Net Applications: Windows 7 market share climbs

Even though Windows 8 launched in late October, the new deployment of Windows 7 on many PCs, especially in businesses, continues. Today, the newly updated PC OS market share results from Net Applications show that Windows 7 adoption is still increasing.

The new results from October 2012 show Windows 7 with a 44.69 percent market share for the month, up from 44.01 percent in September and just 42.76 percent in August. Windows XP went down to 40.66 percent in October, compared to 41.23 in September and 42.52 percent from August.

Windows Vista is still a distant third in these latest OS market share stats with 5.80 percent. Net Applications shows that Windows 8 was used by 0.41 percent of PC OS users in October, compared to 0.33 percent in September. Since Windows 8 launched less than a week ago, that percentage should increase greatly over the coming months. Indeed, Windows 8 will likely go well ahead of Windows Vista in a matter of months.

Earlier this week at the BUILD 2012 developer conference, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced that since the general availability of Windows 8, there have been four million upgrades made from older Windows PCs just four days after its launch.

Source: Net Applications | Image via Net Applications

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Windows 8's market share will be clearer by December. Most Windows 8 PCs are being shipped in late November.

Obry said,
I find it Funny that Vista has as much market share as all 3 versions of OSX combined.

Does that mean Vista is a "premium OS"?

Doesn't really surprise me when Microsoft's decade-old XP still has about 6 times the marketshare of the past 3 versions of OS X combined.

Obry said,
I find it Funny that Vista has as much market share as all 3 versions of OSX combined.

Tbf to Apple they've managed to double their market share since Vista.

Joshie said,

Does that mean Vista is a "premium OS"?

What exactly is a "Premium OS"? If anything, yes, Windows in general is technically a more premium OS than OSX. Windows is all custom, proprietary code which would be generally considered more "premium" vs "open source" which OSX is based on. OSX (and iOS) is built on top of Darwin which is a NeXT/BSD derivative (a free UNIX/POSIX style OS) and all of that stuff is open source. So again, what makes OSX (or iOS) a "premium" OS?

Obry said,

What exactly is a "Premium OS"? If anything, yes, Windows in general is technically a more premium OS than OSX. Windows is all custom, proprietary code which would be generally considered more "premium" vs "open source" which OSX is based on. OSX (and iOS) is built on top of Darwin which is a NeXT/BSD derivative (a free UNIX/POSIX style OS) and all of that stuff is open source. So again, what makes OSX (or iOS) a "premium" OS?


The joke is that Apple apologists have, at times, argued that Mac OS's low marketshare is intentional and desirable since it's a premium OS, and it's able to stay premium because it isn't the dominant platform and has more agility as a result.

If that's the explanation for having only 6% of the market, the joke is that it extends to any other OS with the same.

Joke.

neonspark said,
marketshare? this is usage share. xp has ZERO marketshare because you can't buy it.

Marketshare doesn't have to be mean sales, it can also mean volume in use.

Net Applications analyze the traffic on websites, or not? I wonder where are the android users. Or 100% means desktop OS only?
EDIT: Nevermind, source on net Applications say Desktop OS.

It seems to support the supposition that businesses, having looked at Windows-8, have decided that Windows-7 is much better suited to their needs and requirements. Touch-centric tablets may have a great "wow factor," but, for actual productivity, a huge question mark.

TsarNikky said,
It seems to support the supposition that businesses, having looked at Windows-8, have decided that Windows-7 is much better suited to their needs and requirements.

Businesses are typically very slow to adopt new technology/versions regardless of the platform.

TsarNikky said,
It seems to support the supposition that businesses, having looked at Windows-8, have decided that Windows-7 is much better suited to their needs and requirements. Touch-centric tablets may have a great "wow factor," but, for actual productivity, a huge question mark.

busineses have very slow and methodical upgrade proceedures (I'm talking large companies here, not a few people in an office). As such there is lots of testing and regarding and configs to try and be 100% certain that a big rollout has no down time. Big companies will have been planning a win7 upgrade for over a year and your assumption that windows 8 is being ignored based on win7 still being installed is totally of the ball.

duddit2 said,

busineses have very slow and methodical upgrade proceedures (I'm talking large companies here, not a few people in an office). As such there is lots of testing and regarding and configs to try and be 100% certain that a big rollout has no down time. Big companies will have been planning a win7 upgrade for over a year and your assumption that windows 8 is being ignored based on win7 still being installed is totally of the ball.

100% correct. I work for a federal organization and our IT department has been talkign about upgrading to Win7 for well over a year. We finally move from IE6 about a year ago. XP is fine but the Gov is in no rush to upgrade especially because we have a lot of specialized systems that run on particular OSs but thats becoming less of a problem as more less critical systems become web apps.

I would expect OSX to fall sharply in the next few months. A lot of home users that have a mac switched over to the iPad for most of their daily media consumption. And graphics professionals too since the Adobe Suites are simply better on Windows 7 than OSX.

Gungel said,
I would expect OSX to fall sharply in the next few months. A lot of home users that have a mac switched over to the iPad for most of their daily media consumption. And graphics professionals too since the Adobe Suites are simply better on Windows 7 than OSX.

I'm not an Adobe geek--I'm a basic user, but IMO Adobe products work better on the Mac.

Tyler R. said,

I'm not an Adobe geek--I'm a basic user, but IMO Adobe products work better on the Mac.


this used to be true, years ago, but is simply a myth now which needs to die

duddit2 said,

this used to be true, years ago, but is simply a myth now which needs to die

My friend claimed Adobe ran better on his new mac than his windows machine... which is obvious considering his windows machine was half the price and 5 years old.

duddit2 said,

this used to be true, years ago, but is simply a myth now which needs to die

This is true. Even Adobe themselves will say that their products perform better on Windows than on OS X, in equal hardware scenarios.

