Windows 7 overtakes Vista in market share

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In just over a year since its release to manufacturer (RTM), Windows 7 has managed to surpass Windows Vista in total market share worldwide.

According to Statscounter.com, Windows 7 managed to take 20.09% total market share, while Vista has now sunk to 19.41% worldwide. Windows Vista released to manufacturer in November 2006, and shipped to retail in January 2007. Windows 7 managed to surpass Windows Vista in as little as 12 months, even with Vista being released more than two and a half years earlier, selling more than 175 million licenses.

Windows XP still dominates the market with 53.92%, but is quickly declining month-over-month as users are quickly adopting Windows 7. Windows XP has lost as much as 24% over the last year since Windows 7 has been released.

Microsoft's success with Windows 7 began before the product was even widely available. Released in October 2009, the operating system has received praise from consumers, businesses, and the media. In November 2009, Windows 7 managed to surpass Apple's Snow Leopard market share in just two weeks. In early February, it was revealed that Windows 7 had reached 10% market share in just three months.

Not only is Windows 7 a huge success, but Microsoft has seen a big uprising of Internet Explorer 8 use, which is still the most popular web browser on the market. Don't forget that Internet Explorer 9 is just around the corner.

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I have to say it... I liked Vista too I had to make quite a bit of effort to break a computer with vista on it. But i like windows 7's new schtuff. XP was cool about 9 years ago when everybody still loved 98 and/or 2000.

Reading MS fans is always a good laugh. People did not use Vista because of perception. Because of the press. But people do not use other companies products because it sucks of course. Yeah!

It's great to see Windows 7 does well cause unlike Vista it's actually a great product that was ready on launch day. This is coming from someone who bought and used Vista retail (not oem).

Surely this chart just displays simple logic.
As most XP machines in the world are going to be at least 3 1/2 years old, it stands to reason they are by far the most likely to be replaced because of failure or slower hardware.
As Vista machines grow old and die the chart will start to start to dip like XP one.

Let's hope the people and the corporations who upgrade to W7 don't get stuck. On another thought, I think it'd be better if Microsoft consolidated the development of the OSes, like the current server and client branches of Windows.

tooshpz said,
Let's hope the people and the corporations who upgrade to W7 don't get stuck. On another thought, I think it'd be better if Microsoft consolidated the development of the OSes, like the current server and client branches of Windows.

yes, because the one thing windows 7 needs is a bunch of corporate level security/auditing tools and full featured full blown database/web service tools.

and the one thing windows server needs is aero peek.

thealexweb said,
Good to see XP dropping faster than Vista.

It's not dropping faster than XP.

It never was "up" nearly as far ax XP, so it doesn't have to far to fall anyway.

Don't you people get tired of these stories at all? With the release of EVERY ONE of the operating systems, this exact type story has come out. What else do you expect when the newest OS is pre-installed on every Windows computer in the world!!

Have to admit though. Windows 7 is the first OS I've liked out of the box without any complaints at all. Well, except for having to get used to the layout of the start button!!

I wonder if 10 years from now Win 7 will be in the same position as XP is now. Could the world be stuck in a 10 year cycle? Too bad IE 9 didn't ship with Win 7 or all the web devs would be very happy right now.

PostulatedAxiom said,
I wonder if 10 years from now Win 7 will be in the same position as XP is now. Could the world be stuck in a 10 year cycle? Too bad IE 9 didn't ship with Win 7 or all the web devs would be very happy right now.

no chance .

windows 8 would be out in the next two years.

Ci7 said,

no chance .

windows 8 would be out in the next two years.

Very true, but I wonder what the adoption rate will be for an OS only 3 years after 7, unless it features significant improvements over 7 I don't see people dropping more money on it that soon.

of course a lot of folks can now attempt to comment that vista ain't bad as the people thought..

think about it,if windows 7 didn't develop many people will still blame on the issues and simply because some of the hardware couldn't support.Well,during vista the most weird part was where the heck of windows logo is while booting up in the loading screen.It turn out 7 have a nicer look of the logo...mostly vista is like what we said half-baked during the booting without a logo!!

