Windows 7 continues to erode Windows XP marketshare

It should not come as a major surprise, but Windows XP usage has dropped yet again. The aging platform shed 2.4% of its marketshare in December which continues the decline of the once popular and rock solid OS, according to PCworld.

With little surprise, Windows 7 is the new platform of choice for those who are finally dumping the decade old OS.  Windows XP share is now down to 46.5% and Windows 7 marketshare is up to 37%, a trend that is likely to continue.

The switch from XP to Windows 7 is a good sign for Microsoft who has urged individuals and corporations to dump the aging OS in favor of Windows 7 that contains not only productivity enhancements, but also security updates.

Corporations are likely the remaining bulk users of Windows XP, with Windows 7 slowly being adopted across the corporate environment, the usage of XP will dwindle while Windows 7 will rise; just in time for Windows 8 to land on store shelves.

Windows 7, by all means, appears to be the next OS of choice that will stick around for a decade or more. It is likely in nearly ten years from now we will be talking about how corporations are finally shifting from Windows 7 to Windows 9, or possibly 10.

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techguy77 said,
After installing Windows Vista and 7 and using them you realize how slow Windows XP is.

Fixed that for you. I can only assume it was a mistake since installing Windows XP on modern hardware is about as asinine as taking the engine out of a Ferrari and replacing it with the engine of an AMC Gremlin.

After 2 and half years Windows XP is still on top which tells me that after Windows Vista and 7 and with Windows 8, Microsoft is still doing it wrong and for whatever reason they are doing it even worse with Windows 8. Windows Vista, 7 and 8 soon offers nothing to people worth upgrading from Windows XP.

With Windows 8 release, Windows 7 marketshare will start declining considering that major OEM will ship Windows 8 only, which means Windows XP will stay the king.

Pretty funny...

These statements from the lead article is so prophetic:

Windows 7, by all means, appears to be the next OS of choice that will stick around for a decade or more. It is likely in nearly ten years from now we will be talking about how corporations are finally shifting from Windows 7 to Windows 9, or possibly 10.

It is good to see that other people have recognized Windows-8 as purely a table-centric Operating System and not a serious contender for the PC marketplace.

Just stop making a point of the XP market share full stop and these silly comments about XP been better than 7 and Windows 7 been near death will stop for good. Windows 7 will be around for years to come yet even when 8 is eventually released.

Windows 7 = the death knell for Microsoft. It's so rock solid and good that nobody has any need to upgrade to 8, 9 or 10. I guess Microsoft has to figure out another way to make profits other then desktop OS.

KingCrimson said,
Windows 7 = the death knell for Microsoft. It's so rock solid and good that nobody has any need to upgrade to 8, 9 or 10. I guess Microsoft has to figure out another way to make profits other then desktop OS.
Dude, really, I have yet to see a comment from you that seems even slightly thought out.

New features will come about in other operating systems after windows 7. This will cause Microsoft to create an OS that has competitors to these features. People will then buy this upgraded OS because people like to have the newest features (hence the people have upgraded from every other OS so far).

I can think of two areas where there will be massive upgrades in the next 10 years that will require an OS update and that users will want. These are, heavy cloud integration and better support for massively parallel processing. I don't think I need to explain why people will want these things or why they will require the release of a whole new OS.

WinA said,
Windows 7 will be like XP.

People will use it forever.

Windows 8 will fail like Vista.

Glad you have a crystal ball that predicts the future. Brb telling MS not to bother releasing Win8.

WinA said,
Windows 7 will be like XP.

People will use it forever.

Windows 8 will fail like Vista.

Every other "major" windows release is considered a flop - look at Windows ME. It was considered a failure because it didn't have all the kinks worked out, while 2000 and XP were praised for their stability and polish. But without ME we wouldn't have a lot of the Windows features we take for granted - E.G. system restore. Vista was the same.

Tbh, it's a bit like calling a Pixar film a flop because it didn't outsell their previous film (yet still sold massively). They weren't flops, they just didn't do as well as hoped.

Jimmy422 said,

Every other "major" windows release is considered a flop - look at Windows ME. It was considered a failure because it didn't have all the kinks worked out, while 2000 and XP were praised for their stability and polish. But without ME we wouldn't have a lot of the Windows features we take for granted - E.G. system restore. Vista was the same.

XP wasn't praised for anything and only bashed for it's massive security problems till the huge work done with SP2, seems like people like to forget the past quick when it comes to technology.

