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Windows 7 is the fastest selling operating system in history and just passed Windows Vista to become the second most used operating system in the world.  (Source: Janco Associates)
Operating system is continuing to post incredible sales numbers for Microsoft, thanks to great features

Windows 7 is perhaps Microsoft's best operating system out the gate.  Its relative lack of traditional compatibility issues and slick features come thanks to a disciplined program of public beta testing and stricter hardware partner requirements.  Amazingly few people have much bad to say about Windows 7.  Even rival Apple has been forced to turn down the rhetoric andembrace Windows 7 on Boot Camp.

The operating system is already the key factor driving Microsoft profits over the last two quarters, and the fastest selling operating system in history.  Now it has reached a very impressive mark.  Windows 7 has passed Windows Vista after only 7 months.

Denver-based technology research firm Janco Partners, Inc. reports that Windows 7 has achieved a 14.8 percent share of the international computer market.  To contrast that, consider this -- Windows Vista 
never passed its predecessor, Windows XP.

Growing at over twice the speed of Windows Vista in its early months, Windows 7 seems destine to pass Windows XP, an operating system which, after a couple of Service Packs became one of Microsoft's most popular operating systems of all time.

Janco CEO Victor Janulaitis comments, "There are now more users of Windows 7 than Vista. That is a major factor in their improved record earnings. The last OS that was accepted as quickly in the market was XP.  Vista's market share has peaked, and is in the process of being decommissioned in most enterprises."

If there was one rain cloud marring Microsoft's rainbow fantasy-come-true, it's the topic of browser market share.  Janco says that between Jan. 2005 and April 2010, Internet Explorer dropped from 90.61 to 67.73 percent in global market share.  

Mozilla's Firefox and Google's Chrome have been the biggest emerging threats to Microsoft's browser dominance.  The European Union's decision to force Microsoft to let users choose their browser upon installation of Windows 7 reportedly has hurt the company's market share further, sending it to the lowest levels since 1998.

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Its Still Vista!
By Redwin on 5/3/2010 3:30:02 PM , Rating: 5
I mean.. I really like Win7, I think its the best windows yet, without any doubt... but honestly, I was using Vista since it came out, and while it did have tons of problems at first release, Vista after SP2 worked pretty much just as well as Win 7 does now. There are some nifty new features, and support has vastly improved (though it could be argued that's more a function of the extra time for vendors to mature drivers, rather than anything MS did)

I guess my point (if I have one) is that I find it funny how people who never tried Vista (at least not after SP2) but "heard bad stuff" always stand ready to say how awesome Win7 is, and how much better than Vista it is, and that this attitude is backed up by adoption rates.

Win7 is essentially Windows Vista - Rebranded Edition

RE: Its Still Vista!
By webdawg77 on 5/3/2010 3:44:56 PM , Rating: 2
You mean Windows 7 is Windows Vista - Second Edition

RE: Its Still Vista!
By Mitch101 on 5/3/2010 3:52:30 PM , Rating: 5
And Snow Leopard is just OSX Cheetah Version 7.

RE: Its Still Vista!
By webdawg77 on 5/3/2010 3:57:21 PM , Rating: 3
LOL perhaps. But Windows 7 really is ... Windows 6.1 ;)

RE: Its Still Vista!
By Mitch101 on 5/3/2010 4:02:15 PM , Rating: 2
Everyone likes to bring this up but no its not. They did that for backwards compatibility.

RE: Its Still Vista!
By webdawg77 on 5/3/2010 4:07:33 PM , Rating: 2
So if you follow that to its conclusion ...

Windows 2000 (5)
Windows XP (5.1 but really 6)
Windows Vista (6 but really 7??)
Windows 7 (6.1 but really 8??)

I'm not trying to talk badly about either version of Windows. Running Vista 64 Ultimate for HTPC and 7 64 Pro for main box at home (along with test 7 32/64 boxes at work besides main XP box).

RE: Its Still Vista!
By Jeffk464 on 5/3/2010 4:45:00 PM , Rating: 5
Windows 2000 had a great deal of awesomeness. Going from vista to win 7 was pretty unexciting but going from win98 to win2000 made me a very happy camper.

RE: Its Still Vista!
By Mitch101 on 5/3/2010 4:49:31 PM , Rating: 3
All depends on if you consider Server, R2 releases, X-box, Mobile, Sync, Warp (Technically Microsoft wrote it), and Bob as being versions too. Have to defiantly count Bob.

What really matters is that it works, is easy to use, and darn if Windows 7 wasn't the best install experience ever for a Windows OS. For the first time ever I didn't have to search for drivers on Install. Vista did work for me too but the Vendors are the ones that borked that up. Video drivers were a major reason that OS got a bad rap along with assuming end users could understand security. Still I haven't seen a BSD since the early days of XP yet some run around talking like it still exists. Must be some lonely people out there looking for attention.

RE: Its Still Vista!
By retrospooty on 5/3/2010 6:11:41 PM , Rating: 2
"What really matters is that it works, is easy to use"

Exactly - who cares what the real version is... The one with the market release version of Windows 7 is really good. Not just acceptable, but a pleasure to use.

RE: Its Still Vista!
By dgingeri on 5/3/2010 8:09:59 PM , Rating: 1
I'd have to disagree. they did not have enough time to totally rewrite the kernel, thus it is merely a X.1 release with the same base code, just with a bunch of modifications.

They can say it is all new all they want, I know the truth. We all know the truth.

RE: Its Still Vista!
By wolrah on 5/4/2010 10:59:43 AM , Rating: 3
Kernel version vs. operating system version.

