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Windows 7 overtakes Vista

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By Nicole Kobie

Posted on 2 Aug 2010 at 10:21

Windows 7 is already being used on more computers than Vista, only ten months after it was released by Microsoft.

Microsoft’s latest operating system now holds 14.46% of global market share, with Vista on 14.34%, according to statistics from Net Applications.

Windows XP is still the leading operating system by far, with double the share of Vista and 7 combined

While XP’s share is sliding more quickly than Vista’s, it has further to fall. The nine-year-old OS still commands 61.87%, while Vista never topped a fifth of the market.

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TechMarketView analyst Philip Carnelly said Windows 7's progress was faster than expected. "I am surprised it's happening so quickly, I must say," he told PC Pro.

"After this, it's going to be a much slower burn... a lot of people are still happy with XP," he said. Carnelly noted that the consumer market is moving over more quickly to 7, but many governments and businesses are sticking with the ageing OS. "There is still a lot of life in XP," he said. "Vista is very much history now."

Apple’s Mac OS X stayed flat at about 5% and Linux is keeping about 1% of the market, while iOS – Apple’s system for the iPhone and iPad – hit a record 0.7%.

Browser wars

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer also had a good month, with Internet Explorer adding 0.42% to 60.74% of the global market. Rival Firefox dropped 0.9% to 22.91% while Google’s Chrome slipped 0.08% to 7.16%.

"Most interesting is the fact that Internet Explorer 8 continues to be the fastest growing browser with a 0.98% increase worldwide in July – and now represents more than 30% of browser usage worldwide," crowed Ryan Gavin, senior director for IE business and marketing, in a post on the Windows blog.

IE wasn’t the only browser to gain users, as Apple’s Safari jumped from 4.85% to 5.09%, following an update to Safari 5 last month.

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User comments

MikePG

So it's true, W7 is faster!

By mikepgood on 2 Aug 2010

Utterly meaningless statistics

Although an interesting set of figures, these are ultimately useless as they relate to website visits rather than device usage. Thus in the time Microsoft has sold 180Million windows 7 licences, Apple have sold approx 80Million iOS devices -yet win7 has ~15% "market share" to Apples 0.7%.
So you can't actually tell if any of the "facts" presented in this article are correct.
Lies, damn lies, and PCPro's inability to interpret raw data!

By milliganp on 2 Aug 2010

Vista vs XP drop

So XP is falling quicker than Vista?

- Vista has dropped from 19% to 14% (about 25% of its original figure).

- XP has dropped from 71% to 62% (about 12% of its original figure).

Although yes, XP has lost more in absolute figures, and yes, has further to drop, Vista is losing its remaining share about twice as fast as XP - surely that is the headline in any comparison between XP and Vista?

By halsteadk on 2 Aug 2010

And the rest?

Statistics are always meaningless :o)

What I'd like to see is Linux & Mac on that graph (it probably exists somewhere) and even Win95!

And as for "server" OS - we're still running Windows 2000 at some customer sites...


And as for web browsers - I doubt that the recent "choose your browser" that came along in the MS updates really made any difference - I have a hard time convincing people why they'd want to download another web browser when IE "works fine" (to them).

Anyway, it doesn't matter - we'll all be using Android soon ;o)

By Sercul on 5 Aug 2010

Correction

Maybe I should have clarified...

Statistics are meaningless 92.4% of the time

(Yes, I know - I just couldn't resist)

By Sercul on 5 Aug 2010

Bent Numbers?

There are 100M iOS devices about at 0.7%

On that basis 71% for XP would be 10 Billion XP devices which is roughly 1.5 for every person on the planet? Errr NO.

On the other hand, Linux is in pretty much every router that most of those XP, Vista, 7, MacOS, ... devices are connected to.

And what about Symbian.

Now if
""Most interesting is the fact that Internet Explorer 8 continues to be the fastest growing browser with a 0.98% increase worldwide in July – and now represents more than 30% of browser usage worldwide," crowed Ryan Gavin, senior director for IE business and marketing, in a post on the Windows blog."

But

"IE wasn’t the only browser to gain users, as Apple’s Safari jumped from 4.85% to 5.09%, following an update to Safari 5 last month."

That gives Safari a 4.9% which is a faster growth rate that IE8s. Using your own numbers!

By alexbowden2 on 5 Aug 2010

Surprised??

Many corporate customers have been putting off a move from XP to Vista because of the bad publicity and they knew 7 was in the offing. Now it is here and they can see how it performs on the hardware they have they are either biting the bullet and buying new hardware or upgrading their base to support it. Vista's user statisitics were always skewed by the "downgrade" packages still being offered long after XP was officially dead. How many Vista sales promptly dissapeared immediately the PC arrived at the IT office.
Given the financial constraints in the marketplace XP, server 2000(3) and Exch2003 have a long life ahead.

By MIssingLink on 5 Aug 2010

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