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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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Sad but honest
By sebmel on 11/11/2009 2:15:19 PM , Rating: -1
Microsoft's partner group manager, Simon Aldous has revealed that Windows 7 was inspired by Mac OS X.

In an interview with PCR, which offers trade information for the home and business computing sector, Aldous said Microsoft had "tried to listen to what customers want in terms of a much slicker user interface and the ability to engage with it far more intuitively."

"One of the things that people say an awful lot about the Apple Mac is that the OS is fantastic, that it’s very graphical and easy to use. What we’ve tried to do with Windows 7 – whether it’s traditional format or in a touch format – is create a Mac look and feel in terms of graphics," Aldous told PCR.




RE: Sad but honest
By RjBass on 11/11/2009 2:24:10 PM , Rating: 2
Well that's nothing new. People have been claiming that Microsoft has stolen all of it's best ideas from Apple since the beginning. I don't know if it's true or not, but I also don't really care. If it works, then so be it.


RE: Sad but honest
By amanojaku on 11/11/2009 2:38:27 PM , Rating: 5
It's nonsensical to say MS stole the user experience from Apple. The first GUI was found Xerox's Star, so by that logic Apple "stole" first. It's common for companies to use each others' ideas, as long as patent laws are observed.

Anyway, if the GUI was so damn important we would all be using Macs and MS would be the "trendy" OS. And it's not like Apple hasn't borrowed other companies' ideas.


RE: Sad but honest
By Mitch101 on 11/11/2009 3:09:16 PM , Rating: 2
Good artists copy, great artists steal
~Picasso


RE: Sad but honest
By Reclaimer77 on 11/11/2009 2:44:57 PM , Rating: 4
Windows has been "graphical" and "easy to use" since like.. I donno, Windows 98 ?? Double clicking on icons and pulling down menu's isn't hard stuff.

Aside from the glass/Aero stuff, the Windows 7 GUI is basically the same as it's always been. Start Button, task bar on bottom and quicklaunch bar. Some apps now have the "ribbon" menu etc etc. But I don't see how this has mimicked the Mac OS or that it's all that different then it's ever been.


RE: Sad but honest
By Motoman on 11/11/2009 3:42:53 PM , Rating: 5
People believe the Mac is easier to use because the TV tells them so.

Period.

Repeat something enough times in front of an audience and they will believe it - whether or not it has any merit is of no import.


RE: Sad but honest
By jonmcc33 on 11/11/2009 5:04:29 PM , Rating: 2
Taken from appleinsider.com word for word: http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/09/11/11/micr...

The actual interview here: http://www.pcr-online.biz/features/328/Microsofts-...

Nice twist on words, AppleInsider!

Anyway, Simon Aldous is nothing more than the distribution chief for Microsoft UK: http://www.channelweb.co.uk/crn/news/2167515/aldou...

He had nothing to do with the development of Windows 7.

Some salesman at Microsoft mentions Mac OS X in an interview and the Apple crowd goes banannas!


RE: Sad but honest
By sebmel on 11/11/2009 7:55:49 PM , Rating: 2
So the fanboi's are out again hiding away perfectly reasonable comments.

"Nice twist on words, AppleInsider!"

Well, no, actually... more like a direct quote:

"One of the things that people say an awful lot about the Apple Mac is that the OS is fantastic, that it’s very graphical and easy to use. What we’ve tried to do with Windows 7 – whether it’s traditional format or in a touch format – is create a Mac look and feel in terms of graphics."

from: PCR talks to Microsoft's partner group manager, Simon Aldous


"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007

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