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Windows 7 is the fastest selling operating system in history and just passed Windows Vista to become the second most used operating system in the world.  (Source: Janco Associates)
Operating system is continuing to post incredible sales numbers for Microsoft, thanks to great features

Windows 7 is perhaps Microsoft's best operating system out the gate.  Its relative lack of traditional compatibility issues and slick features come thanks to a disciplined program of public beta testing and stricter hardware partner requirements.  Amazingly few people have much bad to say about Windows 7.  Even rival Apple has been forced to turn down the rhetoric andembrace Windows 7 on Boot Camp.

The operating system is already the key factor driving Microsoft profits over the last two quarters, and the fastest selling operating system in history.  Now it has reached a very impressive mark.  Windows 7 has passed Windows Vista after only 7 months.

Denver-based technology research firm Janco Partners, Inc. reports that Windows 7 has achieved a 14.8 percent share of the international computer market.  To contrast that, consider this -- Windows Vista 
never passed its predecessor, Windows XP.

Growing at over twice the speed of Windows Vista in its early months, Windows 7 seems destine to pass Windows XP, an operating system which, after a couple of Service Packs became one of Microsoft's most popular operating systems of all time.

Janco CEO Victor Janulaitis comments, "There are now more users of Windows 7 than Vista. That is a major factor in their improved record earnings. The last OS that was accepted as quickly in the market was XP.  Vista's market share has peaked, and is in the process of being decommissioned in most enterprises."

If there was one rain cloud marring Microsoft's rainbow fantasy-come-true, it's the topic of browser market share.  Janco says that between Jan. 2005 and April 2010, Internet Explorer dropped from 90.61 to 67.73 percent in global market share.  

Mozilla's Firefox and Google's Chrome have been the biggest emerging threats to Microsoft's browser dominance.  The European Union's decision to force Microsoft to let users choose their browser upon installation of Windows 7 reportedly has hurt the company's market share further, sending it to the lowest levels since 1998.



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Its Still Vista!
By Redwin on 5/3/2010 3:30:02 PM , Rating: 5
I mean.. I really like Win7, I think its the best windows yet, without any doubt... but honestly, I was using Vista since it came out, and while it did have tons of problems at first release, Vista after SP2 worked pretty much just as well as Win 7 does now. There are some nifty new features, and support has vastly improved (though it could be argued that's more a function of the extra time for vendors to mature drivers, rather than anything MS did)

I guess my point (if I have one) is that I find it funny how people who never tried Vista (at least not after SP2) but "heard bad stuff" always stand ready to say how awesome Win7 is, and how much better than Vista it is, and that this attitude is backed up by adoption rates.

Win7 is essentially Windows Vista - Rebranded Edition




RE: Its Still Vista!
By webdawg77 on 5/3/2010 3:44:56 PM , Rating: 2
You mean Windows 7 is Windows Vista - Second Edition


RE: Its Still Vista!
By Mitch101 on 5/3/2010 3:52:30 PM , Rating: 5
And Snow Leopard is just OSX Cheetah Version 7.


RE: Its Still Vista!
By webdawg77 on 5/3/2010 3:57:21 PM , Rating: 3
LOL perhaps. But Windows 7 really is ... Windows 6.1 ;)


RE: Its Still Vista!
By Mitch101 on 5/3/2010 4:02:15 PM , Rating: 2
Everyone likes to bring this up but no its not. They did that for backwards compatibility.

http://www.withinwindows.com/2009/04/21/rumor-smas...


RE: Its Still Vista!
By webdawg77 on 5/3/2010 4:07:33 PM , Rating: 2
So if you follow that to its conclusion ...

Windows 2000 (5)
Windows XP (5.1 but really 6)
Windows Vista (6 but really 7??)
Windows 7 (6.1 but really 8??)

I'm not trying to talk badly about either version of Windows. Running Vista 64 Ultimate for HTPC and 7 64 Pro for main box at home (along with test 7 32/64 boxes at work besides main XP box).


