Linked by David Adams on Mon 17th Oct 2011 17:29 UTC, submitted by Debjit
Windows Well, its not official yet, but Microsoft's Windows 7 has now become the most widely used operating system. . . Windows 7 now has a strong 40.21% share of all desktop operating systems around the world whereas, the usage share of Windows XP has slipped to 38.64%. All this happened a couple of days back (in October). The rise in usage of Windows 7 and the drop in usage of Windows XP has been consistent since the time Windows 7 was first launched.
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RE[2]: I don't believe that
by zima on Mon 17th Oct 2011 23:08 UTC in reply to "RE: I don't believe that"
zima
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I doubt it, when it comes to "installed base" - it's not the same as visibility in web stats!

For one, corporate desktops are probably under-represented in such statistics, not so visible. Or: users of fairly new Win7 machines ought to be among the most active on the web - most likely more than those who don't bother to upgrade (and/or have weak connectivity, or almost none at all)

Also, Statcounter probably reflects a bit too much the usage on "global" sites - which are somewhat more likely to be visited by EN-capable and more affluent (etc., hence also more likely to have newer PC) people. Or at least that's the only good reason I can see for discrepancy with my local web stats company, which probably better reflects the statistics of country/region-exclusive websites: http://ranking.pl/en/rankings/operating-systems.html - WinXP 51.4%, Win7 31.5% (vs. http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-PL-monthly-200910-201110 WinXP 48.8%, Win7 34.3)

Yes, just a difference of very few points - but that's still in one of the more prosperous places; more than most. Worldwide, it should add up.

The discrepancy indeed seems to become more pronounced the more impoverished a given place is: http://ranking.by/en/rankings/operating-systems.html WinXP 68.2% & Win7 27.6%, vs. http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-BY-monthly-200910-201110 WinXP 63.5% & Win7 32.3%
...and Belarus is still quite decent.

Edited 2011-10-17 23:13 UTC

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