Study: Windows 7 to be on 42 percent of PCs by end of 2011

Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system has certainly been a much bigger success than the previous version, Windows Vista. Now a new study from research firm Gartner claims that Windows 7 could be installed on a whopping 42 percent of all PCs worldwide by the end of 2011. It adds that 94 percent of all new PCs shipped this year will have Windows 7 running things inside.

Part of the reason for this high adoption rate of the operating system, according to Gartner, is that the US and countries in Asia and the Pacific have seen increases in the IT budget for enterprise customers. However the same study added that other parts of the world, including Western Europe and Japan, will have slower adoption rates for Windows 7. In Japan's case that's due to the economic slowdown because of March's massive earthquake that hit that country.

The study also comments on the expected install rate of other PC operating systems. The Mac OS is expected to be running on 4.5 percent of all PCs by the end of the year, which is expected to increase to 5.2 percent by 2015. The Linux OS is still expected to be in a very small amount of PCs "because of the remaining high costs of application migration from Windows to Linux." As far as Google's Chrome OS and Android OS and HP's WebOS, Gartner does not expect any of them to "get any significant market share on PCs in the next few years."

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With XP goes IE6. So yes, I agree with everyone, XP needs to go sooner than later. I no longer code for IE6, I'm sick of it after 10 years. Visit my sites on IE6? Good luck...

Mac OS owns 4.5 percent of the PC market? Wow, I would have expected that they would have a leats a little bit more of the market? Well I guess PC's actually do dominate.

Microsoft Expert said,
Mac OS owns 4.5 percent of the PC market? Wow, I would have expected that they would have a leats a little bit more of the market? Well I guess PC's actually do dominate.

It is closer to 10% among personal computers and even higher when you look at college students.

sphbecker said,

It is closer to 10% among personal computers and even higher when you look at college students.

but still has 4.5% of the market...

sphbecker said,

It is closer to 10% among personal computers and even higher when you look at college students.

Only in USA.

gregalto said,
Good to hear, Xp needs to go away

These are such stupid comment. Trying to impose your choice onto everybody else shows arrogance, ignorance and intolerance.

Why don't you just take care of what is on your PC and let the other make their own choice.

Captain555 said,

These are such stupid comment. Trying to impose your choice onto everybody else shows arrogance, ignorance and intolerance.

Why don't you just take care of what is on your PC and let the other make their own choice.


Sooner or later apps (and I'm not talking about Microsoft stuff) are going to start requiring Vista or higher. MS has stopped all support for XP other than security updates (that means no bug fixes), so its not your choice for much longer. In 2014 even secruity updates will stop, that means no more XP love on patch tuesday.

Captain555 said,

These are such stupid comment. Trying to impose your choice onto everybody else shows arrogance, ignorance and intolerance.

Why don't you just take care of what is on your PC and let the other make their own choice.

Windows XP spreads disease. You can thank the XP holdouts for the still high rates of malware traversing our networks.

Captain555 said,

These are such stupid comment. Trying to impose your choice onto everybody else shows arrogance, ignorance and intolerance.

Why don't you just take care of what is on your PC and let the other make their own choice.

Windows XP spreads disease. You can thank the XP holdouts for the still high rates of malware traversing our networks. That's why I want it gone.

Captain555 said,

These are such stupid comment. Trying to impose your choice onto everybody else shows arrogance, ignorance and intolerance.

Why don't you just take care of what is on your PC and let the other make their own choice.

In the software world, the choice should always be the most secure, stable choice. This is not XP.

sphbecker said,

Sooner or later apps (and I'm not talking about Microsoft stuff) are going to start requiring Vista or higher. MS has stopped all support for XP other than security updates (that means no bug fixes), so its not your choice for much longer. In 2014 even secruity updates will stop, that means no more XP love on patch tuesday.

You're right and XP will eventually dwindle to zero. Doesn't mean you need to force people to move on. Eventually, everybody will need a new PC and their next one will have Win 7 or 8 or 9. 2014 is still 3 years away. And the chance that it might be extended is good since MS is allowing the use of XP Pro to owner of Win 7 Pro license until 2020. BTW, XP SP2 support is over, but XP SP3 is still supported.

