Windows 7 finally beats XP, or does it?

Windows 7 finally beats XP, or does it?

Summary: It took its time, but Windows 7 now appears to be more widely used than XP.

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StatCounter shows Windows 7 Beating XP

StatCounter shows Windows 7 Beating XP

It took Windows 7 a little more than two years, but according to StatCounter, the Website analytics company, Windows 7 is now being used by more people than its decade old brother XP.

According to StatCounter's research arm StatCounter Global Stats in October 2011 Windows 7 took 40.5% of global Web market share with XP at 38.5%. Windows Vista, which was meant to replace XP and failed miserably, is down at 11.2% globally.

"Vista was like the ugly sister that few wanted to dance with," said Aodhan Cullen, StatCounter's CEO, in a statement. "Despite Microsoft trying to keep it back in the kitchen, XP has retained tremendous loyalty over the last decade. However, it looks like the younger Windows 7 is now emerging in the Cinderella role."

According to the StatCounter analysis Windows 7 overtook XP in the United States in April 2011 and in Europe in July. However, in Asia Windows XP still retains a clear lead at 55% in October compared to 36% for Windows 7.

Not everyone agrees though that XP is now in second place. NetMarketShare, another Web traffic analysis company, has XP still hanging on to first place with 48.03% of the market and Windows 7 still catching up with only 34.62%. If the delta remains the same Windows 7 won't catch up with XP on NetMarketShare's view until early 2012.

NetMarketShare still shows XP as holding its own.

NetMarketShare still shows XP as holding its own.

StatCounter Global Stats are based on aggregate data collected on a sample of over 15 billion page views per month (4 billion in the US) from their network of more than three million websites. NetMarketShare data collection network has over 40,000 websites, and counts unique visitors once for visit for day. In summary, NetMarketShare's data is compiled from approximately 160 million unique visits per month.

What that means is that StatCounter counts all page views while NetMarketShare looks at single site visits. That in turn imples that very active users of a particular operating system would weigh more heavily on StatCounter's numbers.

Be that as it may, there can be no question that Windows 7, if not the most desktop operating system in the world today, is well on its way to that achieving that position. As for the rest, Mac OS X, according to StatCounter, has broken the 7% mark, 7.18%, and NetMarketShare shows Mac OS X at 5.45%. Linux on desktops still lags far, far behind the others.

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  • Corollaries

    XP is still doing so well signifies that it is good enough for the majority of practical uses. It also shows that M$ has in general failed to provide what users saw as key improvements (fast boot up, efficiency, portability, usability, cost reduction).<br><br>Windows 8 looks set to correct that (we hope) ... but it is amazing that M$ ignored user feedback for so long. That their market has been taken away to an increasing degree by Apple ... well it serves M$ right.<br><br>I wonder how long it will be before the global corporates realise what customers want from The Cloud?
    jacksonjohn
    • It also shows the critics were wrong

      XP wasn't as bad as the critics made it out to be and rather than switch to Linux, people bought/upgraded to Win7.

      That's what gave MS their $.
      otaddy
      • RE: Windows 7 finally beats XP, or does it?

        @otaddy XP was bad when it was released 10 years ago, it was not until service pack 2 that it got better
        mrlinux
      • True. SP2 fixed XP.

        @mrlinux
        otaddy
      • i agree regard i found xp is bettr then vista and think to be better than w

        @otaddy
        rj122059
    • RE: Windows 7 finally beats XP, or does it?

      @johnfenjackson@...
      If 7.6% is a take away, I'm sure Microsoft will donnate that gladly. Cheers!
      eargasm
      • not yet xp is still a leader.

        @windozefreak
        rj122059
    • Right. You always have the spin, johnfenjack$on

      @johnfenjack$on@...

      (The $ is a dead giveaway) ]:)
      William Farrell
      • Well considering your '$pin'

        Not everybody is on board.<br><br><a href="http://technolog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/10/25/8482818-windows-xp-turns-10-still-thrives" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://technolog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/10/25/8482818-windows-xp-turns-10-still-thrives</a><br><br>Even their poll sampling proves you wrong. lol...<br><br>And we also have this...<br><br><a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44872991" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44872991</a><br><br>And by the way, did you know msnbc is a joint affiliate of Microsoft?<br><br>more lol... :D
        ScorpioBlue
    • RE: Windows 7 finally beats XP, or does it?

