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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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