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Windows 7 Increases Lead Over XP in October

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Windows 7 continues to dominate market with month-over-month growth.

More consumers have adopted to Microsoft's Windows 7 as its market share once again overtakes XP's.

According to web tracker Net Applications, Windows 7 featured a market share of 44.7 percent in October, representing an increase from September's 44 percent. As for Windows XP, the operating system's share decreased from 41.2 percent to 40.7 percent last month.

Although the 11-year-old XP still boasts a considerable share of the OS market, Windows 7 is slowly starting to take over as the dominant operating system, with the latter having finally taken the top spot in August. A year ago, XP's share stood at 48 percent, with Windows 7 having a market share below 35 percent.

The just-released Windows 8, meanwhile, hasn't made a major impact on the market yet. Net Applications said its pre-launch versions delivered a share of 0.41 percent last month, which was 0.3 percent in September. That said, it should be noted that W8's market share was based before its official launch; three days after its release, the new OS sold over 4 million copies.

Ultimately, Windows dominated the OS market with a share of more than 91 percent. Apple's Mac OS holds a 7.1 percent share, while Linux trails behind with just over 1 percent.

 

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    zubai , November 5, 2012 9:08 AM
    I'm not surprise. As a regular user, the main advantage (at least for me), Windows 7 stability is light-years better than XP. As for Windows 8.. I dunno man.. *smh*
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    Thomas Creel , November 5, 2012 9:37 AM
    I remember the days when Windows XP came out, favorite OS almost instantly. Now Windows 8 and it's not bad ( thinking about upgrading myself ) but it certainly isn't a game changer and shows no real advantage over last generation OS.
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    merikafyeah , November 5, 2012 9:17 AM
    If just XP and 7 already comprise 80+% of the market not including all the other Windows versions still in use, one certainly can't say that Microsoft is doing poorly.
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    zubai , November 5, 2012 9:08 AM
    I'm not surprise. As a regular user, the main advantage (at least for me), Windows 7 stability is light-years better than XP. As for Windows 8.. I dunno man.. *smh*
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    Cryio , November 5, 2012 9:13 AM
    Well, I have Windows on both my PC and laptop, and I advise all my friends and relatives to use it too.

    My two cents though: Most metro apps can be useless on the desktop. Only a select few of them are a bit interesting/usefull, at least, up to this point, and the respective apps being free.
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    merikafyeah , November 5, 2012 9:17 AM
    If just XP and 7 already comprise 80+% of the market not including all the other Windows versions still in use, one certainly can't say that Microsoft is doing poorly.
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    Thomas Creel , November 5, 2012 9:37 AM
    I remember the days when Windows XP came out, favorite OS almost instantly. Now Windows 8 and it's not bad ( thinking about upgrading myself ) but it certainly isn't a game changer and shows no real advantage over last generation OS.
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    Anonymous , November 5, 2012 9:39 AM
    I bought a windows 7 license before the win 8 launch. I intend to upgrade an XP computer with it, but not yet. I bought it just in case win 7 becomes suddenly unavailable. Am i counted as a win 7 user? :) 
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    CaedenV , November 5, 2012 9:46 AM
    Thomas CreelI remember the days when Windows XP came out, favorite OS almost instantly. Now Windows 8 and it's not bad ( thinking about upgrading myself ) but it certainly isn't a game changer and shows no real advantage over last generation OS.

    thats funny, I moved from win2K and absolutely hated XP when it came out. It was litterally 2K with a new interface... and that was it at the time. No added features until the service packs.
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    ojas , November 5, 2012 9:47 AM
    TorpI bought a windows 7 license before the win 8 launch. I intend to upgrade an XP computer with it, but not yet. I bought it just in case win 7 becomes suddenly unavailable. Am i counted as a win 7 user?

    Um, no?
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    tomfreak , November 5, 2012 11:03 AM
    Thomas CreelI remember the days when Windows XP came out, favorite OS almost instantly. Now Windows 8 and it's not bad ( thinking about upgrading myself ) but it certainly isn't a game changer and shows no real advantage over last generation OS.
    not really, if u recall back then its diff NT base kernel vs the win9x actually break more compatibility things than Vista, 7, 8 combined. Yet at the end of the day a few years after that, people finally adopting it. For every major changes in windows we always got people dont like it. If u ask me the least hater is win7 as it is actually FIXED version of Vista. As Vista was bad enough to begin with = make win7 look good.
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    fuzzion , November 5, 2012 11:05 AM
    So let me use logic here

    If XP = Win 7
    Vista = Win 8

    Then
    Win 9 must = Awesome

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    csf60 , November 5, 2012 11:20 AM
    fuzzionSo let me use logic hereIf XP = Win 7 Vista = Win 8Then Win 9 must = Awesome


