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Vista took six months to reach 4% of the market

Microsoft has a lot riding on Windows 7 after Vista was poorly adopted by enterprise users and consumers. Windows 7 so far has been doing much better than Vista and is growing rapidly in marketshare in the computer market.

Early reports showed that retail box sales of Windows 7 were up a whopping 234% compared to sales of Vista over the same time period. A new report has now been published by Net Applications that shows Windows 7 has significantly increased its share of the overall PC market since its launch. As of November 9 Windows 7 has 4% of the OS market.

The adoption rate among users is much higher than the adoption rate of Vista over the same period. Since its launch, Windows 7 has grown 84% in marketshare. It took Vista six months to claim 4% of the OS market when it launched. Net Applications reports that Windows OS' of all flavors own 92.5% of the OS market, a slight decline from 93.06% that it owned in August 2009. Linux owns 0.96% of the OS market with Mac owning 5.27%.

Microsoft is aggressively pushing the new operating system with discounts and promotional offers with retailers like Best Buy. The software giant is also trying to make upgrades from legacy operating systems like XP to Windows 7 easier since there is no direct upgrade path between the two OS'.

Microsoft has maintained that sales of Windows 7 will be largely tied to the sales of PCs moving forward, which have slumped due to the poor economy. The good news for Microsoft is that PC sales are currently growing with a 95% increase in the weeks before and after Windows 7 launched. This is the one spot where Vista holds an edge over Windows 7 – PC sales jumped 170% after Vista launched.

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RE: No surprise, really
By Spivonious on 11/11/2009 2:11:01 PM , Rating: -1
Win7 has the same core as Vista. Virtually nothing has changed "under the hood".

Vista failed because MS failed at marketing it after the horrendous driver support at launch (mainly from Nvidia).

RE: No surprise, really
By mholler on 11/11/2009 2:20:26 PM , Rating: 4
Just because they're based on the same kernel doesn't mean that nothing has changed "under the hood". That's like saying very little changed between Windows 2000 and Windows XP. Win7 is a significant improvement over Vista in many respects.

RE: No surprise, really
By amanojaku on 11/11/09, Rating: -1
RE: No surprise, really
By omnicronx on 11/11/2009 3:05:44 PM , Rating: 2
Thats a pretty high level list, low level changes are not going to make that list.

The other poster is right, equating 7 to Vista is like equating 2000 to XP or say.. OSX10.0 to OSX 10.6(same kernel right)

RE: No surprise, really
By amanojaku on 11/11/2009 5:20:59 PM , Rating: 3
I take it you didn't realize I was being sarcastic by contradicting my earlier post. Hell, XP's improvements over 2000 were pretty considerable, too, and largely unnoticed.

Now compare the list of new features in OS anything. Generally underwhelming, considering the upgrade cost of $30-$130 and the frequency of release (eight years and six updates vs. Windows' eight years and three updates.)

RE: No surprise, really
By mholler on 11/11/2009 3:10:04 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, that is a list of the "new" features. It doesn't mention anything about the improvements to existing features and code. Where do you think the improved speed and lower resource requirements comes from? Those are the "under the hood" changes that are missing from that link.

RE: No surprise, really
By Master Kenobi on 11/11/09, Rating: -1
RE: No surprise, really
By tastyratz on 11/11/2009 3:09:27 PM , Rating: 2
to a point.
Vista was essentially a rushed to market beta pre-release for the same system and labeled as a finished product. I think vista at launch was poor in comparison to now, and windows 7 continues the trend of a product that is more seasoned. There is a lot more to an OS than features, and it just goes to prove that you shouldn't release something until is damn ready.
Astronomical problems were the result of nvidia drivers for vista yes, but that wasn't the only issue. I still hold MS responsible for releasing a product unfit to market. Shame on them for rushing the product, and for not collaborating better with a primary vendor in the first place. Granted Nvidia is an outside company they still hold a majority marketshare for the userbase.

RE: No surprise, really
By lecanard on 11/11/09, Rating: 0
RE: No surprise, really
By Topweasel on 11/13/2009 2:09:23 PM , Rating: 2
They are not even based on the same Kernel. I think people are confused with the development of Windows 7. Development of the Longhorn Kernel started way back in the early 2000's maybe even farther back. When they realized in 2005 that they were not going to hit the late 2006 date they started porting user interface upgrades they had been working with to the Kernel used for Windows 2000 and XP. This became Vista. Windows 7 is a brand new for consumers kernel using all of those upgrades they released with Vista plus natural features and developments you expect with another 3 years to work on it.

RE: No surprise, really
By 3minence on 11/11/09, Rating: 0
RE: No surprise, really
By 3minence on 11/11/09, Rating: -1
RE: No surprise, really
By jonmcc33 on 11/11/2009 4:37:42 PM , Rating: 2
I know dozens of people at the last company that I worked for that begged for Office 2007 because Excel 2007 does not have a 65,000 row limitation like Excel 2003 does.

RE: No surprise, really
By 3minence on 11/11/2009 5:44:46 PM , Rating: 2
The customers I supported, small and medium businesses, didn't need the new features of Office 2008. They got it because it's what came on their new PC/Laptop. However, they, like I, have come to except and use Office 07.

65,000+ rows? That sounds like a huge data set. I dealt with things that big while working on my Oceanography Masters but used Matlab to manipulate it because Excel couldn't.

RE: No surprise, really
By Sazar on 11/13/2009 6:22:25 PM , Rating: 1
Frankly, those customers are idiots and you fail at your job if you cannot at least convince them to use the ribbons for even a week to get over the inertia that new adopters have.

Ribbons are vastly superior and many times more efficient than the old menu based setup.

RE: No surprise, really
By jonmcc33 on 11/11/2009 4:33:08 PM , Rating: 3
Vendors were slow or wanted users to buy new hardware.

Creative Labs anyone? When Vista went RTM my $200 (at the time of purchase) Audigy2 ZS Platinum was reduced to nothing better than onboard sound. Slowly they introduced some of the features back to it and also allowed the Audigy2 ZS to work with ALchemy when it originally was not. It still isn't what it was on Windows XP but I would rather pour salt in my eyes than use Windows XP again or buy another Creative Labs product.

...XP properly patched was still secure.

It still allows any process to run with full local administrator privileges. I do not call that secure by any means.

This is probably more vendors faults than Microsoft's, but they still felt the backlash.

Thanks to nVIDIA!

RE: No surprise, really
By 3minence on 11/11/2009 5:51:25 PM , Rating: 2
Creative Labs anyone?

Funny, that was exactly who I was thinking of.

I seem to have stepped on some people sensibilities with my previous posts. For the record, I used Vista until I upgraded to Win7. It had lots of promise but regardless of what the revisionists like to say, it had some serious issues at birth which, as far as marketing and acceptance, it never recovered from. I'm not saying it was a bad OS, I'm saying it had some issues, deserved or not.

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