Windows 7 hits 25% market share, XP sinks to 50%

If you have been following the success of Windows 7, including when it took 10% market share after three months, and when Windows 7 finally surpassed Windows Vista in August, you'll see it's having a huge impact on the market.

According to statscounter.com, Windows 7 has now punched through the 25% market share barrier, while Windows XP is still continues its slow decline, hitting 50% this month. 

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Windows 7 recently passed its first birthday in October, where it has already sold over 240 million licenses, with an estimated 300 million before the end of the year. The successful release of the operating system has been praised by consumers, businesses and media alike. In November 2009, Windows 7 managed to surpass Apple's Snow Leopard market share in just two weeks.

Windows 7 still has a lot of momentum behind it, and with its first service pack (SP1) just around the corner, it will likely see an accelerated adoption rate with waiting customers. With the holiday season quickly approaching in a few weeks, consumers will be swapping out their old computers for brand new ones. Windows 7 will come pre-installed on 93% of all new PCs.

It is estimated that Windows 7 will finally surpass Windows XP around this time next year, considering the projected paths both operating systems are currently on. Microsoft announced in October that Windows 7 has received a 94% satisfaction rate with customers, and 88% of businesses will be moving to Windows 7 in early 2011.

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I really don't give a rat's patootie how long people want to use XP. If they like it, good for them. Since Windows 7 Pro will be updated until 2020, I am in no hurry to use Windows 8, 9, etc.

Whatever stirs your drink.

I am using XP on my laptop these days after using Win7 about an year (had the beta version first). Now I know why are people not letting go of XP. Its a pretty solid operating system IMHO.

Sure, why not? It comes preinstalled on less than 7% of new computers so it's the obvious choice.

Now let's get back on topic.

At least it's swinging in the right direction.

But I always hear that Mac's market share is rising and so on big time, but this chart doesn't seem to approve of it...

Tpiom said,
But I always hear that Mac's market share is rising and so on big time, but this chart doesn't seem to approve of it...
The chart is showing it rising. And when you're towards the bottom, small increases are a lot (e.g. 1-->2% is a 100% increase. 50-->51% is 2%).

Kirkburn said,
The chart is showing it rising. And when you're towards the bottom, small increases are a lot (e.g. 1-->2% is a 100% increase. 50-->51% is 2%).

When you put it that way...
Damn numbers

Yes to the genius who said WINDOWS 7 offers nothing, i beg to differ

TPM SUPPORT
Full solid state drive support
Embedded Tablet PC Support
a New, more efficient network stack
Better graphics engine
Sandboxed IE 8
Homegroups
A baked in search subsystem

i could go on here, and oh if you use volume licensing it won't cost you thousands of dollars! Furthermore, what's going to happen when ms stops doing security updates for XP? will you be still using it and if so does it mean your business' critical data will be less secure? Lastly XP mode is a full copy of windows xp, there is 0 need for testing, throw an app in and it works period

PS: Upgrading doesn't just serve a purpose of bringing in new features it is usually tied to new hardware which will be faster and thus making your business more productive.


AnotherITguy said,
Yes to the genius who said WINDOWS 7 offers nothing, i beg to differ

TPM SUPPORT
Full solid state drive support
Embedded Tablet PC Support
a New, more efficient network stack
Better graphics engine
Sandboxed IE 8
Homegroups
A baked in search subsystem

i could go on here, and oh if you use volume licensing it won't cost you thousands of dollars! Furthermore, what's going to happen when ms stops doing security updates for XP? will you be still using it and if so does it mean your business' critical data will be less secure? Lastly XP mode is a full copy of windows xp, there is 0 need for testing, throw an app in and it works period

PS: Upgrading doesn't just serve a purpose of bringing in new features it is usually tied to new hardware which will be faster and thus making your business more productive.


Thank you for looking at the bigger picture. I can see we'd be great friends.

AnotherITguy said,
Furthermore, what's going to happen when ms stops doing security updates for XP?

Still long way to go. Plenty of times to buy a new machine or upgrade. No need to rush.

Captain555 said,

Still long way to go. Plenty of times to buy a new machine or upgrade. No need to rush.

3 years. If I was anybody, I'd be off XP looooong before then.

Frylock86 said,

3 years. If I was anybody, I'd be off XP looooong before then.

Actually that will be extended since they extended the right to downgraded from 7 Pro to XP Pro until 2020.

Captain555 said,

Actually that will be extended since they extended the right to downgraded from 7 Pro to XP Pro until 2020.

wrong

It's 10 years old. Creates a bad reputation for windows while it still exists and a large number of XP machines still run IE6. This is so problematic as we can't really use modern web technologies cos this 11yo browser can't handle them. Moreover, most modern applications require OS components not to be seen in XP

Riva said,
It's 10 years old. Creates a bad reputation for windows while it still exists and a large number of XP machines still run IE6. This is so problematic as we can't really use modern web technologies cos this 11yo browser can't handle them. Moreover, most modern applications require OS components not to be seen in XP

+1

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
9.5 years old and still got 50% market share. Impressive.

will it is the longest reigning windows

no other windows stayed for a full 6 years ,a successor popout like two/three years except for xp/vista case

I was going to say in before the XP haters, however it looks like one already got here.

Why don't they understand that businesses can't just up and move OS? there is compatibility testing, costs, time and several other things to take in to account

Teebor said,
I was going to say in before the XP haters, however it looks like one already got here.

Why don't they understand that businesses can't just up and move OS? there is compatibility testing, costs, time and several other things to take in to account

And who exactly is talking about businesses? No one except you. Or are you forgetting most people are still using XP? And like DKAngel said, XPMode exists for a reason.

Get with the times.

Consoles and Windows XP users are ruining PC gaming.

rpsgc said,

And who exactly is talking about businesses? No one except you. Or are you forgetting most people are still using XP? And like DKAngel said, XPMode exists for a reason.

Get with the times.

Consoles and Windows XP users are ruining PC gaming.

But Teebor is right though, although not a large proportion of Windows Licenses are sold to businesses, they can't just install a new OS like consumers can.

It takes businesses time to test the applications they use, but you can bet that those businesses are testing Windows 7 right now.

Yes, XP Mode goes some way to helping businesses migrate and this is a good thing, but it still takes time to test applications in XP Mode.

Thank you Teebor. Someone who gets it.
This is why many businesses haven't moved on (take note):
"Ok, so in today's meeting, our IT guy recommends we upgrade all of our computers to Windows 7."
"Sounds reasonable. What would this add to our business that we don't already have? I mean, our systems are running fine here."
"Nothing."
"How much will it cost?"
"Thousands of dollars*."
"...What's next on the agenda?"
Disclaimer: Not saying Windows 7 is adding nothing new. But if XP does the job, why fix what's not broken?
(* or much more, depending on what size of business.)

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
Thank you Teebor. Someone who gets it.
This is why many businesses haven't moved on (take note):
"Ok, so in today's meeting, our IT guy recommends we upgrade all of our computers to Windows 7."
"Sounds reasonable. What would this add to our business that we don't already have? I mean, our systems are running fine here."
"Nothing."
"How much will it cost?"
"Thousands of dollars*."
"...What's next on the agenda?"
Disclaimer: Not saying Windows 7 is adding nothing new. But if XP does the job, why fix what's not broken?
(* or much more, depending on what size of business.)

Exactly!!

Businesses will migrate, but only when they have no choice. I remember businesses saying that they wouldn't migrate from Windows 98/NT/2000 to XP and look what happened, they migrated to XP eventually.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
Thank you Teebor. Someone who gets it.
This is why many businesses haven't moved on (take note):
"Ok, so in today's meeting, our IT guy recommends we upgrade all of our computers to Windows 7."
"Sounds reasonable. What would this add to our business that we don't already have? I mean, our systems are running fine here."
"Nothing."
"How much will it cost?"
"Thousands of dollars*."
"...What's next on the agenda?"
Disclaimer: Not saying Windows 7 is adding nothing new. But if XP does the job, why fix what's not broken?
(* or much more, depending on what size of business.)

There is a cost associated with not migrating in a timely fashion, but most I.T. management is too short sighted to acknowledge this. Those who completey ignored Vista have a lot more work to do in order to get ready for 7, that cost could have been spread out over several years with a little proper planning. I'm watching our desktop group go through this now, and it's not going well and/or fast.

There is also an expense to staying with XP and it's crazy history of patcing and continued security issues, plus not fully leveraging the value of new hardware when it comes.

neo158 said,

Exactly!!

Businesses will migrate, but only when they have no choice. I remember businesses saying that they wouldn't migrate from Windows 98/NT/2000 to XP and look what happened, they migrated to XP eventually.

Which is silly.. You're not going to get a huge productivity bonus, but having Server 2008 and Windows 7 OS's on your network makes thing so much easier to manage. Not to mention the security benefit.

It's whatev, but in my field, we're always trying to fix things before they're broken. Looking ahead..

bob_c_b said,
There is also an expense to staying with XP and it's crazy history of patcing and continued security issues, plus not fully leveraging the value of new hardware when it comes.

Windows 7 has patches too, so your point is invalid. Nobody mentioned XP on NEW machines. We're talking about upgrading existing machines. This is a point most people aren't understanding.

well xp was good in it's day but like windows 98 it is time to leave it behind and move on so keep it on old systems but have 7 on the rest.

I had xp, purchased vista after it was out for awhile, then I downloaded win 7 beta, and used that over vista. My time with vista was short.

It was weird that within 1 year my pc had 3 different oses on it.

Glad to see 7 taking off so fast, I knew when I got to use the beta that Microsoft did it right!

""It is estimated that Windows 7 will finally surpass Windows XP around this time next year""

I think it will be earlier than that because.

""88% of businesses will be moving to Windows 7 in early 2011.""

and 407 million copies copies are expected to sale.

FMH said,
""It is estimated that Windows 7 will finally surpass Windows XP around this time next year""

I think it will be earlier than that because.

""88% of businesses will be moving to Windows 7 in early 2011.""

and 407 million copies copies are expected to sale.

