Windows 7 takes 10% market share, three months after its release

In its three months since general availability, Microsoft's Windows 7 accounts for 1 in 10 PCs accessing the Internet today according to figures from Net Applications.

In comparison Windows Vista averages at around 20% market share and Windows XP between 60-70%. According to CNET a month after Windows 7's launch it had reached 4% market share, a level that took Windows Vista seven months to achieve.

Microsoft reported a record quarter for Windows units in Q2 2010. Last week, Microsoft officials confirmed they had sold more than 60 million Windows 7 licenses in the second quarter making it the fastest selling operating system in history. Microsoft released Windows 7 on October 22, 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.

Screenshots of a Windows 7 post RTM build have shown up on the web this week fueling speculation that Microsoft is compiling early Windows 8 builds. The successor to Windows 7 will likely be available in 2011 as an ex-Microsoft worker penned July 2011 as the RTM date for Windows 8 last week.

Microsoft is currently readying its first Service Pack for Windows 7. A beta version is expected in June with a public release in September this year.

Image Credit: Net Applications

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no much considering this is THE "most" selling OS in history. haha. I wonder how much will share if they dont sell the os preinstalled...

http://www.netmarketshare.com/report.aspx?qprid=8&qptimeframe=M&qpsp=132

The 6.18% that is Apple and Linux fits in that last 10%, assuming XP is closer to 60% than 70.

Yes but does it have multitasking?

Lets see if I get this straight:

Windows XP = 60-70%
Windows Vista = 20%
Windows 7 = 10%

I add that up to between 90-100%.

But what about the other 115% that are Apple and Linux?

Do you know what would be hilarious though? What if MSFT was to develop a version of W7 that ran on the new toyPad, sold it for $99 and offered to take over Apple's warranty. That would make me laugh.

They must be doing something right when for the first time in years, probably ever, businesses are breaking away from the typical "wait until SP1" rule.

rm20010 said,
They must be doing something right when for the first time in years, probably ever, businesses are breaking away from the typical "wait until SP1" rule.

That interested me too. That was all but set in stone before...

To get the fastest selling operating system in history, just make the worst (for most) in history come before it. Instant winner!

IntelliMoo said,
To get the fastest selling operating system in history, just make the worst (for most) in history come before it. Instant winner!

LOL

(but of course don't agree )

GeeQ said,

LOL

(but of course don't agree )

Me neither. I had no problems with Vista... Most of the issues were the fault of poor application design, not Microsoft at all...

It doesn't say me much since they dominate the market.

Is Vista the most common used operating system (when you buy a new machine) or have they switched it (all of it) for Windows 7...?

Tpiom said,
It doesn't say me much since they dominate the market.

Is Vista the most common used operating system (when you buy a new machine) or have they switched it (all of it) for Windows 7...?


It's nearly (if not entirely) Windows 7 at this point. :)

The faster we can get rid of at least XP the better off we are. I hate using my work computer with XP so much I bought a Macbook Pro for work.

I do hope that they keep improving the user experience on Win8 as much as it was improved on Win7. Obvious targets for improvement would definitely be the horrible program installation/uninstallation and application uniformity.

LaXu said,
The faster we can get rid of at least XP the better off we are. I hate using my work computer with XP so much I bought a Macbook Pro for work.

I do hope that they keep improving the user experience on Win8 as much as it was improved on Win7. Obvious targets for improvement would definitely be the horrible program installation/uninstallation and application uniformity.

What do you mean by "application uniformity"? What are you looking for there?

I agree congratz Windows 7! but I am a little upset to see that Windows 8 is already so close along the way, I feel like I just got Windows 7 and already 8 has a speculated release date in the somewhat near future

I cant wait for Windows 8, i'm so happy with Windows 7 and what MS have done with it, i want to see whats next, right now ha ha.

Hoff1630 said,
I agree congratz Windows 7! but I am a little upset to see that Windows 8 is already so close along the way, I feel like I just got Windows 7 and already 8 has a speculated release date in the somewhat near future

About 2 years, which is the magic number microsoft came across in the 9X era. Vista was a gap *needed gap* but it'll be nice to see constant steady improvement and new features as well as an OS targeting each current generation/tastes in hardware.

Hoff1630 said,
I agree congratz Windows 7! but I am a little upset to see that Windows 8 is already so close along the way, I feel like I just got Windows 7 and already 8 has a speculated release date in the somewhat near future

Well, I'm glad to see that they're back on a normal schedule again... I look forward to seeing what Windows 8 brings of course though...

...people use more windows 7 on the weekends, and use more of other operating systems during the week.

That's interesting.

Beaux said,
...people use more windows 7 on the weekends, and use more of other operating systems during the week.

