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: I don't believe that
by Lennie on Mon 17th Oct 2011 18:45 UTC in reply to "I don't believe that"
Lennie
Member since:
2007-09-22

It is a worldwide average obviously:

http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-ww-monthly-200910-201110

You can choice the country/continent.

Obviously, Africa and Asia are not yet Windows XP past Windows 7. But South America is seems to be getting close.

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RE[2]: I don't believe that
by zima on Mon 17th Oct 2011 23:08 in reply to "RE: I don't believe that"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

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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RE[3]: I don't believe that
by BlueofRainbow on Tue 18th Oct 2011 01:32 in reply to "RE[2]: I don't believe that"
BlueofRainbow Member since:
2009-01-06

I would also concur that the web surfing statistics likely do not reflect the installed based.

Nevertheless, a few interesting twists:

i) Windows 7 has been globally encountered more often than Windows Vista for quite some time. In many areas, OS X is also more prevalent than Windows Vista.

ii) The shift to Windows 7 likely reflects hardware replacement.....the last systems build and sold with Windows XP (not as a downgrade from Vista) are roughly 3-1/2 to 4 years old. As application developers are likely coding for the more recent hardware/software platform, the older XP based systems are felt lagging (or simply breaks down and can't be repaired).

iii) It would be more informative if the statistics could be broken down into the Home vs. Professional versions of Windows XP and the Home/Home Premium vs. Professional/Ultimate versions of Windows 7. This would tell general public vs. corporate base.

iv) The low frequency of encounters of Linux based systems is rather puzzling - maybe the Linux users don't frequent the same sites as the rest of users?

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RE[2]: I don't believe that
by bassbeast on Wed 19th Oct 2011 00:54 in reply to "RE: I don't believe that"
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

I wonder how much of that is piracy? MSFT shot themselves in the foot when they got rid of the $50 HP upgrade option, as I saw many who had never bought a MSFT OS go legit over than deal, when it ended? suddenly it was "Razor 1911 all version pre activated" all over again. BTW Windows 7 is actually easier to pirate than XP! There is a version right now floating around the net that gives ALL versions, from start to ultimate, and it doesn't even need a key!

so frankly it doesn't surprise me that Windows 7 is #1, considering I can go on Craigslist right now and see 6 and 7 year old machines being sold with Win 7 Ultimate on them. That is the easy way to spot the pirate versions BTW, as they ALWAYS seem to go for the most expensive SKU, even when it makes no sense! Who would put a $400 OS on a machine worth maybe $100? stupid pirates that's who.

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