whole is around 92%. Really though, that's not the story. Windows has had over 90% of the overall operating system share for many, many years, but it's the rapid increase of Windows 7 users that is really of interest. If you look at the first small window of time after launch, you'll see that Win7 is skyrocketing up the charts, whereas Vista's was more of a slow climb. A few factors are involved. For one, Windows 7 was launched just before the holiday buying season began, which surely helped convince people to upgrade who may have otherwise waited. Also, Vista had a rather sour reputation, whereas Windows 7 was seen as the "Vista that should have been." There's no better way to get people to upgrade than to give them a product that's significantly better than the prior version.



When looking specifically at one month after launch, Vista had just 0.93% of the overall market share. Windows 7 had 4%. After two months, Vista was at 2.04%. Windows 7 got up to 5.71%. Clearly, Win7 had a great draw at launch, and now the OS alone has more market share than all versions of Mac OS X combined. Not too shabby, huh?
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Windows 7 is a great OS. Its stability and functionality are both big improvements from vista. I did like vista after Microsoft worked out some of the bugs and Windows 7 is just proof they took vista and polished it up really nice. Now I hope Microsoft will hold off on Windows 8 for a few years so Windows 7 will flourish like XP did after Windows 2000.

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What's sad is that even in December 2009, Vista only had a fraction of the marketshare XP did. Windows 7 wasn't a remarkable OS, it was just much better than Vista.

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The source appears to be a Microsoft sponsored astroturfing, designed to get stock sales before they report more bad quarterly profits on January 28th. Otherwise...

Why the jab at Mac? According to the data from the source of the article, Mac has increased market share by 0.56% in the last year while total Windows share has dropped 1.53% (Symbian, Linux, and others picking up the other 0.97%).

Since pretty much every new PC is selling with Win7 and there were a good 20% worth of Vista users dying to upgrade, I'm actually surprised its numbers are still so low.

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I have been using windows 7 since beta trials started and bygod it has given me a whole new respect for microsoft and yes vista was a POS from the get go.

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Good catch 3vi1, I missed that.

If Apple would drop the price on their systems a tad, they would be so much more competitive. Microsoft has that advantage that all low-end, budget and extreme gaming systems comes with Windows. I don't know why apple hasn't tried to invade these markets as yet, and the tablet won't help in this regard either.

And why are there people still running Windows ME?

I'm currently installing Windows Vista Service Pack 2...if I'm not back in two hours, assume the worst.

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I never ran ME ever. Windows 7 is a great version of windows. When percentages are lower than 1 percent I guess no one pays it much notice. Just as Windows loosing 1.5% really has no market affect either, especially when they are the market basically (I am only talking OS market here).

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I had to try to help a friend fix their computer in college and they had Windows ME (an english major), that really has been the only OS I've used that has made me so frustrated that I gave up on fixing it.

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/agree. I recall using WinME for about a week and then jumping back to Win98SE. If you actually used any of ME's very few "new" features, it would slow the average PC down to molasses speed.

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Win-Me was a punishment from Microsoft for breathing. But Vista was a steaming, smelly, pile of an OS until the first service pack came out, and it never did attain the file/disk performance that Windows 7 enjoys. Anyone who owned Vista should have been upgraded to the corresponding version of Windows 7 for free because we were cheated when we bought Vista.

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