Windows 7 Now On A Majority Of Worldwide PCs

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Ready for Windows 8? What about being ready for Windows 7? As it turns out, the general PC world is just now coming to terms with Microsoft's latest operating system... just in time for another version to come out. We've known for some time now that Windows XP has a strangle-hold on market share, but it's getting to the point where even the last of the hold-outs are coming to grips with "progress." Based on the newest StatCounter figures, Windows 7 is finally on the majority of PCs for the very first time. Years after arriving on store shelves, that magical 51% mark was finally broken. Interestingly, that figure should dip as soon as Windows 8 comes out, and then a new march begins to getting the majority of Windows users onto yet another "newest platform." We have to wonder, however, if tablets will be taken into account on that one.

Based on the stats, Windows 7 hit 50.2% of the OS market for the month of June, while WinXP hit 29.9%. Of note, these figures include iOS, Windows Vista, OS X and "others," likely Linux.

So, here's a question: are you on the newest edition?
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CDeeter replied on Tue, Jul 3 2012 7:23 AM

Nope, no need for me to change. I'll be sticking with 7 for a while.

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hood6558 replied on Tue, Jul 3 2012 11:33 AM

I just recently made it to Win7 after using XP since 2001, and it looks like I'll use 7 for a long time, since 8 seems to be geared towards tablet PCs. I tried Windows 8 Consumer Preview, hated the Metro interface and convoluted navigation to settings. Re-formatted my HDD the next day and went back to Win7.

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rapid1 replied on Tue, Jul 3 2012 10:05 PM

Personally I am thinking 7 will be XP V2 and around for a while. I could very well be wrong as multiplatform across the board is becoming the norm and mobile touch interface OS's working across multiple units for a user might speed it up. I just don't need anything else right now and I also do not like 8's desktop at all!

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mhenriday replied on Wed, Jul 4 2012 10:34 AM

From what I can see, the main reason why it has taken so long for Win7 to reach a 50 % adoption rate worldwide is the fact that in China, where many older computers are in use in computer cafes, nearly 70 % of the visits to StatCounter's network of 3 million websites are from computers using Win XP, while only 27 % are from computers running Win7 (


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