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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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Early adopter and not regretting it this time...
By Golgatha on 11/11/2009 2:14:16 PM , Rating: 2
I replaced Vista 64bit with Win 7 64bit on my HTPC and Desktop. I liked it so much I bought a newer laptop with it pre-installed and plan to upgrade it to Win7 Pro as well (comes with 64bit Home Premium).

Microsoft did well with their compatibility checking tools, multiple compatibility modes, and Windows XP Mode for backwards compatibility. So far all my old hardware (except the Pentium 4 M, 6-7 year old laptop) works with Win7 (and the laptop only had a couple of missing devices...bah, I just wanted a new laptop) and everything runs much better than it did under Vista. Overall very happy with the upgrades.




By RjBass on 11/11/2009 2:22:31 PM , Rating: 2
Same here. I upgraded an older Gateway laptop with a single core Turion 64 CPU. Everything works except for the sound, but a $12 USB plugin sound card from Newegg took care of that issue. The laptop actually can't really be used as a laptop anymore as one of the monitor hinges broke. So we just keep it on the kitchen counter and don't move it around much. So the USB sound card really doesn't get in the way or bother us much. And the older laptop loves 7. It boots faster and is more responsive then it was with XP.


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