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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 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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