    I doubt it because they don't seem to be giving up the idea of a touchscreen desktop.
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    tomfreak , November 5, 2012 11:57 AM
    csf60I doubt it because they don't seem to be giving up the idea of a touchscreen desktop.
    not until someone come out a big touch screen replace the keyboard
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    vaughn2k , November 5, 2012 12:30 PM
    fuzzionSo let me use logic hereIf XP = Win 7 Vista = Win 8Then Win 9 must = Awesome

    That is not logic, that is assumption...
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    cookoy , November 5, 2012 12:31 PM
    the headline result is to be expected. what i'm more interested at is the rate of adoption of win8. i know it just launched a few days back, but aside from that 4m sold in first 3 days boast, there seems to be little news on how well win8 is selling. unlike win7 when it first came out.
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    Anonymous , November 5, 2012 12:40 PM
    Wait, wait wait! Didn't Tom's just post an article last week that claimed that Windows XP was at some BS figure like 12% or something? Now Tom's is posting the correct ratios....?

    Man this site confuses the hell out of me sometimes.
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    hang-the-9 , November 5, 2012 12:42 PM
    In other news, cars continue to increase their lead over horses as transportation devices.
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    DroKing , November 5, 2012 1:17 PM
    Article about Win 7 and the picture is of that crappy Win 8. Fail much?
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    DragFire24 , November 5, 2012 2:13 PM
    I just hope Windows 7 will continue to be supported by Microsoft for much more years to come. It's the best and I think it will be the last of its kind. At home and at work, it is awesome.

    Some of my friends like having OSes like Ubuntu and other Linux based OS... But in the end they always have Windows 7 to go back to when they find obstacles on their linux. I tried ubuntu too and all I can say is that it is not bad... but just for a secondary OS if needed.
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    southernshark , November 5, 2012 2:29 PM
    HP Should try to develop a Palm operating system to compete with market share against Linux.
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    clownbaby , November 5, 2012 2:34 PM
    why is this a surprise? Win XP support is about to drop and many many companies are upgrading to 7, which is the logical choice because it's an establishes OS. Besides, windows 8 offers little for the business world. Microsoft would be smart to create a separate OS for the professional world instead of this silly, "app" driven, mickey mouse interface, suburban, ignorant consumer oriented Windows 8 garbage.
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    CaedenV , November 5, 2012 4:24 PM
    fuzzionSo let me use logic hereIf XP = Win 7 Vista = Win 8Then Win 9 must = Awesome

    *sigh* Is this the crap people still believe?

    pre win3.1... there is a reason you never heard of it, they all sucked
    3.1 acceptable at the time, but not an OS 'for the masses'
    -Split into a pro/business line and a home user product line

    Home user product line:
    win95 relative failure due to new interface and dev tools, but it did bring computers from the workplace into the home, so it was transformitave no matter how bad it actuially was
    win98 OK at launch, but win98SE was awesome
    winME sucked so hard it ended the product line

    Business product line:
    Win NT4: better than win3.1, but not exactly a success. Many businesses moved to win95/98 because they were easier to use.
    Win 2000 (win5): Huge success, first time the pro version useful at work and at home
    WinXP: rough start, people hated the new 'cartooney' interface and steep hardware requirements for its day, but the security advantages and hardware support from SP2 made people migrate. People remember post SP2 fondly and forget the relatively rough beginnings it had. XP was not so popular because it was particularly good as much as that it was the first (and only) OS to be sold for a solid 7 years where other versions were sold for only 2-3 years.
    winVista: yep... that was rough. OS itself was generally fine, issue was the transition to a new driver model, bloat of the new interface, and growing pains moving to 64bit architecture.
    win7: huge success selling roughly as many copies as XP, but with 1/2 the time to do it. Literally the same as Vista but with proper drivers, passing the 64bit hurtles, hardware acceleration to get past some of the OS bloat, and hardware in general caught up to what the OS and programs required, specifically in ram usage.


    So what does this tell you? Pre 2000, windows only had 1 success in win98/98SE, one 'acceptable' OS in win 3.1 that got the ball rolling, and a slew of products that were so-so or just bad. They only survived because there was nothing else available. After 2000 everything they made (on the OS front) has been OK or great with the single exception of Vista which was more of a 3rd party issue than an OS issue... but a failure none the less.

    Win8 is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but it is not the next 'Vista' either. It is more like win95. It is a re-education on how to interact more directly with your computing device... but without all the instability and security issues that win95 brought to the plate. Win8's changes had to happen to better support new interfaces (though they still have not gotten speech support right), and cloud services. It is not perfect, but I think people are missing just how transformative these 2 major changes will be to the tech industry.

    At any rate: Thinking that only 'every other OS is good' only shows your own ignorance.
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