Windows 7 Market Share Continues to Grow, Eats Into Vista and XP Market Share
Article by George Norman
On 10 Dec 2010
The good thing about Windows 7 is that, it is better than previous Windows versions, and that was reflected in all the positive media coverage the operating system (OS) got – before and after it was rolled out to the masses in October 2009. Computer user took a shining to the OS and many of them upgraded to Windows 7.

Within three months after the launch of Windows 7, the operating system achieved a 10% market share. According to figures released by StatCounter earlier this week, the Windows 7 operating system has achieved a 25% market share. While Windows 7’s market share has gone up, Vista’s and XP’s has gone down.


If back in January Vista had a market share of 23%, it now has a market share of 16% – that’s a 7% drop. The old Windows XP operating system lost double the market share Vista lost this year. Its market share in January was of 65%; now it is of 50%. What conclusion do I draw from looking at these numbers? That people are realizing they need to leave the outdated XP behind and get with the times, get Windows 7, which is Microsoft’s latest and greatest operating system.

As a little side note, the figures released by StatCounter reveled that Mac OS X’s and Linux’s market share remained unchanged throughout the year, Mac OS X at about 5% and Linux at about 1%.

This is a clear indication that Windows 7 did not dent its rivals’ market share; it is eating into the market share of Vista and XP.

Getting back to Windows 7, over the course of 2010, Redmond-based software giant made public the number of licenses it managed to sell.

Microsoft announced back in January that it sold more than 60 million Windows 7 licenses (and made a profit of $6.66 billion, which some have called devilishly high). Then in March, Microsoft announced that the number of Windows 7 licenses it sold went up and over the 90 million mark. Then in April, precisely 6 months after the launch of Windows 7, Microsoft announced that it sold more than 100 million Windows licenses. Then in June Microsoft announced it sold more than 150 million Windows 7 licenses.

In October, on Windows 7’s first anniversary, Microsoft announced that it sold more than 240 million Windows 7 licenses. Microsoft also announced at the time that Windows 7 powers 93% of new consumer PCs.

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, Windows 7, Vista, XP, Market share
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