RE: Its Still Vista!
By Jeffk464 on 5/3/2010 4:45:00 PM , Rating: 5
Windows 2000 had a great deal of awesomeness. Going from vista to win 7 was pretty unexciting but going from win98 to win2000 made me a very happy camper.


RE: Its Still Vista!
By Mitch101 on 5/3/2010 4:49:31 PM , Rating: 3
All depends on if you consider Server, R2 releases, X-box, Mobile, Sync, Warp (Technically Microsoft wrote it), and Bob as being versions too. Have to defiantly count Bob.

What really matters is that it works, is easy to use, and darn if Windows 7 wasn't the best install experience ever for a Windows OS. For the first time ever I didn't have to search for drivers on Install. Vista did work for me too but the Vendors are the ones that borked that up. Video drivers were a major reason that OS got a bad rap along with assuming end users could understand security. Still I haven't seen a BSD since the early days of XP yet some run around talking like it still exists. Must be some lonely people out there looking for attention.


RE: Its Still Vista!
By retrospooty on 5/3/2010 6:11:41 PM , Rating: 2
"What really matters is that it works, is easy to use"

Exactly - who cares what the real version is... The one with the market release version of Windows 7 is really good. Not just acceptable, but a pleasure to use.


RE: Its Still Vista!
By dgingeri on 5/3/2010 8:09:59 PM , Rating: 1
I'd have to disagree. they did not have enough time to totally rewrite the kernel, thus it is merely a X.1 release with the same base code, just with a bunch of modifications.

They can say it is all new all they want, I know the truth. We all know the truth.


RE: Its Still Vista!
By wolrah on 5/4/2010 10:59:43 AM , Rating: 3
Kernel version vs. operating system version.

By your logic, nothing significant has changed in the Linux world since 2003, because the kernel's still on version 2.6. Damn those Ubuntu liars, 4.10 through 10.04 are all really version 2.6!

Seriously though, 7 is to Vista as XP is to 2000. The underlying kernel hasn't changed significantly, but the user experience is much more polished (and this time not as round and colorful as a fisher price toy) at almost all levels.


RE: Its Still Vista!
By bupkus on 5/4/2010 10:05:23 AM , Rating: 2
LOL perhaps. But Windows 7 really is ... Windows Who the F*** Cares 1.0 ;)


RE: Its Still Vista!
By Sazabi19 on 5/3/2010 3:50:47 PM , Rating: 2
I have to agree. I had Vista Ultimate 64 and in the beginning i have to admit that i bounced back and forth between it and my XP Pro x64. They both had their issues but my XP was more stable and had a better array of drivers. I would go back and see if there were updates to Vista and i would use it for general computer stuff. Before i got my sound card i used it for DX10 on my games, but my sound card i got didnt have Vista Drivers yet. Now it's pretty hard to find anything that doesnt support Vista still (32 or 64 bit). After SP1 things looked up for Vista and it was quite a bit better and more companies wrote drivers for it, honestly alot of the problems (that i faced at least) weren't due to vista, it was the manufacturers that failed to write drivers. Other than Vista being a resource hog (which yes it was) it wasn't that bad, especially after SP2. They did a good job listening to people and fixing stuff, IMO at least. And for those who say anything about the UAC... just turn it off. I turned mine off and i was fine, that was no reason to complain. I now use Win 7 Ultimate 64 and i do like it alot, not had any real problems with it, i think its due to the manufacturers actually writing drives for it and the fantastic job MS did for doing a public beta, that is a hugely successful idea that i think we will start seeing alot more of in the future.


RE: Its Still Vista!
By Mitch101 on 5/3/2010 3:59:03 PM , Rating: 5
I blame the vendors for Vista. The OS was fine its that a lot of vendors saw it as an opportunity to make excuses and try and force you to buy a new video capture card, printer, or scanner. I could blame Microsoft for releasing the OS with such scarce driver support but Vista beta's were available for a long time.

I completely ignore certain vendors now because they didn't offer Vista drivers for my hardware.