Jimmy422 said,

But without ME we wouldn't have a lot of the Windows features we take for granted - E.G. system restore. Vista was the same.

?? ME, or better the DOS-line was the trash can. The good - read business grade - features are all from the NT-line…

MFH said,

?? ME, or better the DOS-line was the trash can. The good - read business grade - features are all from the NT-line…

dont get winME's hatred at all, it was way more stable then win98 and better at using the pc's resources then win98 in any way. was my OS of choice untill XP got SP2, before SP2 XP was so much worse then winME ever was IMO

Jimmy422 said,

Every other "major" windows release is considered a flop - look at Windows ME. It was considered a failure because it didn't have all the kinks worked out, while 2000 and XP were praised for their stability and polish. But without ME we wouldn't have a lot of the Windows features we take for granted - E.G. system restore. Vista was the same.

Calling Windows XP secure and stable is like calling the Ford Pinto a great and robust car.

Windows XP wasn't praised for its stability. It was often chastised for its security woes.

Shadowzz said,

dont get winME's hatred at all, it was way more stable then win98 and better at using the pc's resources then win98 in any way. was my OS of choice untill XP got SP2, before SP2 XP was so much worse1 then winME ever was IMO

Really?? I just remember endless crashes at my cousin's PC. I was using Win98 FE (not the improved SE - who needed updates anyway ) until I jumped to XP.

BTW: on a side-note: ME was NO major release…

Jimmy422 said,

Every other "major" windows release is considered a flop - look at Windows ME. It was considered a failure because it didn't have all the kinks worked out, while 2000 and XP were praised for their stability and polish. But without ME we wouldn't have a lot of the Windows features we take for granted - E.G. system restore. Vista was the same.

Let me see if I have this right. You're basically saying that without Vista we wouldn't have Windows 7 like it is today?

WinA said,
Windows 7 will be like XP.

People will use it forever.

Windows 8 will fail like Vista.

So true, if one is to believe all of the leaked screen shots. Why Microsoft feels that tablets are the same as PCs is beyond comprehension. Microsoft needs to keep the two marketplaces separate.

neo158 said,
You're basically saying that without Vista we wouldn't have Windows 7 like it is today?

And in that, he is correct.

neo158 said,

Let me see if I have this right. You're basically saying that without Vista we wouldn't have Windows 7 like it is today?

He's right. What do you think Windows 7 is built upon? Vista's architecture was radically different compared to XP, and in 2006/07, was often criticized, but it was a very stable base. That base was further optimized and streamlined, and what became of it? Windows 7.

FrozenEclipse said,

He's right. What do you think Windows 7 is built upon? Vista's architecture was radically different compared to XP, and in 2006/07, was often criticized, but it was a very stable base. That base was further optimized and streamlined, and what became of it? Windows 7.

I know that and I've said the same thing in news stories like this before. It's just his post was being taken the wrong way by others.

xpclient said,
Naturally because only Windows 7 is allowed to be sold. It's called planned obsolescence.

+1 If there was a free choice on the shelf between XP and 7 , I think that most would still choose XP.

alexalex said,
If there was a free choice on the shelf between XP and 7 , I think that most would still choose XP.

Barring the die-had XP types that tend to hang around here, I've yet to find anybody that actually likes XP over 7, excluding obsolete hardware from the late 90's of course. I've yet to run into anything that XP does that 7 can't do better, faster and more reliably. Don't see people crying over Ubuntu 4.10 or OSX Cheetah.. get over it already.. it's been retired for a reason.

Max Norris said,

I've yet to run into anything that XP does that 7 can't do better, faster and more reliably.

It won't run my legacy 16-bit Point-of-Sale app.

Just kidding. There are a couple of things XP can do that Win7 will never do, which are things mainly dropped from 7 due to hardware architectual changes or planned obsolecence of bad APIs.

Max Norris said,

Barring the die-had XP types that tend to hang around here, I've yet to find anybody that actually likes XP over 7

But..but..but...I can't annotate TIFF files on Win7! XP could do it!

/s

alexalex said,

+1 If there was a free choice on the shelf between XP and 7 , I think that most would still choose XP.

Only in your dream world, which thankfully not too many inhabit for fear of developing brain tumors from the sheer stupidity of statements like this.

Max Norris said,

I've yet to run into anything that XP does that 7 can't do better, faster and more reliably.

