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Windows 7 Claims 33 Percent of Market Share

According to aggregate data collected by StatCounter, Microsoft's latest OS ended May with 33.22 percent of the market. This continues the trend of consistent growth the Windows version has had since its release in October 2009, increasing its share by 1.31 percent for the month of May.

Windows 7's growth has been close to par with the decreasing usage of Windows XP, which, while still leading all OSes on the market, is down to 45.83 percent. XP is scheduled to lose free security update support in April 2014.

Microsoft announced in April that it had sold 350 million licenses of Windows 7, with a majority of these estimated to be on the consumer side. As for enterprise migration, an April survey by Unisys Corp. found that 25 percent of IT professionals were evaluating upgrading  to Windows 7, with only 21 percent of respondents saying their enterprises have already started or finished making the move.

"Organizations discovered for the first time during the Vista era that they actually could skip an upgrade," said Sam Gross, Unisys' vice president for Global IT Outsourcing Solutions, during a recent phone interview with Redmondmag.com. "IT said that we have something that's supportable and works, so we'll just sit this one out."

Third-party vendors have anticipated both the growing trend of Windows 7 growth and the enterprise's reluctance to upgrade, with a handful announcing new migration tools to help the jump from XP to Windows 7 at this year's Tech-Ed.

As for the rest of the OS market, StatCounter numbers show that Windows Vista, while still continuing to lose share, is still in third place with 12.53 percent -- a decrease of 6.93 percent, year-over-year. Both Mac OS X and Linux have remained relatively static, with 6.35 percent and 0.81 percent.

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Sat, Jun 11, 2011 Robert

It is time to move on. XP was fantastic for 10 years...but Windows 7 is so much better, let go of your security blanket and join the big boys.

Sat, Jun 4, 2011 Anonymous

Yes! Artificially. They don't allow OEMs to sell it any more. Without any more copies being sold after 2008, it is holding on to 52% market share today. And clearly if you think can you can an unpatched Windows machine with internet access, then you have no idea of good security. Might as well forget about Windows 7. There is this stupid thinking that moving on is compulsory for fear of getting left behind. Windows XP is an OS with a more productive file manager, taskbar and Start menu than the broken desktop in Windows 7.

Fri, Jun 3, 2011

"artificially"??? What kind of redneck thinking is that? First, you don't need security updates to run XP. BUT, you will need common sense to move on. Do you still drive a car that the tires have fallen off? LOL!

Fri, Jun 3, 2011 Anonymous

XP has been artificially obsoleted. I can't happily keep running XP on my existing PC. Once it stops getting security updates in April 2014, my PC will get infected so in a way Microsoft always forces users to upgrade.

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