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Win 7 Bigger than XP

Windows 7 is finally bigger than XP -- a feat that took a full three years and the looming threat of XP support ending to reach. Not to mention the fact that virtually all new PCs sold are with Win 7. And for Windows, it works pretty well -- not perfect, but pretty well.

My guess is it will take Windows 8 far longer than three years to unseat Windows 7 -- it is that much of a switch.

When I moved from XP to 7 I didn't notice a huge change, and the learning curve was minor. Not so with 8, which forces a dramatically different interface on users and really requires a touch screen for truly comfortable experience, at least that's what you all tell me.

As of last month Win 7 was on nearly 43 percent of PCs, with XP on just over 42 percent -- neck and neck. Vista has a paltry 7 or so percent, about equal to the Mac. Linux brought up the rear with around 1 percent. That thing is growing about as fast as Snooki's bookshelf.

Posted by Doug Barney on 09/07/2012 at 1:19 PM

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Reader Comments:

Fri, Sep 7, 2012 Ken McAvoy Melbourne , Victoria , Australia

The better question to ask is why XP is still commanding 42 % of market share after 3 years. Surely that tells you that an awful lot of users are happy with XP - see no reason to change now or for the forseeable future.Indeed if you factor in that XP has not been available on new PC's for most of the past 3 years its an unfair comparison. It assumes end users would have in all cases chosen W7 over XP which I believe to be a false assumption anyway. The whole notion of fanning the flames of W7 and W8 is based on Microsoft making money - nothing more or less. The bigger problem for technology going forward is its all getting stale , expensive and becoming over regulated and there is nothing new or exciting enough being developed that is of significant interest. There may be the odd product here or there capturing a niche market (like in the medical profession where some developments have been good) but how many versions of Office do I need before eventually I say enough is enough. Computers were initially designed to save us time and money. Today they do neither and the "Personal" in Personal Computer disappeared years ago.

Fri, Sep 7, 2012 Dan Westervelt United States

Doug, if anybody, anywhere, thinks businesses are going to jump to Win 8 from Win 7, they are sadly mistaken. If they think they will jump from XP to Win 8 (instead of Win 7) they are probably wrong also.

Fri, Sep 7, 2012 Thomas Lee UK

Doug - I doubt Win8 will ever overtake Win7. It's too disruptive and for the corporate customers the bi-polar interface is too much of a turn off. Corporate customers can use WIn7 for years and I suspect will do - writing WIn8 off. I think WIn8 will be like DOS4, Windows BOB, ME and Vista - OSs that the market will pass over. Bring on Windows 9.

Fri, Sep 7, 2012 Marsh Austin, TX

Windows 8 should go significantly faster than Windows 7 .... it will be deployed on alot more devices than just desktop / laptop pcs. Part the drag of window 7 was the decline in desktops and laptops. The addition of mobile devices should pick up the implemenation and adoption of Windows 8.

Fri, Sep 7, 2012 Aare

My biggest reason not to switch to W7 was in desktop where they (MS) combined and messed up quick launch bar and task bar, and Control Panel, where almost nothing stayed where it belongs. I have task bar with two rows of buttons almost full most of time and quick launch bar with about 50 items on it, and cramming them into one is just counterproductive for me. The rest I don't really care about, it does not get in my way.

Fri, Sep 7, 2012 Marcello

One easy fix to make the learning curve virtually non existent is adding the start button back via e.g. and just use the regular desktop of Windows 8. If you don't have a touch device there is absolutely no benefit to the metro interface. But nobody is really forcing you to use it...

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