      @johnfenjackson@... Windows 7 is significantly better in all the areas you mention but as you don't use it, I guess you wouldn't know that.
      bradavon
    • Windows 8 look like the next Vista

      that tiled interface looks like scheisse, good luck!

      <br>@johnfenjackson@...
      GoPower
  • W-7 oversells XP? **NO, WHAY**

    The count of W-7 is rather BOGUS.
    .
    It's not a true count UNLESS you ask the buyers which OS they prefer. Otherwise almost all new PC's will come with W-7 installed. A forced sale is NOT a true count by any means.
    .
    ASK THE CUSTOMER which OS they prefer to buy with there new PC and you will get the true count.
    fm-usa
    • --90% of our PCs still run XP

      @fm-usa

      But that's going to change soon as I replace them with:
      Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Desktops iGel Thin Clients. The iGel SPICE solid state Thin Clients boot their kernel to Linux but the Desktop sessions will be into Windows 7 in the Datacenter running RHEV-h hypervisor memory space.

      Each of those Windows 7 sessions will sit in its own SELinux sandbox.
      Dietrich T. Schmitz *Your
      • Nice

        @Dietrich T. Schmitz * Your Linux Advocate wrote:
        "Each of those Windows 7 sessions will sit in its own SELinux sandbox.

        I'm running one of my virtualized, desktop Linux systems sandboxed in Windows Vista. One can't be too careful with Linux.
        Rabid Howler Monkey
    • Well customers certainly dont want Desktop Linux

      @fm-usa And if Linux runs so great on older hardware, then why are you even considering purchasing a new machine?

      It's not a forced sale. Buy a Mac, or buy a used machine.

      By your logic, dont count my Android phone cause I was forced into buying it!
      otaddy
    • RE: Windows 7 finally beats XP, or does it?

      @fm-usa
      They could have went to a number of OEM and got one with Linux, but they did not. They bought the one on the self with windows installed. Call it what you want!!
      eargasm
    • Right. And no one buys a new PC as they want Windows 7, too

      @fm-usa

      Why is it the anti-MS people always throw out that same tired, old argument like it was factual?

      So a person that wants Windows 7 would never consider getting a new computer at the same time? they all say they want a new computer and will be happy to have what every they are forced to use?

      So that explains why Linux was such a raging success on the desktop?

      Please retire that myth about "people only use Windows because it's forced on them".

      It's such a lame excuse, can't belive people still use it.

      Everyone I ask prefer Windows 7 ove XP.
      William Farrell
    • That reasoning has been proven to be so much FUD

      @fm-usa
      They are purchasing Windows machines, not Linux, not Apple, but WINDOWS machines.

      They have a choice of anyone of them, yet still manage to somehow end up with Windows machines? Could it be that the sales people are [b]forcing[/b] it on users?

      I don't think so. The more practical (and accurate) explanation would be that people are seeking out Windows. Apparently they [b]want[/b] Windows on their system.

      So it would be rather obvious that Windows 7 is a catalyst into purchasing a new machine as they can have the latest hardware [b]and[/b] the latest OS.

      The proof is all there.

      So you assumption that people just buy a machine with no thought to the OS has just been "blown out of the water".
      John Zern
    • RE: Windows 7 finally beats XP, or does it?

      @fm-usa: I imagine the majority of users were happy with Windows XP and are also happy with Windows 7. The general day to day use of both is similar.
      bradavon
    • RE: Windows 7 finally beats XP, or does it?

      @fm-usa <br>What part of the sale is "forced" on the consumer? You can't develop reliable usage statistics by asking someone what they would prefer rather than what they actually use. Heck, ask me whether I prefer a 1995 VW Jetta or a 2010 Mercedes and I'll "prefer" the Mercedes. I "use" the '95 VW, however.
      swmace