That's interesting.

not that interesting, considering businesses are slower to adapt, are where most people have the most computer interaction during the weekdays. The fact that it's showing steady growth THERE too IS surprsing though

Great news, but I do have one question. Whats the deal with the peaks and troughs in the graph? I would assume that growth would go up and down, but for % to go down seems strange :-S

Majesticmerc said,
Great news, but I do have one question. Whats the deal with the peaks and troughs in the graph? I would assume that growth would go up and down, but for % to go down seems strange :-S

Indeed, I was just wondering the same thing.

Majesticmerc said,
Great news, but I do have one question. Whats the deal with the peaks and troughs in the graph? I would assume that growth would go up and down, but for % to go down seems strange :-S
The peaks are the weekends, when people use their home computers more. During the week, people use their computers at work with windows xp more.

Majesticmerc said,
Great news, but I do have one question. Whats the deal with the peaks and troughs in the graph? I would assume that growth would go up and down, but for % to go down seems strange :-S

I would assume that at times, XP may have more people online, or vista, or mac os etc which would skew the % of Win 7 up or down on any given day. I think you'd consider the mean over a period of time to estimate marketshare. I could be wrong.

Majesticmerc said,
Great news, but I do have one question. Whats the deal with the peaks and troughs in the graph? I would assume that growth would go up and down, but for % to go down seems strange :-S

its the % of people using windows 7 for browsing. weekdays the use of xp is high since most use it in corporate but reduce in weekends then the windows 7 hikes in %.
this shows that more people using win 7 are consumers and less in corporate.

Fubar said,
wow thats pretty impressive, windows 7 is by far their best os to date heres to it getting better :)

well i like Windows 7 to but i would not say the 'by far' part simply because it's not really true.

if anything i would have labeled that on Windows XP simply because going from Winodws 98 to XP was a much bigger leap forward than XP is to Win7.

98 to XP was a huge leap forward for system stability. XP to Win7 you don't get this big leap.

sure Windows 7 is better in other ways but in terms of stuff 'just working' there was a bigger leap between Win98 to WinXP than any other OS after that.

ThaCrip said,

well i like Windows 7 to but i would not say the 'by far' part simply because it's not really true.

if anything i would have labeled that on Windows XP simply because going from Winodws 98 to XP was a much bigger leap forward than XP is to Win7.

98 to XP was a huge leap forward for system stability. XP to Win7 you don't get this big leap.

sure Windows 7 is better in other ways but in terms of stuff 'just working' there was a bigger leap between Win98 to WinXP than any other OS after that.


1, 7, 10
Which is the highest number?

Edited by RealFduch, Feb 2 2010, 8:49pm :

ThaCrip said,

well i like Windows 7 to but i would not say the 'by far' part simply because it's not really true.

if anything i would have labeled that on Windows XP simply because going from Winodws 98 to XP was a much bigger leap forward than XP is to Win7.

98 to XP was a huge leap forward for system stability. XP to Win7 you don't get this big leap.

sure Windows 7 is better in other ways but in terms of stuff 'just working' there was a bigger leap between Win98 to WinXP than any other OS after that.


You seriously think that WindowsXP is more stable than 7? You made me LOL

Owenw said,

You seriously think that WindowsXP is more stable than 7? You made me LOL
You need to learn to read. He said nothing like that.

Fubar said,
wow thats pretty impressive, windows 7 is by far their best os to date heres to it getting better :)

+1. I can't wait to see what they do with Windows 8 now... LOL

RealFduch said,

1, 7, 10
Which is the highest number?
The question isn't which is the highest number. The question is: Is 10 the highest number "by far"?

The answer is: no. 10 is only the highest number by a little bit. (compared to the difference between the 1 and the 7)

You missed the main point of his post, which is the words "by far".

ThaCrip said,

Winodws 98 to XP ... XP is to Win7.

Why are you missing out entire OS's?

98 -> 2000 -> XP
XP -> Vista -> Win7

Pauleh said,

Why are you missing out entire OS's?

98 -> 2000 -> XP
XP -> Vista -> Win7

Because Windows 2000 was an upgrade of Windows NT 4.0 (a business OS), NOT Windows 98 (a home OS). Windows ME was the placeholder between 98 and XP for home users, and I can say from experience that Windows ME was Microsoft's biggest gaffe ever. It was unstable, whereas 98 was at least half decent; and upgrading critical software on ME resulted in data loss when I tried it, whereas the same upgrades in 98 worked fine. It wasn't until XP when home users had a true upgrade option from 95/98.

As for Vista, one literally had to get a new computer in order to upgrade from XP if the computer was from 2005 or before. Some of the older software and hardware wouldn't work properly, and there were a fair number of initial bugs. Those, along with other factors, resulted in a relatively large amount of resistance to Vista. Windows 7 addressed virtually all of these concerns, including XP Mode in the Pro and Ultimate editions, so home and business users would be more willing to upgrade to Windows 7.

And of course, there is that theory of business users having a tendency to upgrade every other version instead of every version (NT 4.0 directly to XP, and now XP directly to 7).