struggled under a negative public image during the Vista years.
However, the work it did would help to lay the foundation for Windows
7, perhaps Microsoft's most popular operating system to date.
The new OS, which was released last October, was extremely well
received thanks in part to an unprecedented public test program that
download free trial builds of early versions of the OS and
suggest ways Microsoft could improve it.Now Windows 7 has hit
a market share of 10 percent according
to market research firm Net Applications. To put those
gains in context, Windows Vista did not hit over 10 percent until May
2008 – what took Windows Vista 16 months to achieve, Windows 7
did in a mere 5 months.Currently, Windows Vista has around a
20 percent market share, while the nine-year-old Windows XP holds 60
to 70 percent market share.Despite the emphatic
success of Windows 7, the fastest selling OS in history,
Microsoft is hard at work improving the operating system and its
successors Microsoft is reportedly readying Windows 7 Service Pack 1 for a June 2010 beta release and a
September 2010 final release. The SP1 will bring out of the box
support for USB 3.0, one of the most exciting new computer
to Chris Green, a former Microsoft developer, Microsoft is
already hard at work on the best-selling operating system's
successor, code named Windows 8. The next-gen Windows may be
released on July 2011. He leaked an entire release schedule
which includes the upcoming Office 2010 and its successor Office
2012.Microsoft also had some other good news to report.
In January 2010, Internet Explorer 8 became the world's
most used browser, passing IE 6. IE 8 currently has about a
22.31 percent market share worldwide. Internet Explorer 8's
gains have been partially fueled by Windows 7's success -- IE 8 is
the default browser on the U.S. edition of the OS. IE
8 also has benefited from a recent push by Microsoft to get users
away from IE 6 and IE 7, both of which have a flaw that was exploited
by Chinese hackers to steal corporate data. Microsoft
users to upgrade to the new browser. Amazingly 20.07
percent of users in January still used IE 6 (many of these were
likely business users). Google recently announced that it would
out support for IE 6.Microsoft appears to be firing on
all cylinders. If it can continue its momentum with the release
2010 later this year, it should be in a very favorable
position at the year's end.
quote: The iPhone OS will become even more successful as apps replace web sites and the web browser is phased out.