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#1 BoomyBoy

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 16:04

Windows 7 has, finally, become the world’s most popular desktop operating system.

It overtook Windows XP in the first ten days of October with a 40.18 per cent share of the market, according to statistics gathered by Statcounter. At the latest measurement, 38.66 per cent of desktop computers in use online are powered by XP while Vista limps in on 11.21 per cent.

XP became the most popular operating system by quantity in 2003 after being released in 2001. Windows 7 adoption has been quick since it hit the shelves in 2009.

What's obvious from the Statcounter charts is the fact that Win 7 has grown at the expense of XP and Vista.

Still, with Mac OS X only commanding 7.27 per cent of the market, it’s not surprising that Microsoft is retaining customers rather than luring new ones. Linux, on the desktop, has all but flatlined.

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Microsoft reported in September that it had sold 450 million Windows 7 licenses, and suggested that Windows 7 PCs now outnumbered XP ones without stating any back-up figures. This external beancount from Statcounter suggests that Redmond truly has passed the tipping point.

Statcounter measures traffic to websites - approximately three million of them - and records the operating systems that visits come from, so their counts only measure computers that are connected to the internet. It can’t be proved that the web visiting figures exactly correlate to the physical installed base of desktop operating systems, but it is a handy indicator to have.

Meanwhile in the land of mobile device operating systems, SymbianOS held 29.5 per cent, iOS held 23.18 per cent, Android held 21.63 per cent and BlackBerry OS held 9.52 per cent, according to Statcounter.

Source: The Register


#2 WastedJoker

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 16:38

It's no surprise - Win7 is an amazing o/s. It really showed that Microsoft can take lessons forward from a bad o/s (Vista) and turn it into a powerhouse. I'm not saying Vista is terrible but it definitely was not ready for businesses in the same way Win7 was/is.

#3 still1

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 16:51

statcounter is one of the worst stat provider ....
I would believe when netmarketshare says it http://marketshare.hitslink.com/
Xp which has been selling for about 8 years was overtook by 7 which has been selling for 2 years... that dont sound right....
not to mention the high piracy with XP.....

win 7 with 32% seems reasonable to me according to netmarketshare.

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 17:53

The world is a safest place...

#5 Ci7

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 22:06

statcounter is one of the worst stat provider ....
I would believe when netmarketshare says it http://marketshare.hitslink.com/
Xp which has been selling for about 8 years was overtook by 7 which has been selling for 2 years... that dont sound right....
not to mention the high piracy with XP.....

win 7 with 32% seems reasonable to me according to netmarketshare.


they stopped allow OEM XP since two year , as for retails they stopped since long time now

http://windowsteambl...-deadlines.aspx


Netmarketshare is not that accurate accurate

#6 still1

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 22:25


they stopped allow OEM XP since two year , as for retails they stopped since long time now

http://windowsteambl...-deadlines.aspx


Netmarketshare is not that accurate accurate

did i ever say in my post XP never stopped selling?

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Posted 14 October 2011 - 00:18

Marketshare must be kidding! 54% for iOS? That's a lie...