I laughed at the OS X line. No matter how hard Apple tries with their fierce advertising campaign, they still can't sell to any more people.

I wouldn't be surprised if Apple become solely a mobile hardware company like RIM and only sold Smartphones, Tablets, and MP3 Players in the next year or two, far more profit in it for them that way. Seems to be the only thing they are good at it.

SpecialK. said,
I laughed at the OS X line. No matter how hard Apple tries with their fierce advertising campaign, they still can't sell to any more people.

I wouldn't be surprised if Apple become solely a mobile hardware company like RIM and only sold Smartphones, Tablets, and MP3 Players in the next year or two, far more profit in it for them that way. Seems to be the only thing they are good at it.

Well i think A LOT of the reason Apple has no chance against Microsoft's Windows is simply because Windows is 'the standard' because there is LOTS of software etc AND Windows based PC's are MUCH cheaper in general so between being 'the standard' AND being noticeably cheaper it's a no brainer that Apple is pretty much doomed to a small group of people.

about the only area Apple seems to be in great shape is the phone/mp3 type devices market but i think they mostly got lucky on there timing to the mp3 type device market because they got there name established with it and everyone wanted one even though there is stuff that's just as good (or better) but for much cheaper etc.

SpecialK. said,
I laughed at the OS X line. No matter how hard Apple tries with their fierce advertising campaign, they still can't sell to any more people.

I wouldn't be surprised if Apple become solely a mobile hardware company like RIM and only sold Smartphones, Tablets, and MP3 Players in the next year or two, far more profit in it for them that way. Seems to be the only thing they are good at it.

Most people working in media has one so its reached market saturation.

Wow, at that rate, Windows 7 might overtake Windows XP by this time next year. Outstanding news!

And second, Windows 6.x now has nearly 40% marketshare, compared to Windows XP at 54%

I like Windows 7, and my mom uses it on her laptop, but I don't see what specifically was the problem with Vista, I use it on my laptop and it runs perfectly fine.. just my thought.. I don't think Windows 7 is that MUCH superier to vista, but I do believe it is better.

Dale said,
I like Windows 7, and my mom uses it on her laptop, but I don't see what specifically was the problem with Vista, I use it on my laptop and it runs perfectly fine.. just my thought.. I don't think Windows 7 is that MUCH superier to vista, but I do believe it is better.

Exactly. It was all about perception, the press made Vista seem terrible, so users didn't bite. Just like how people have the perception that Ford cars are terrible and unreliable... The Ford Fusion is ranked a solid perfect red circle by Consumer Reports this year, even higher than the Toyota or Honda (not sure which, but one of them).

Perceptions control almost everything.

Dale said,
I like Windows 7, and my mom uses it on her laptop, but I don't see what specifically was the problem with Vista, I use it on my laptop and it runs perfectly fine.. just my thought.. I don't think Windows 7 is that MUCH superier to vista, but I do believe it is better.

I agree Vista didn't really deserve all the bad rep it got. But to say Windows7 is not that superior to Vista would be rather incorrect. Simple test, given the choice of preloading Windows7 or Vista on a PC, which would you choose? The "resons" you'd choose Windows7 should be enough to prove it's superioir. It'd depend which of "your ideas" you see when you use it.

andrewbares said,

Exactly. It was all about perception, the press made Vista seem terrible, so users didn't bite. Just like how people have the perception that Ford cars are terrible and unreliable... The Ford Fusion is ranked a solid perfect red circle by Consumer Reports this year, even higher than the Toyota or Honda (not sure which, but one of them).

Perceptions control almost everything.

