Windows 7 Grows to 25% Market Share (XP Drops to 50%)

There can be no doubt that, just over a year after its release, Windows 7 has been a resounding success for Microsoft and has helped the company avoid the economic downturn completely.  Within three months after its launch the new OS had achieved 10% market share.  One year on and that’s sitting at 25% according to figures released today by StatCounter.

It’s not just picked up market share at the expense of Vista either.  Windows XP has seen the largest drop in market share from almost 65% at the beginning of this year down to 50% today.  Vista has dropped from around 23% in January to 16%.

It’s also interesting to not that the market share for Mac OS X and Linux has flatlined all year with OS X on around 5% and Linux around 1%.  Despite the best efforts of Apple to grow market share this year they haven’t been successful though their most recent OS release early in the year was lacklustre and poorly received.  Windows 7 has not been able to cut into Apple’s market share.

This would reinforce data throughout the year that showed Microsoft was selling a record number of retail copies of Windows 7, far more than any version of Windows before it, while PC sales worldwide have been down.

With the first service pack for Windows 7 due in Q1 2011, we can expect this figure to grow far more in the next year as businesses and corporations make the switch, and these increases will be at the expense of Windows XP which should be on 25% to 30% market share by the end of 2011.

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5 Responses to Windows 7 Grows to 25% Market Share (XP Drops to 50%)

  1. anonymous December 9, 2010 at 9:43 am #

    Windows 7 is just like Vista. Tons of features removed and broken. Poor usability. See and Unnecessary GUI changes. It would be much more intelligent (and probably much harder to do) innovation to improve Windows without changing the GUI. But changing the cosmetics has mainly one purpose: to conceal, that nothing really new happened.

    • chieftain20 December 9, 2010 at 9:53 am #

      Yes even if they removed that, it doesn’t mean that it was unnecessary. People just need to get used to change and stop complaining about something new when they are using an 13yr old OS.

      Two of the best features I can think of is its simple usability, and DX11 😉 so as long as you have a card for it. I know I do.

      • Anonymouse December 9, 2010 at 10:25 am #

        Funny song only For you!! “Google it!!”

        The future is now, forget the past
        The presence gone until the morning light
        Outrageous mindblowing nightmares end up
        In the neverending fight

        The future is now, forget the past

    • Anonymouse December 9, 2010 at 10:21 am #


      Turn off some of Visual Effects!!
      Add virtual memory Custom!!
      Disable most or all of startup in msconfig!!!
      Also turn on High performance under power options!! “look at more options”
      if you have old computer get rid of it!! ” Get lintel i5 with sata with ddr3 ram or better!! ”

      Go even Crazy put SSD on you new computer!!!

      Complain after that~!!!

  2. Mr. G December 10, 2010 at 11:50 am #

    Hey, I have an idea! Why don’t we present only one side of an issue?

    Just kidding. Honestly, looking through those feature lists, I see maybe 1 or 2 things that I might miss.. until I figure out another way to accomplish the same task.

    And here’s the other side of the issue:

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