As lt8480 implies, though, most people just don't understand hardware, and think in terms of vendors and product families. If they see a PC next to a Mac that outperforms it, and you ask them why, they won't say "Because the Mac has an i7 and 16gb of memory while the PC is a years old AMD Athlon with 2GB of memory." They'll say it's because it's a Mac.

Tyler R. said,

I'm not an Adobe geek--I'm a basic user, but IMO Adobe products work better on the Mac.

yeah, like 15 years ago, now days Adobe puts more effort into Windows versions... heck they went 64bit first and supported more stuff first on windows

Gungel said,
I would expect OSX to fall sharply in the next few months. A lot of home users that have a mac switched over to the iPad for most of their daily media consumption. And graphics professionals too since the Adobe Suites are simply better on Windows 7 than OSX.

where have you got this from? OS X's market share has doubled over the past few years and has the potential to double again. The PC market is set to shrink anywhere between 2%-8% depending which source you trust with Mac sales are still growing albeit at a much slower rate than last year.

Tyler R. said,

I'm not an Adobe geek--I'm a basic user, but IMO Adobe products work better on the Mac.

As someone who used to do Adobe CS work exclusively on Mac, I do find that the Windows versions work a lot better, faster.

neufuse said,
I hope those numbers are rounded because that comes out to 101%

Windows 7 gets a bonus percentage for being Epic.

Hope to see windows 7 over 50% some time next year Can't wait to watch the XP users plummet in april 2014 when support ends and viruses create havok.

torrentthief said,
Hope to see windows 7 over 50% some time next year Can't wait to watch the XP users plummet in april 2014 when support ends and viruses create havok.

Death to XP!!! All hail Windows 7!

torrentthief said,
Hope to see windows 7 over 50% some time next year Can't wait to watch the XP users plummet in april 2014 when support ends and viruses create havok.

With the release of Windows 8 and Windows RT, I think Windows 7 will probably peak somewhere in the 40s as Windows 8/RT starts to eat its lunch. Don't get me wrong, I love Windows 7, but for the first time Microsoft is competing strongly with tablets and that could make a difference.

torrentthief said,
Hope to see windows 7 over 50% some time next year Can't wait to watch the XP users plummet in april 2014 when support ends and viruses create havok.
I don't think Windows 7 will make it to 50%, now, it's also for 7 back to the bottom. It keeps growing for the upcoming months, but that will end and I think that's whit January.

There's about as many Mac users as Vista users now! The 41% on XP is mostly companies, so I expect them to jump to 7 and thus 7's market share goes up.

Tyler R. said,
There's about as many Mac users as Vista users now! The 41% on XP is mostly companies, so I expect them to jump to 7 and thus 7's market share goes up.

Or maybe those Windows XP users simply don't want to upgrade to Windows 7 due to aging hardware and the spyware popup ridden XP machines they've gotten used to as, what is, windows. So they'll jump ship to Apple with its virus free OS, right because its virus free.

Or we'll slowly see Windows XP machines drop off as their hardware dies its eventual death.

Tyler R. said,
There's about as many Mac users as Vista users now! .

Very roughly, yes. Vista has 5.8% while Mac marketshare is shown to be at 7.16%

Edited by Deactivated., Nov 1 2012, 7:46pm :

sagum said,

Or maybe those Windows XP users simply don't want to upgrade to Windows 7 due to aging hardware and the spyware popup ridden XP machines they've gotten used to as, what is, windows. So they'll jump ship to Apple with its virus free OS, right because its virus free.

Not sure if sarcasm or the reality of how people think.

sagum said,

Or maybe those Windows XP users simply don't want to upgrade to Windows 7 due to aging hardware and the spyware popup ridden XP machines they've gotten used to as, what is, windows. So they'll jump ship to Apple with its virus free OS, right because its virus free.

Or we'll slowly see Windows XP machines drop off as their hardware dies its eventual death.

Apple fans have been saying people will drop Windows for 30 years. And yet they have only been able to scratch out 6%. But it is the year of OSX!

nohone said,

Apple fans have been saying people will drop Windows for 30 years. And yet they have only been able to scratch out 6%. But it is the year of OSX!

7.16% to be accurate (as I noted before). But yeah, Windows still has 10 times the marketshare. And OS X has 6 times the marketshare of Linux.

nohone said,

Apple fans have been saying people will drop Windows for 30 years. And yet they have only been able to scratch out 6%. But it is the year of OSX!

Tbf to Apple Mac's have had double digit growth for several consecutive years now while the PC sales have flat lined / tiny growth.

nohone said,

Apple fans have been saying people will drop Windows for 30 years. And yet they have only been able to scratch out 6%. But it is the year of OSX!

I thought it was the year of Linux.

Tyler R. said,

I thought it was the year of Linux.

2016, Ron Paul is president and Linux has 90% desktop market share because no one uses PC anymore and everyone uses Blackberry Playbooks.

sagum said,

Or maybe those Windows XP users simply don't want to upgrade to Windows 7 due to aging hardware and the spyware popup ridden XP machines they've gotten used to as, what is, windows. So they'll jump ship to Apple with its virus free OS, right because its virus free.

Or we'll slowly see Windows XP machines drop off as their hardware dies its eventual death.

rather than buying MAC for 2000$, buying PC for 500$ along with any Antivirus software that you wanna pay up (50$ at most) is much much better for companies. Besides I can see you don't live in Corporate world. Do you think Corporates allow you to download and install anything you want in their PCs to get affected by Virus!!!??

You should name yourself as "troll"