Agreed. i also read that not long ago about Ford in general but it seems like people like to make fun of them for not being reliable etc so it's sort of en-grained into people's heads that Ford = bad.

i also totally agree about Vista. i think Windows 7 is better but not by a lot. (only issue i think Vista is better than 7 is that it has a thumbnail cache bug that seems to delete the thumbnail cache randomly and has to rebuild it which is annoying when you got lots of pictures in a folder. (it's a bug in 7 because i read other people having the same issue and it's not because of CCleaner etc as i made sure that's not deleting the thumbnail cache. but there is a fix for it that seems to work but it's something MS should fix but my guess is they probably won't in SP1.

If you look at the history of Windows OSes, they have always tended to come out late, over-budget, and missing features. Going all the way back to Windows 1.0 -- which was supposed to be done end of 1983, but actually came out in 1985. NT 3.1? Very late -- so late that they started out targeting the OS/2 API and had to switch to Win32 halfway. Windows 2000? Late, and also dropped a bunch of features.

Frankly, the Windows group at Microsoft got complacent and undisciplined. It was also lucky -- it was able to get away with it. With Longhorn, this finally caught up with Microsoft. The development reset was a first -- no previous version of Windows had gotten so out-of-control that they had to revert all the code and start over from the previous version.

Windows 7 was the first Windows OS in awhile to come out on-time, on-budget, with the promised features, and responsive to consumer feedback. And if they can keep this up for 8 and 9 and so on, then they will keep doing well.

DJ Specs said,
Yup, stick Vista up there with Windows ME as the 2 worst OS's in history. Windows 7 is excellent.

Funny you say that when the two posts above you say that Vista was far better than XP.

DJ Specs said,
Yup, stick Vista up there with Windows ME as the 2 worst OS's in history. Windows 7 is excellent.

Windows Vista really paved the way for Win7 though.

DJ Specs said,
Yup, stick Vista up there with Windows ME as the 2 worst OS's in history. Windows 7 is excellent.
Speak for yourself, I loved my ME installation.

Pauleh said,
Speak for yourself, I loved my ME installation.

Yep. Basically Windows ME was a grat step forward in comparison with Windows 98SE. It has never been understood.
Windows ME launched in home market the "restore point". It had only some problem with drivers, solved in some months. But in people minds it has been a flop.

DJ Specs said,
Yup, stick Vista up there with Windows ME as the 2 worst OS's in history. Windows 7 is excellent.

Windows Vista isn't even close to the horror that was Windows ME; Windows Vista was rock solid with issues, Windows ME on the other hand was just plain crap.

Pauleh said,
Speak for yourself, I loved my ME installation.

same, I used Me on my main desktop for four years, thats longer than I used XP for.

PostulatedAxiom said,
Windows Vista really paved the way for Win7 though.

That why I think every body that ever got stuck with Vista on their PC, should have receive a free copy of Windows 7.

DaveGreen said,

Windows ME .... But in people minds it has been a flop.

Because at the time it was compare to Windows 2000 which was more solid platform.

rawr_boy81 said,
Windows Vista isn't even close to the horror that was Windows ME; Windows Vista was rock solid with issues, Windows ME on the other hand was just plain crap.

Windows ME isn't even close to the horror that was Windows Vista; Windows ME was rock solid with issues, Windows Vista on the other hand was just plain crap.

Sound better that way.

Captain555 said,

That why I think every body that ever got stuck with Vista on their PC, should have receive a free copy of Windows 7.


Platform Update backport almost everything Windows 7 has to Windows Vista. What's wrong with Windows Vista anyway?

I find it interesting that XP is dropping faster than Vista. I would have thought from all the "Vista sucks" posts that Vista would drop faster. Guess its not as bad as people seem to say it is.

How ever I still fee like 7 was the original goal for Vista, they just couldn't reach it in time due to their code reset. It would be interesting to be able to know what 7 would be if Vista had not been delayed so long.

Epic0range said,
I find it interesting that XP is dropping faster than Vista. I would have thought from all the "Vista sucks" posts that Vista would drop faster. Guess its not as bad as people seem to say it is.