Kevin Flynn said,

Windows XP spreads disease. You can thank the XP holdouts for the still high rates of malware traversing our networks. That's why I want it gone.

That's a BS argument. In my shop I have to clean as many infected Vista and 7 as XP PCs. The problem is most often, the user themselves. Those ****** out there who created all type of malwares are simply using the naivety of users against themselves. If you really think the malwares would stop if XP would go away, you don't really understand how things work.

Captain555 said,

That's a BS argument. In my shop I have to clean as many infected Vista and 7 as XP PCs. The problem is most often, the user themselves. Those ****** out there who created all type of malwares are simply using the naivety of users against themselves. If you really think the malwares would stop if XP would go away, you don't really understand how things work.

Windows Vista and Windows 7 have been proven to have drastically lower infection rates than Windows XP. In fact it was just announced that Windows XP has a 74% infection rate of rootkits compared to only 12% Windows 7 has.

Kevin Flynn said,
lower infection rates than Windows XP.

Lower doesn't mean Zero.

If there was no XP left in the world and Win 7 was used intead, then Win 7 would be responsible for 86% of the rootkits infections. Try to wrap your head around that one.

Captain555 said,

Lower doesn't mean Zero.

If there was no XP left in the world and Win 7 was used intead, then Win 7 would be responsible for 86% of the rootkits infections. Try to wrap your head around that one.

No, but in that case, if Windows 7 was as vulnerable as XP is, then where are the infections? Shouldn't Vista have a higher share also? The OS makes it too hard to download and install malicious software anymore. So, no, it wouldn't have 86%.

Kevin Flynn said,
So, no, it wouldn't have 86%.

I had a feeling that one would go right over your head. You completely missed the point.

And the point is .... (musical tada) ... if all the PCs in the world were to run Win 7, there still would be malwares infections, and Win 7 would be 100% responsible for all the infections.

gregalto said,
Good to hear, Xp needs to go away

you could just have said... 70% of windows XP users have a problem with their rootkits (leaving out the fact that those Windows XP's should also be hacked and cracked)

Then... My good friend.. you change peoples hearts...
Like I did the other day ;(

Captain555 said,
if all the PCs in the world were to run Win 7, there still would be malwares infections, and Win 7 would be 100% responsible for all the infections.

OMG! Really..?
No ****, the point is that the infection RATE is lower compared to those of OTHER operating systems. Which means there would be way LESS infections.

Captain555 said,
if all the PCs in the world were to run Win 7, there still would be malwares infections, and Win 7 would be 100% responsible for all the infections.

OMG! Really..?
No ****, the point is that the infection RATE is lower compared to those of OTHER operating systems. Which means there would be way LESS infections.

Captain555 said,
if all the PCs in the world were to run Win 7, there still would be malwares infections, and Win 7 would be 100% responsible for all the infections.

OMG! Really..?
No ****, the point is that the infection RATE is lower compared to those of OTHER operating systems. Which means there would be way LESS infections.

Coi said,
OMG! Really..?
No ****, the point is that the infection RATE is lower compared to those of OTHER operating systems. Which means there would be way LESS infections.

LOL.

Captain555 said,

These are such stupid comment. Trying to impose your choice onto everybody else shows arrogance, ignorance and intolerance.

Why don't you just take care of what is on your PC and let the other make their own choice.

It's ancient. You XP fanboys soon won't find compatible hardware.

Captain555 said,

LOL.

Someone didn't pay attention when percentages were being discussed in math class.

wahoospa said,
Does this percentage include all the millions of pirated Windows 7 in use in China?

Surprisingly, Windows XP is still extremely popular in China.

Windows XP still has 80% market share in China as oppose to Windows XP which has 15% market share there.

day2die said,

Surprisingly, Windows XP is still extremely popular in China.

Windows XP still has 80% market share in China as oppose to Windows XP which has 15% market share there.

you might want to reread what you wrote *lol*

wahoospa said,
Does this percentage include all the millions of pirated Windows 7 in use in China?

More than likely, because these number are usually determined thru statistic from the net.