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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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XP - die already
By RU482 on 5/3/2010 4:12:24 PM , Rating: 2
As a hardware supplier, I am to a point where I hate XP more than I ever disliked Vista. I hate having to support a legacy OS on new hardware!

RE: XP - die already
By Belard on 5/3/2010 5:40:08 PM , Rating: 3
er... why? Windows XP is still more than 60% of of the PC market.

Vista never surpassed 25% (as I predicted) and it peaked until Win7 came out. I am upgrading clients and friends from XP to Win7.

I like Win7, mostly. Still does some stupid things compared to XP. And it could use some TWEAKS to the OS, not just SP-fixes.

Any hardware that is released to the market WILL work with XP. The user base is very big.

RE: XP - die already
By Iaiken on 5/4/2010 1:13:05 PM , Rating: 2
A friend and I did a little experiment where we swapped the Windows 7 OS drives from an AMD Phenom2 based system and a Core i7 system.

The results?

Both systems booted in, shed the old drivers for hardware that was no longer present, installed the new drivers then rebooted. After the reboot, both systems worked perfectly. Attempts with both vista and XP resulted in the computer choking out after the windows logo screen.

Since then, I upgraded a friends system from Core 2 to Core i7 and the OS accepted the new hardware without a re-install.

Kudos to MS for rebuilding Vista into something much more rugged and user friendly.

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