File operations (copying, moving, deleting, etc...) in Windows Explorer are definitely much slower on Windows 7... why does it need to spend that much time "calculating" the number of files and their size during file operations?

alexalex said,

+1 If there was a free choice on the shelf between XP and 7 , I think that most would still choose XP.

You're missing one point poor troll... Microsoft, in that case, would win the same.

coch said,

File operations (copying, moving, deleting, etc...) in Windows Explorer are definitely much slower on Windows 7... why does it need to spend that much time "calculating" the number of files and their size during file operations?


You can use the free third party app (TeraCopy) for that.

alexalex said,

+1 If there was a free choice on the shelf between XP and 7 , I think that most would still choose XP.

Maybe, but only because of their ignorance. XP is not a good OS when compared to Windows 7.

coch said,

File operations (copying, moving, deleting, etc...) in Windows Explorer are definitely much slower on Windows 7... why does it need to spend that much time "calculating" the number of files and their size during file operations?

You know its copying while its calculating right? It just needs to copy some stuff before it can calculate the time it will take to complete the copy. It does this because it takes the average speed of the first few seconds of copying as the speed that it's likely to continue at. It does this to give more reliable estimates and this does not slow down the copying process.

M4x1mus said,

You know its copying while its calculating right? It just needs to copy some stuff before it can calculate the time it will take to complete the copy. It does this because it takes the average speed of the first few seconds of copying as the speed that it's likely to continue at. It does this to give more reliable estimates and this does not slow down the copying process.

This, and also the overall file system changes they've made make handling data and transferring better, XP can lose things if something goes bonkers in the middle of a data transfer while Vista/7 don't.

alexalex said,

+1 If there was a free choice on the shelf between XP and 7 , I think that most would still choose XP.

No they wouldn't. most would choose win 7 in a heart beat.

I know quite a few people with an old PC or laptop that are rarely used, just for email and word processing and the odd internet usage; and they don't plan to upgrade unless they go out and buy a new laptop or PC.

For some, I guess the old saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" applies

Neobond said,

For some, I guess the old saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" applies

I am proud to be one of the few. When my XP no longer powers up. It is then time to replace it.

Neobond said,
I know quite a few people with an old PC or laptop that are rarely used, just for email and word processing and the odd internet usage; and they don't plan to upgrade unless they go out and buy a new laptop or PC.

For some, I guess the old saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" applies

That works for many, sure, but everything breaks at some some point, specially if we're talking old laptops on XP.

Neobond said,
I know quite a few people with an old PC or laptop that are rarely used, just for email and word processing and the odd internet usage; and they don't plan to upgrade unless they go out and buy a new laptop or PC.

For some, I guess the old saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" applies

That's fine and all, just no complaining when the app or peripheral device they buy doesn't have XP support.

Neobond said,
I know quite a few people with an old PC or laptop that are rarely used, just for email and word processing and the odd internet usage; and they don't plan to upgrade unless they go out and buy a new laptop or PC.

For some, I guess the old saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" applies

I've been saying the same thing for ages mate but it seems the diehard Win7 fanboys can't understand that concept! Essentially if all you do is run Office apps, surf the internet, and do other basic home tasks then there is absolutely zero incentive to do so?

And it's the same for businesses. Why spend additional money upgrading PC's, retraining people, verifying application compatibility, etc etc unless you absolutely have to!

jdegree said,

I am proud to be one of the few. When my XP no longer powers up. It is then time to replace it.

Or when XP stops getting updates in 27 months time.

alexalex said,
So after 2 and Half years of Windows 7, which is close to it's death, XP is still the king.

This is a funny comment, since it's only relevant in corporate environments. For home users, Windows 7 has much more marketshare than Windows XP. So I'm really not sure why this silly little niche of users with a crush on XP is still vocal.

alexalex said,
So after 2 and Half years of Windows 7, which is close to it's death, XP is still the king.

Do you really believe the stuff you post? How is Windows 7 close to it's "death"? Because Windows 8 is coming? Give it a rest man, all the businesses that finally moved off of XP to 7 in 2011 and the ones who are going to do it in 2012 will still be on Windows 7 for years, probably till Windows 9 or 10. Windows 7 isn't close to "death" until it's marketshare says so, and it's not going to say so anytime soon.

alexalex said,
So after 2 and Half years of Windows 7, which is close to it's death, XP is still the king.

I don't know how this knob keeps posting. Windows 7 is close to death? Wat. It won't die until 2019 at the earliest. 5 years for mainstream support, another 5 for extended support. Do the world a favor and stop using computers.