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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 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 ;)

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