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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 amanojaku on 11/11/2009 2:49:59 PM , Rating: -1
Clearly, you and I don't know what we're talking about. This list of improvements is piddly!

As for core features I think these four are enough to warrant an upgrade to 7:

1) Support for up to 256 logical processors (no, I don't have that many, but MS has admitted that XP only used 2, and Vista "only" uses 64, and it doesn't recognize multi-core correctly)
2) Fewer hardware locks and greater parallelism
3) Timer coalescing
4) User-Mode Scheduling

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.

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