RE: Its Still Vista!
By brshoemak on 5/3/2010 8:58:51 PM , Rating: 2
I assume Creative is one of those you ignore.


RE: Its Still Vista!
By NesuD on 5/3/2010 9:19:53 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I assume Creative is one of those you ignore.


LOL!! I ignore Creative just on general principle myself.


RE: Its Still Vista!
By ET on 5/4/2010 3:38:04 AM , Rating: 3
Agreed. I had a tough time at the beginning just getting used to the differences between XP and Vista. And then there were the compatibility problems. But once these were solved to a large extent and I found out how to work well with Vista I couldn't go back. I find it harder to work on PC's with XP, because I was missing stuff in Vista. I don't have that problem with 7. I use 7 at work and on my wife's PC, and the improvements over Vista are minor enough for me that I've not yet upgraded from Vista on my own PC (which, granted, has enough RAM to satisfy Vista). That said, I still think that Vista x86 is crappy. From my experience, x64 performs considerably better.

I think that Windows 7 succeeded mainly because it's a point release. All the compatibility problems with Vista have been ironed out some time ago, and its core became more stable.


RE: Its Still Vista!
By Flunk on 5/3/2010 3:58:52 PM , Rating: 3
Don't neglect the fact that at this point XP is looking very dated. A lot of companies are jumping ship just because XP is nearly 10 years old at this point.


RE: Its Still Vista!
By RjBass on 5/3/2010 9:55:52 PM , Rating: 3
Agreed, I had a customer today wanting to purchase a new computer with the latest technology in it but with XP as the OS. I asked her why she would want a brand new computer with the latest technology but then have nearly a 10 year old operating system installed in it. I told her it would work, but that it would work better with Windows 7. Once she realized that XP was nearing 10 years old she changed her mind.


RE: Its Still Vista!
By quiksilvr on 5/3/2010 11:49:15 PM , Rating: 2
If it's for a desktop or a mid to high end notebook, then I would agree and get Windows 7. However, if I was going to be using a low powered notebook or netbook, my priority would be to boost battery life as much as possible and get Windows XP.


RE: Its Still Vista!
By webdawg77 on 5/3/2010 4:33:04 PM , Rating: 2
LOL I try to be funny and look what happens. Maybe I should add the sarcasm tag to everything.

Come on people ...

Windows 98 SE ... Windows Vista SE ... get it :)


RE: Its Still Vista!
By Drag0nFire on 5/3/2010 4:57:05 PM , Rating: 2
Lol, were you featured on the Windows Mojave commercials?

More seriously, though, Win7 has brought a degree of stability that Vista didn't (and still doesn't) have. And it's faster.


RE: Its Still Vista!
By Quadrillity on 5/3/2010 5:41:13 PM , Rating: 2
I will have to agree with that. The internals and externals of the operating system may be very similar to Vista, but one key fact is this: Windows 7 installs, and runs faster/better than anything before it.

If you don't believe it, just install Vista SP2 on a machine, then turn around and install 7 on the same one(clean install). You will notice a big difference.


RE: Its Still Vista!
By dgingeri on 5/3/10, Rating: -1
RE: Its Still Vista!
By Quadrillity on 5/4/2010 1:05:22 PM , Rating: 2
I'm glad you don't work on my machines...


RE: Its Still Vista!
By MadMan007 on 5/3/2010 7:08:01 PM , Rating: 2
Agree, but Vista became great post-SP1, no just post-SP2.


XP still works fine for me
By sapiens74 on 5/3/2010 4:13:16 PM , Rating: 1
MS has a nice little OS there but I'll hold off till Windows 8 maybe for an upgrade.




RE: XP still works fine for me
By iFX on 5/3/2010 4:16:31 PM , Rating: 2
You could be waiting a while. Look at how long XP has hung around. Windows 7 is selling well and until that stops MS won't be mentioning much about its next OS.

I hope you're up for 8-10 more years of using XP.


