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: Is this really real?
by zima on Tue 18th Oct 2011 03:17 UTC in reply to "Is this really real?"
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It's barely higher, at 1.5%, in the statistics published by Wikimedia (which, as far as I can tell, has no incentive whatsoever to diminish Linux usage share; indeed, the Linux share there might be slightly higher than average), gathered from all of their projects (you know, Wikipedia and such) (no, not 3.32% - look closer, this includes 1.83% of "Linux Android"; other interesting bit of info: Ubuntu has almost 1/3 of that, and an order of magnitude more than any other distribution)

Yes, we might speculate about effects similar to how corporate machines, and such, are less visible in web stats (which most likely still makes WinXP number one - heck, I wouldn't be horribly surprised if this still makes XP a majority, as in "50+%") - but even with all the public, school, or corporate here and there deployments, it shouldn't be much higher. Probably 2% at most, maybe 3.

Though, interestingly, Steve Ballmer seemed to think not a long time ago ( ) that it's closer to 5 or 6%... (maybe most of deployed desktop Linux machines are really under-represented in web stats)

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