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Windows 7 overtakes XP as most popular desktop OS in United States

by Tarinder Sandhu on 11 April 2011, 09:16

Tags: Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

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There are lies, damn lies and statistics, so how does this one grab you on Monday morning.

The folk over at Pingdom have got hold of some data from StatCounter which suggests that Windows 7 is now the most popular desktop operating system in the United States.

StatCounter takes in three million websites and reckons that 7 now commands 31.71 per cent of the market, compared with 31.56 per cent for venerable XP.

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Image credit: pingdom.com

Just as interesting, if stats get you hot, is Mac OS X's share, which equates to almost half that of Windows 7.

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The rise and rise of Windows 7 is charted in the above picture. There's been an inexorable march towards the top of the operating system charts, and it shows little signs of abating. We suppose it's inevitable when the OS is bundled with the majority of new PCs and notebooks.

But really, the stats show that Microsoft's newest desktop operating system has taken share from XP and Vista, rather than pull it away from Apple's Mac OS X.

Windows 7's hegemony is also observed in other developed countries, most notably in Europe, though XP's global footprint is much larger, the report says, as it comes in at 46.9 per cent vs. 7's 31.2 per cent.

Are you still using XP or Vista? Have you been seduced by Mac OS X? Let us know in the forums.



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Really can't understand the mentality of those who don't upgrade from XP to 7. I know people who have stated they will “never” change….perhaps having their bank account hacked because they are still on XP and IE 6 might help them decide…
3dcandy
Really can't understand the mentality of those who don't upgrade from XP to 7. I know people who have stated they will “never” change….perhaps having their bank account hacked because they are still on XP and IE 6 might help them decide…

Most people don't have a choice at work. But then, they probably wouldn't be doing online banking at work either.
Cost is another factor. If XP does the job still then there are people who won't upgrade until required especially if you already have another OS such as Ubuntu installed. Many legacy applications(and even many games) still work better under XP so it is still going to be in use for a while. On top of this if your browsing habits are safe,you run under a user account which is not admin and use the appropriate security software and a newer browser then TBH you will be still fine in most cases ATM.
I'd hedge that this also is affected by the different policies by Europe vs the US for beating the recession.

The US are spending their way through, which is keeping cash moving, and therefore companies are still spending. In Europe, upgrading IT systems seems to be being done more conservatively due to the high costs involved.

For instance, we are using XP in the office, and have gone through 2 sales in 12 months. Now that we're stable and have a long term (?) owner, the upgrade work is being scheduled, but behind other initiatives because they deliver better and more tangible cost benefits.

My concern is that if MS bring forward the release of Windows 8 too soon, we and several others no doubt will skip windows 7 altogether and just wait for 8 to be bedded in.

Personally I think MS need to push a corporate OS as opposed to trying to get one OS to do everything. Something like using a corporate network version of the Cloud and Windows Server, with dumb terminals with NO OS, just a some software that allow them to log on and connect to the Network and “local cloud” facilities would be how I'd see it going ultimately, especially now that the internet and networking speeds are as good as they are.

~Tatty~
Tattysnuc
My concern is that if MS bring forward the release of Windows 8 too soon, we and several others no doubt will skip windows 7 altogether and just wait for 8 to be bedded in.

And then Windows 9 and 10 and 11. Milking the cow never stops! Typical Microsoft :wallbash: