Windows 7 installed on 1 in every 3 PCs in the world

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Windows 7 has been out for almost two years now, and it doesn't come as a surprise to many that it is now running on one in every three computers in the world, according to stats from StatCounter.com.

Windows 7 was released to manufacturing on July 22, 2009, where it was praised by tech journalists all around the globe. Now almost two years later, Windows 7 now has its first Service Pack, and is rapidly growing in market share.

Back in August 2010, Windows 7 managed to overtake its predecessor, Windows Vista, in market share. As Windows 7 still continues to grow, it still needs to overtake its next hurdle, Windows XP - which has been dominant in the operating system market since its release back in 2001. Nearly ten years later, Windows XP still has over 45% global market share.

Since the release of Windows 7, Microsoft has attempted to recreate its image after the Windows Vista disaster, and launch a number of successful products, including Office 2010, Windows Live Essentials, Windows Phone 7, Kinect for Xbox 360 and is now looking to continue its success through Windows 8, Office 15, and rumoured tablets.

Windows 7 currently sits at 33.2%, give or take one or two percent for accuracy, it has become the fastest selling, and fastest growing operating system in history. Based on estimates, Windows 7 could potentially overtake Windows XP this holiday season.

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Heck no. I work mostly on XP computers with 256 - 512 MB RAM all day. I get Vista more than 7. I wish these stats were true for my line of work. I guess I get the 2 in 3 that aren't up to date and that's why I get contacted.

Just wait until the mass XP --> 7/8 migration occurs in 2012-2013 in corporate America. There still has been VERY little uptake there due to bad economy.

Haha the graph They didn't include pirates. I suspect the accurate number would be 2 in every 3 pc, or at LEAST 60% of all computers. It's a super solid OS.

Market share is tricky now-a-days...

I dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 7 and run WinXP and Linux Mint in virtual machines... am I included in all graphs then?

bj55555 said,
Vista is still 2x the install base of OSX. LOL.

If Apple would stop living in the past and allow OS X to be installed on any PC that would probably be different.

I swear, I have this weird feeling that Windows 7 is "that" operating system that will come to dominate the entire world. I really mean this. Two years into release, and it's still growing at a fast rate. Windows 7 looks like another Android situation.

That graph also shows how many comps XP is still installed on and the greater need for a Service Pack4 to be compiled and released in the near future. Last install of XP that I did with a SP3 slip stream had me downloading nearly 100 updates - way too many to not have another service pack which can be released at end of life support.

sava700 said,
That graph also shows how many comps XP is still installed on and the greater need for a Service Pack4 to be compiled and released in the near future. Last install of XP that I did with a SP3 slip stream had me downloading nearly 100 updates - way too many to not have another service pack which can be released at end of life support.

SP4 would never get released at this point of time

you would be lucky if they decided to release update roll-up like Win2000

sava700 said,
That graph also shows how many comps XP is still installed on and the greater need for a Service Pack4 to be compiled and released in the near future. Last install of XP that I did with a SP3 slip stream had me downloading nearly 100 updates - way too many to not have another service pack which can be released at end of life support.

Unlikely, seeing as Microsoft is probably thrilled about this trend. I don't see them going out of their way to make anyone comfortable.

sava700 said,
That graph also shows how many comps XP is still installed on and the greater need for a Service Pack4 to be compiled and released in the near future. Last install of XP that I did with a SP3 slip stream had me downloading nearly 100 updates - way too many to not have another service pack which can be released at end of life support.

This is the point that instead of expecting another SP is to wish for an update package that rolls them together.

It is also time to consider why you are still installing XP, even corporate America if finally moving forward, and very little in use hardware is unable to run Win7 as fast as XP, even a 700mhz 512mb system is faster with Win7 than XP, even with a pre-DX9 video card that uses the XPDM(XP) rendering. The trick is getting people into understanding and believing this and giving it a try. Go to Youtube and look up Win7 running on low end hardware, you can find Win7 running as fast as WinXP on some insane low end hardware, you can also see where the memory and CPU limits hit and XP is still faster. (Let alone even the machines that fall under the Win7 specifications can be easily upgraded with a few parts from ebay for about $20 to make it run Win7 just fine.)

sava700 said,
That graph also shows how many comps XP is still installed on and the greater need for a Service Pack4 to be compiled and released in the near future. Last install of XP that I did with a SP3 slip stream had me downloading nearly 100 updates - way too many to not have another service pack which can be released at end of life support.

Mainstream support for XP ended a long time ago, and I don't think they've ever released a service pack during extended support. I think the only possibility is for an update rollup and even that is looking more doubtful as time goes by.

Windows Live a succes?!? 5 years ago everyone used MSN Messenger, now you rarely see anyone online on Live Messenger...Everyone switched to social network sites...

But with the new WP7 we will probably see an increase in the use of Live Messenger but I am afraid for MS that they are to late with Live Messenger on the mobile phones, I think most people will use the facebook chat and WhatsApp instead of Live Messenger...maybe the integration with Skype can make a difference...?

Johannespreekt said,
Windows Live a succes?!? 5 years ago everyone used MSN Messenger, now you rarely see anyone online on Live Messenger...Everyone switched to social network sites...

But with the new WP7 we will probably see an increase in the use of Live Messenger but I am afraid for MS that they are to late with Live Messenger on the mobile phones, I think most people will use the facebook chat and WhatsApp instead of Live Messenger...maybe the integration with Skype can make a difference...?

Ya cause all the people using Windows Live Messenger for Facebook messaging means it is worthless. Oh wait, it means it is more relevant than it was several years ago. Weird how reality works uh?