By your logic, nothing significant has changed in the Linux world since 2003, because the kernel's still on version 2.6. Damn those Ubuntu liars, 4.10 through 10.04 are all really version 2.6!

Seriously though, 7 is to Vista as XP is to 2000. The underlying kernel hasn't changed significantly, but the user experience is much more polished (and this time not as round and colorful as a fisher price toy) at almost all levels.

RE: Its Still Vista!
By bupkus on 5/4/2010 10:05:23 AM , Rating: 2
LOL perhaps. But Windows 7 really is ... Windows Who the F*** Cares 1.0 ;)

RE: Its Still Vista!
By Sazabi19 on 5/3/2010 3:50:47 PM , Rating: 2
I have to agree. I had Vista Ultimate 64 and in the beginning i have to admit that i bounced back and forth between it and my XP Pro x64. They both had their issues but my XP was more stable and had a better array of drivers. I would go back and see if there were updates to Vista and i would use it for general computer stuff. Before i got my sound card i used it for DX10 on my games, but my sound card i got didnt have Vista Drivers yet. Now it's pretty hard to find anything that doesnt support Vista still (32 or 64 bit). After SP1 things looked up for Vista and it was quite a bit better and more companies wrote drivers for it, honestly alot of the problems (that i faced at least) weren't due to vista, it was the manufacturers that failed to write drivers. Other than Vista being a resource hog (which yes it was) it wasn't that bad, especially after SP2. They did a good job listening to people and fixing stuff, IMO at least. And for those who say anything about the UAC... just turn it off. I turned mine off and i was fine, that was no reason to complain. I now use Win 7 Ultimate 64 and i do like it alot, not had any real problems with it, i think its due to the manufacturers actually writing drives for it and the fantastic job MS did for doing a public beta, that is a hugely successful idea that i think we will start seeing alot more of in the future.

RE: Its Still Vista!
By Mitch101 on 5/3/2010 3:59:03 PM , Rating: 5
I blame the vendors for Vista. The OS was fine its that a lot of vendors saw it as an opportunity to make excuses and try and force you to buy a new video capture card, printer, or scanner. I could blame Microsoft for releasing the OS with such scarce driver support but Vista beta's were available for a long time.

I completely ignore certain vendors now because they didn't offer Vista drivers for my hardware.

RE: Its Still Vista!
By brshoemak on 5/3/2010 8:58:51 PM , Rating: 2
I assume Creative is one of those you ignore.

RE: Its Still Vista!
By NesuD on 5/3/2010 9:19:53 PM , Rating: 2
I assume Creative is one of those you ignore.

LOL!! I ignore Creative just on general principle myself.

RE: Its Still Vista!
By ET on 5/4/2010 3:38:04 AM , Rating: 3
Agreed. I had a tough time at the beginning just getting used to the differences between XP and Vista. And then there were the compatibility problems. But once these were solved to a large extent and I found out how to work well with Vista I couldn't go back. I find it harder to work on PC's with XP, because I was missing stuff in Vista. I don't have that problem with 7. I use 7 at work and on my wife's PC, and the improvements over Vista are minor enough for me that I've not yet upgraded from Vista on my own PC (which, granted, has enough RAM to satisfy Vista). That said, I still think that Vista x86 is crappy. From my experience, x64 performs considerably better.

I think that Windows 7 succeeded mainly because it's a point release. All the compatibility problems with Vista have been ironed out some time ago, and its core became more stable.

RE: Its Still Vista!
By Flunk on 5/3/2010 3:58:52 PM , Rating: 3
Don't neglect the fact that at this point XP is looking very dated. A lot of companies are jumping ship just because XP is nearly 10 years old at this point.

RE: Its Still Vista!
By RjBass on 5/3/2010 9:55:52 PM , Rating: 3
Agreed, I had a customer today wanting to purchase a new computer with the latest technology in it but with XP as the OS. I asked her why she would want a brand new computer with the latest technology but then have nearly a 10 year old operating system installed in it. I told her it would work, but that it would work better with Windows 7. Once she realized that XP was nearing 10 years old she changed her mind.

RE: Its Still Vista!
By quiksilvr on 5/3/2010 11:49:15 PM , Rating: 2
If it's for a desktop or a mid to high end notebook, then I would agree and get Windows 7. However, if I was going to be using a low powered notebook or netbook, my priority would be to boost battery life as much as possible and get Windows XP.

RE: Its Still Vista!
By webdawg77 on 5/3/2010 4:33:04 PM , Rating: 2
LOL I try to be funny and look what happens. Maybe I should add the sarcasm tag to everything.

Come on people ...

Windows 98 SE ... Windows Vista SE ... get it :)

RE: Its Still Vista!
By Drag0nFire on 5/3/2010 4:57:05 PM , Rating: 2
Lol, were you featured on the Windows Mojave commercials?

More seriously, though, Win7 has brought a degree of stability that Vista didn't (and still doesn't) have. And it's faster.

RE: Its Still Vista!
By Quadrillity on 5/3/2010 5:41:13 PM , Rating: 2
I will have to agree with that. The internals and externals of the operating system may be very similar to Vista, but one key fact is this: Windows 7 installs, and runs faster/better than anything before it.

If you don't believe it, just install Vista SP2 on a machine, then turn around and install 7 on the same one(clean install). You will notice a big difference.

RE: Its Still Vista!
By dgingeri on 5/3/10, Rating: -1
RE: Its Still Vista!
By Quadrillity on 5/4/2010 1:05:22 PM , Rating: 2
I'm glad you don't work on my machines...

RE: Its Still Vista!
By MadMan007 on 5/3/2010 7:08:01 PM , Rating: 2
Agree, but Vista became great post-SP1, no just post-SP2.

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