That's around 100 billion dollars in revenue for MS assuming that all these licenses are enterprise edition licenses.

Go Microsoft Go! You are doing just amazing...

I have a MacBook Pro and a Desktop PC with Windows 7 (legal). I love Windows 7 for desktop usage, but for mobile usage, Mac OSX is superb.

I love both!

Field Commander A9 said,
R.I.P. to Linux~ XD

F00! StatCounter are secretly owned by M$. Of course we all know Linux is MUCH more popular than 0%. ;-)

Breach said,

F00! StatCounter are secretly owned by M$. Of course we all know Linux is MUCH more popular than 0%. ;-)

Sure a rough number of linux users will give us an understanding how much of earths population are nerds

Field Commander A9 said,
R.I.P. to Linux~ XD
I don't see Linux going down on that chart. I see it staying roughly where it already was (which, yes, is not a large amount).

Riva said,
Sure a rough number of linux users will give us an understanding how much of earths population are nerds
Says the guy posting on an OS marketshare story on Neowin.

MtnDewCodeRedFreak said,
Good! Death to XP!

Might be the demise of XP but SURE am glad to see how fast it blew that POS Vista away!! Proof positive even MS knew it was total crap!!

As good as XP is/was, it was always WAY better than Vista. Windows 7 is one sweet OS though.

cork1958 said,

Might be the demise of XP but SURE am glad to see how fast it blew that POS Vista away!! Proof positive even MS knew it was total crap!!

As good as XP is/was, it was always WAY better than Vista. Windows 7 is one sweet OS though.


I'd bet you never used Vista SP1 or later on a modern computer.

Aethec said,

I'd bet you never used Vista SP1 or later on a modern computer.

I do. Almost everyday. And with SP2 also. Vista is crap. Even on fast PCs, it's always making wait. I'm just can't stand that little circle that turn and turn all the time. You don't see that with Win 7.

Captain555 said,
I do. Almost everyday. And with SP2 also. Vista is crap. Even on fast PCs, it's always making wait. I'm just can't stand that little circle that turn and turn all the time. You don't see that with Win 7.
That sounds like two different PCs then.

Captain555 said,

I do. Almost everyday. And with SP2 also. Vista is crap. Even on fast PCs, it's always making wait. I'm just can't stand that little circle that turn and turn all the time. You don't see that with Win 7.

Seriously though, Win7 is smoother and does a better job in low memory systems, but on a 1+ghz processor and 1gb of RAM, Vista is faster than XP 99% of the time, so making the leap that it was crap is based on a lot of misinformation.

Vista at release had several redesigned stacks and a new video model. This was growing pains for sound and network MFRs and providing new driver models.

However it was a major revamp for GPU MFRs like ATI and NVidia that had to completely redesign and rewrite their video drivers from scratch. This took some time to get the base features down and even more time to learn how to use the features of the WDDM to take advantage of the WDDM that offered more performance potential along with new features.

It also meant all the years of optimizations and things learned from the XPDM drivers were worthless, and all the tricks of the past in general and application/game specific were also worthless.

What this basically meant is that Vista RTM through Sept 07, all video drivers were crap in terms of properly implementing WDDM optimizations and were not close to the performance levels of the XPDM drivers that WinXP users were accustomed.

However, in June 07, Microsoft put some of their best GPU engineers in the ATI and NVidia camps, and helped them pull the drivers along and use the WDDM for better performance.

So if you at Vista and overall performance and specificlaly GPU performance, starting about Sept 07, it was faster than XP, not only in the mainstay tests of FPS, but in gaming load times and general applicaiton performance times.

(It was this push by Microsoft working more directly with ATI and NVidia to get their heads around the WDDM tha made Win7's video performance even better, while offering a lot of new features that still doesn't exist in any other OS.

Vista as the first major OS to offer GPU level virtualization and scheduling, giving the OS control over the GPU, instead of leaving the GPU usage locked to applications or application yeilds.

cork1958 said,

Might be the demise of XP but SURE am glad to see how fast it blew that POS Vista away!! Proof positive even MS knew it was total crap!!

As good as XP is/was, it was always WAY better than Vista. Windows 7 is one sweet OS though.

Never had a problem with it. My computer's not all that great in the hardware department, and even back when it came with Vista Home Premium, it ran fine. Sure, I couldn't run Oblivion full graphics, but honestly, it's a laptop. I don't expect too much off of my Intel Family Chipset.

Windows 7 is a lot of what Vista was, with a similar build and layout. It was NEW, and people didn't like that. Windows had the right to change the design when releasing a whole new OS, and honestly, Vista's the reason 7's so great.

thenetavenger said,
on a 1+ghz processor and 1gb of RAM, Vista is faster than XP 99% of the time, .

Sorry, not what I saw. Maybe in bizarro world ?

Ci7 said,
sounds to me it will hit 45/50% by next dec
Microsoft probably expects 70% so that they can keep a hold on the all the customers = XP + Win7, because Win8 release will be close by that time or in Beta.

thenonhacker said,

IT'S THE YEAR OF THE LINUEX DESKTPO!!!!

This is why I'll never switch to Linux. Would have to learn a whole new language.