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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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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.

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