It's because the people that actually have Vista realized that it IS good, unlike the press said.

andrewbares said,

It's because the people that actually have Vista realized that it IS good, unlike the press said.

Agreed. i was using XP for ages then i tried Vista and overall would rather not go back to XP after that.

p.s. for the record though i am on Windows 7 and i would rather not go back to Vista. but at least Vista 'feels' modern unlike XP which is aging quite a bit.

andrewbares said,

It's because the people that actually have Vista realized that it IS good, unlike the press said.


Yup. That's true.

I bet Microsoft is hoping that they hit at least 50% market share for Win7 before Win8. Because everyone who is contributing to that Windows XP market share will be looking for a new OS soon, and they want to keep these people on the Microsoft wagon before they switch to the Google or Apple wagon. Not to mention, more and more people are getting buying computers and devices all over the world, so the market size is increasing as well. Believe it or not, Android, ChromeOS (TBR), iOS, etc. are eating away at the full blown Windows piece by piece.

Epic0range said,
I find it interesting that XP is dropping faster than Vista. I would have thought from all the "Vista sucks" posts that Vista would drop faster. Guess its not as bad as people seem to say it is.

How ever I still fee like 7 was the original goal for Vista, they just couldn't reach it in time due to their code reset. It would be interesting to be able to know what 7 would be if Vista had not been delayed so long.

I'd say most of the Windows XP installations are going to be NetBooks since I still see Netbooks being sold even today with Windows XP preinstalled. I wonder therefore what percentage are upgrading their netbooks to Windows 7 now that Microsoft include a thumb drive installation dodacky.

rawr_boy81 said,
I'd say most of the Windows XP installations are going to be NetBooks since I still see Netbooks being sold even today with Windows XP preinstalled. I wonder therefore what percentage are upgrading their netbooks to Windows 7 now that Microsoft include a thumb drive installation dodacky.

People who bought Netbooks with XP, bought them because they had XP. They are not going to go to Win 7. That's what I see in my store. Plus even if I like Win 7, I would not recommand it on an single-core Atom processor with 1 Gig of RAM, which is what most netbooks have.

As a computer builder, I can tell you, I still sell 3 new PCs with XP pre-installed for every 2 with Win 7. Every business PCs I sell have XP Pro on them.

andrewbares said,
It's because the people that actually have Vista realized that it IS good, unlike the press said.

That's a huge load of BS. Only a very few Power Users with blinders on have ever really love Vista. On most PCs the damn thing was a nightmare.

ThaCrip said,¸

p.s. for the record though i am on Windows 7 and i would rather not go back to Vista. but at least Vista 'feels' modern unlike XP which is aging quite a bit.

Most people don't give a hoot of a heck about the "feels". They want their PC to do the job.

Captain555 said,

That's a huge load of BS. Only a very few Power Users with blinders on have ever really love Vista. On most PCs the damn thing was a nightmare.


Funny how it was great on my nforce3 with 2 gigs, my nforce4 with 4, my laptop, my moms desktop, my brothers laptop....it was so nightmarish in fact that I loved it.

Captain555 said,

That's a huge load of BS. Only a very few Power Users with blinders on have ever really love Vista. On most PCs the damn thing was a nightmare.


Funny how it was great on my nforce3 with 2 gigs, my nforce4 with 4, my laptop, my moms desktop, my brothers laptop....it was so nightmarish in fact that I loved it.

Captain555 said,
Most people don't give a hoot of a heck about the "feels". They want their PC to do the job.
And the feeling of an OS isn't part of doing the job?

Tekkerson said,
I read this in Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth's voice.

Same here, couldn't read it any other way.
Funny how such a trivial phrase can be associated to such a specific... entity.

Humm I read this in Professor Putricide's voice.

"Good news, everyone! I think I perfected a plague that will destroy all life on Azeroth!"

SK[ said,]Humm I read this in Professor Putricide's voice.

"Good news, everyone! I think I perfected a plague that will destroy all life on Azeroth!"


Putricide is supposed to be a rip off of Farnsworth.