As for WP7 phones, Messenger was always planned to be a part of the core hub and OS messaging, since the intitial release didn't coordinate with server side services to support all of this, they instead farmed out Messenger development for the initial release.

If you look at Mango and the next update to WP7 the original concept of a unified messaging Hub exists, including Messenger, no longer requiring a 'messenger' application, as all messaging no matter if it is facebook, SMS, etc is integrated into a seamless experience for the user, so they don't have to even think about what messaging service or 'type' to use for any of their contacts, it just works.

(This is kind of like Windows Live Messenger on the desktop, as it also does the integration thing with Facebook and even SMS, so you just fire off messages and don't have to wonder or even consider if your friend is on facebook on the web site, using a cell phone or using Windows Live messenger itself.)

The addition of Skype integration will be another boom to the integration and consolidation of messaging, and hopefully finally push everyone else to adopt to and start use the standards that were supposed to happen back in the 90s and Microsoft has fought for since that timeframe.

Remember that this is NOT a correct figure. This data comes from a website statistics company. PC's not connected to the internet/with blocked browsing/that aren't used to surf are not included in this figure.

If you add all corporate XP's that block browsing, and all server Linuxes that aren't used to surf etc etc, I'm pretty sure Windows 7 won't be as high at all.

Don't get me wrong, I love Windows 7, but this is just not very relevant data.

Ambroos said,
Remember that this is NOT a correct figure. This data comes from a website statistics company. PC's not connected to the internet/with blocked browsing/that aren't used to surf are not included in this figure.

If you add all corporate XP's that block browsing, and all server Linuxes that aren't used to surf etc etc, I'm pretty sure Windows 7 won't be as high at all.

Don't get me wrong, I love Windows 7, but this is just not very relevant data.


I was gonna say that, most corporations won't be switching from XP anytime soon.

n_K said,

I was gonna say that, most corporations won't be switching from XP anytime soon.
Not sure about that. Nearly every client I have is putting together how to tackle switching to 7. They realize XP is going to die and support will follow. Most companies are aware of that although some of the huge lumbering Goliath companies out there are still very far away (although still planning).

Ambroos said,
PC's not connected to the internet/with blocked browsing/that aren't used to surf are not included in this figure.

You could argue that those computers do not really count anyway.

Ambroos said,

If you add all corporate XP's that block browsing, and all server Linuxes that aren't used to surf etc etc, I'm pretty sure Windows 7 won't be as high at all.

Why would you include server linux into it ?? They didn't include Windows Servers....dumb point IMO

so um are we calling a Mac OSX system a "PC" in this chart? Apple wouldn't like that... if we remove "Mac"'s from this chart how does that change the install rate?


nice to see the year of linux (its what the 100th year now?) finally moving linux above 0.5%... lets throw android in there to artificially make that higher while we are at it... oh and include iOS in the OSX numbers, make them look higher then vista..

SuperKid said,
What are you on about? Mac OS X is an Operating System and its comparing OS's.

I was making fun of the fact it says installed on 1 in 3 PC's and the chart shows OSX included in what Apple calls the "PC" market that chart shows Win7 at 33% of that combined market thus 1 in 3, but OSX has 6% of that..... so to get 33% we have to include OSX in the "PC" market

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,

I was making fun of the fact it says installed on 1 in 3 PC's and the chart shows OSX included in what Apple calls the "PC" market that chart shows Win7 at 33% of that combined market thus 1 in 3, but OSX has 6% of that..... so to get 33% we have to include OSX in the "PC" market

But if the OSX data was taken out as not being a "PC" then the 7 line would be even higher. For instance, instead of comparing 10MM Win 7 machines out of 30MM world wide machines (including Apple), it would be 10MM Win 7 machines out of 28.2MM (30MM less the 1.8MM Apple machines) which would give the Win 7 levels a boost of 2% here (35.4% instead of the original 33.3%). I just threw in these bogus numbers while using the actual percentages but you get the idea.

KavazovAngel said,
The Mac isn't a PC?
nooooo! you silly, its a MAC! how come you didnt knew all along? THE GREAT PROPHET STEVE JOBS will now punish you, by giving you one for free

allwynd said,
nooooo! you silly, its a MAC! how come you didnt knew all along? THE GREAT PROPHET STEVE JOBS will now punish you, by giving you one for free

what is a Mac? .. i know PC is a personal computer ... so Mac's aren't personal computer's, company's items that one's borrow? /s

SuperKid said,
I want to see the blue and yellow cross by the end of this year!!!

Yeah lol, you can see the correlation plain as day. Care to wager a date of convergence?

Soulsiphon said,

Yeah lol, you can see the correlation plain as day. Care to wager a date of convergence?

considering both vista and xp take -3% hit if that trend stay the same

not this year , i wager it would be first week of January 2012

SuperKid said,
I want to see the blue and yellow cross by the end of this year!!!
I want to see a new line going up labelled Windows 8 Beta by the end of this year!!!

SuperKid said,
I want to see the blue and yellow cross by the end of this year!!!

I predict that it will be in five months, so between October and November... assuming that the trend continues.

Meph said,

I predict that it will be in five months, so between October and November... assuming that the trend continues.

You toke vista into account, no?

Soulsiphon said,
I love news articles about me (and my idea)!

Haha. I'm a PC, and Windows 7 was my idea. Now where's my money, Microsoft?

digger1985 said,
Hell yeah! W7, the best OS on the market.

+1
The best OS, period. (so far )
Although, at the time, I am ironically posting this from my Ubuntu computer...

JAB Creations said,
My condolences for those 1/3 unusable computers.

mac/linux fanboy .. hahah ure so jealous you picked the wrong OS again...