RE: XP still works fine for me
By sapiens74 on 5/3/10, Rating: 0
RE: XP still works fine for me
By iFX on 5/3/2010 4:32:28 PM , Rating: 4
It runs great on my netbook. Go figure.

Asus 1201N.


RE: XP still works fine for me
By Belard on 5/3/2010 5:44:13 PM , Rating: 2
Er... no.

MS won't be doing another XP situation again. It stagnates the market... causes business and people to get TOO used to the OS. Look at Win9x which lastest 6 years, it took another 3 years before Win98 support died.

But XP is STILL for sale... 9 years later (late 2001) and will be supported by MS (downloadable patches) until 2014.

So Microsoft will be releasing a major OS (name) version such as Win8 every 3 years or so. This will keep developers on their toes and not fight new OSes releases.


RE: XP still works fine for me
By iFX on 5/3/2010 6:22:11 PM , Rating: 2
MS doesn't know what they're plans are half the time so forgive me if I don't take your word for it.

What MS has demonstrated throughout the years is that if something sells well they will keep it on sale until it tapers off. XP wouldn't still be for sale unless people WANTED to buy it. :)


RE: XP still works fine for me
By Belard on 5/4/2010 1:52:30 AM , Rating: 2
I somewhat err on my post.

I meant to say "MS wont don't that again... maybe".

So yes I agree with you, MS doesn't know what its doing half the time.

XP still has value because specialized programs that don't like Win7 and the companies out there that still want/must continue to use it. Look how long CLI operating systems have lastest and still continue.

Business class products from Dell, ThinkPad still have XP downgrade options. But funny... there's no vista downgrade bwahahaahaha!

MS did a great job on their old sidewinder joysticks... still, nothing today is as tough or as well made as the SideWinder Pro. Its gonna suck when mine finally dies.


RE: XP still works fine for me
By RealTheXev on 5/3/2010 11:25:23 PM , Rating: 2
I think visualization will make migration to future OSes much easier, it certainly is a great selling point for Windows 7. The real reason 9x took so long to die was because compatibility mode (held for XP) wasn't finished in time for Windows 2000 (ever wonder why it was called 2000 Pro? Yeah, there was supposed to be a Home too... didn't quiet make it?)

Microsoft's future OSes should be more like Windows 7, so long as they keep up the awesome public beta programs.

*Goes back to praying Pidgin dev's will make it easier to use with new Win7 UI*


XP - die already
By RU482 on 5/3/2010 4:12:24 PM , Rating: 2
As a hardware supplier, I am to a point where I hate XP more than I ever disliked Vista. I hate having to support a legacy OS on new hardware!




RE: XP - die already
By Belard on 5/3/2010 5:40:08 PM , Rating: 3
er... why? Windows XP is still more than 60% of of the PC market.

Vista never surpassed 25% (as I predicted) and it peaked until Win7 came out. I am upgrading clients and friends from XP to Win7.

I like Win7, mostly. Still does some stupid things compared to XP. And it could use some TWEAKS to the OS, not just SP-fixes.

Any hardware that is released to the market WILL work with XP. The user base is very big.


RE: XP - die already
By Iaiken on 5/4/2010 1:13:05 PM , Rating: 2
A friend and I did a little experiment where we swapped the Windows 7 OS drives from an AMD Phenom2 based system and a Core i7 system.

The results?

Both systems booted in, shed the old drivers for hardware that was no longer present, installed the new drivers then rebooted. After the reboot, both systems worked perfectly. Attempts with both vista and XP resulted in the computer choking out after the windows logo screen.

Since then, I upgraded a friends system from Core 2 to Core i7 and the OS accepted the new hardware without a re-install.

Kudos to MS for rebuilding Vista into something much more rugged and user friendly.


Poor Apple...
By iFX on 5/3/2010 4:14:04 PM , Rating: 5
A single MS product has eclipsed their entire brand in a matter of months.




RE: Poor Apple...
By energy1man on 5/4/2010 7:22:37 AM , Rating: 2
Not really a valid comparision. Apple is a seller of hardware & OS, while MS is an OS seller. Say what you will Apple finished the last quarter with nearly 40 billion dollars on hand, so "poor" would be a poor choice of words. Apple is content in their niche, otherwise they would sell their OS to any computer manufacturer. Then you could make such direct comparisions in marketshare. Incidently, I use Vista and Win 7 on all my machines, and cannot recall the last time I have used an Apple.


Article
By chaos7 on 5/3/2010 3:29:35 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
If there was one rain cloud marring Microsoft's rainbow fantasy-come-true, it's the topic of browser market share. Janco says that between Jan. 2005 and April 2010, Internet Explorer dropped from 90.61 to 67.73 percent in global market share.


quote:
Mozilla's Firefox and Google's Chrome have been the biggest emerging threats to Microsoft's browser dominance. The European Union's decision to force Microsoft to let users choose their browser upon installation of Windows 7 reportedly has hurt the company's market share further, sending it to the lowest levels since 1998.


I thought this was an article about Windows 7 and possibly other OSs from the title. Why did you feel the need to start discussing Internet browsers?




RE: Article
By geddarkstorm on 5/3/2010 4:29:33 PM , Rating: 3
Compare and contrast, my friend.


Most Used?
By fic2 on 5/3/2010 5:46:26 PM , Rating: 2
So, if 7 is the 2nd most used what is the most used? You would think the obvious question from the headline would be answered in the body.




RE: Most Used?
By cplusplus on 5/4/2010 2:27:42 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Growing at over twice the speed of Windows Vista in its early months, Windows 7 seems destine to pass Windows XP, an operating system which, after a couple of Service Packs became one of Microsoft's most popular operating systems of all time.


By sapiens74 on 5/4/2010 3:05:01 AM , Rating: 2
ME

Then

XP

Then Vista

Then 7

50 percent chance?




Gamers like Windows 7 best
By Scali on 5/4/2010 4:14:49 AM , Rating: 2
On Steam survey (http://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey), Windows 7 has actually overtaken XP as the OS with the largest share of users last month.
What's even more interesting, about 2/3 of all Windows 7 installations on Steam are the 64-bit edition.




Vista to 7
By akse on 5/5/2010 1:16:15 PM , Rating: 2
I had Vista almost at the Launch.. well the problem was that nvidia didn't wanna support my old motherboard with Vista chipset drivers.

Well I got some new parts in my pc at summer so I was able to install Vista.. and tada I really liked it a lot more than XP that kept going unusable or very slow every 10 months or so.

All in all my Vista experience was great.

When win7 came I installed it to my main computer and gave my 2 vista installs to my friends children to whom I built 2 gaming pc's. They haven't experienced any problems with the Vista.




funny
By 4wardtristan on 5/5/2010 6:20:02 PM , Rating: 2
that on the front page pic for this article, bill is still using xp ;)

or he really loves the default xp background, but i choose the former!




By RMSistight on 5/8/2010 5:19:34 PM , Rating: 2
Haha. My buddy Jeff Simon is in your short track speedskating picture. He's the American skater in front of Song Kyung-Taek of South Korea.




By themaster08 on 5/3/2010 3:21:16 PM , Rating: 5
You're a pile of shit.


By Quadrillity on 5/3/2010 5:45:35 PM , Rating: 1
(said in the voice of Towelie) You're a towel! LoL


By FaceMaster on 5/3/2010 3:22:49 PM , Rating: 4
Stop stating opinions as facts, back up why you think it's a pile of shit, and- oh it's you, don't bother.


By Flunk on 5/3/2010 4:01:07 PM , Rating: 2
It's not a monopoly, you can run several other operating systems on your x86 or AMD64 computer system. Linux, OpenSolaris, DOS, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Darwin, the list keeps on going.


By Flunk on 5/3/2010 4:01:45 PM , Rating: 2
Forgot Reactos, that even runs Win32 programs... sorta.


By TSS on 5/3/2010 6:02:31 PM , Rating: 2
Right because having a monopoly means it sells well.

Like OSX and Apple for instance.


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