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Windows 7: Latest OS share data shows Windows still dominating in PCs


02 Apr 2013   #1

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Latest OS share data shows Windows still dominating in PCs

Remember this is the present statistics while XP, Vista, 7, as well as 8 pcs are still being used. This could rapidly change however once 7 and the previous versions are no longer supported if ...?

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Latest OS share data shows Windows still dominating in PCs

Summary: The latest monthly OS share numbers from NetMarketShare show few surprises. XP continues to slide, Windows 8 is very slowly gaining traction, and Microsoft still dominates usage in the declining market for traditional PCs. But the numbers show a few unexpected trends.

By Ed Bott for The Ed Bott Report

April 1, 2013 -- 16:15 GMT (09:15 PDT)

It’s the beginning of a new month, which means it’s time for a new batch of data from NetMarketShare on the usage share of desktop operating systems. Not coincidentally, that also means it’s time for the tech blogosphere to stare at the numbers for a few microseconds, deliver some snap judgments, and move on to the next shiny thing.

I prefer to dig a little deeper. Minor changes in monthly usage shares are mostly noise. It’s the trends that matter more. And because I’ve been collating these monthly figures at regular intervals for the past six years, I have that trend data close at hand, in handy graphical format.




The number that every other tech reporter will focus on today is the share for Windows 8. If you read that Windows 8’s share of usage is up to 3.17 percent, give that reporter a failing grade. The actual number is slightly higher, because you have to add in 0.12 percent for Windows 8 Touch and another 0.02 percent for Windows RT Touch (which NetMarketShare lumps into the Windows 8 bucket). At the current trajectory, Windows 8 is likely to pass 10 percent share by its first birthday this fall.
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02 Apr 2013   #2

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I find the sudden and abrupt flat-lining of Windows 7 on that graph awkward and suspicious.
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02 Apr 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

7 wasn't "flat lining" but on the upward trend when you examine the color for each OS. 7 being green or I should say "in the green"! 8 was down at the bottom along with OS X there while XP was on the largest downswing out of all of them having an intersect with 7.

Seeing the latest Windows at the bottom would have to be 8 since people were far more anxious about Vista at first but 7 prevailed! The supposed downward trend for 7 has yet to be proven however as far as gaming is concerned. Windows 7 Starts Losing Users as Gamers Embrace Windows 8 - Softpedia

I was a little taken to see one old 2001 would still go on and run on the 8 Preview builds but wouldn't rush to replace 7 at all. Notice that one is solely based on one source's findings of who using which OS is far from representing all gamers! In fact 8 is falling behind even more! http://news.softpedia.com/news/Windo...S-341869.shtml
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02 Apr 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I'm referring to how Windows 7 suddenly flat-lines upon release of Windows 8 on that graph. Barring a proper explanation for that, I find it hard to believe that all sales of Windows 7 would suddenly end since there's lots of talk of people still wanting 7 over 8 and 7 is still being sold.
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02 Apr 2013   #5

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Windows 7 sales "flat-lined" since there was probably no OEM Windows 7 machines available to purchase.
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02 Apr 2013   #6

Windows 8.1 x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview
 
 

I know that this report is to show the variation in desktop OS usage. However as the basis for the figures is the net access from the devices concerned, I would prefer to see a complete picture.

A major proportion of net access is not now from desktop systems, but from mobile devices, it would be useful to see if and by how much changes in the mobile market affect these figures, I would imagine that increases in mobile net access would affect the access figure for desktops.

Is this a linear relationship, or is one desktop OS suffering more than others?

for example I now access the net when away from base from a tablet or phone, rather than the netbook I used to use, this device is still used and runs Windows 7 but will be missing from the recent figures - How many other similar access changes are there hidden in the statistics reported
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02 Apr 2013   #7

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The thing that strikes me?
Windows 7 at release had as much traffic as Win 8 6 months after release!
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02 Apr 2013   #8

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by King Arthur View Post
I find the sudden and abrupt flat-lining of Windows 7 on that graph awkward and suspicious.
Hi there
"Seemples" -- since PC's are now sold with W8 pre-installed and for most people (unlike those on these forums) trying to source a Retail copy of Windows 7, uninstall W8 and install Windows 7 isn't what those sorts of consumers would do -- also there are still a few driver issues with Windows 7 - especially if you are buying PC's / laptops that often have "Generic" type components inside them rather than the Manufacturers Branded ones. At least a laptop with a pre-installed OS will have all the required drivers installed etc.

The UPGRADE market is also very small now as most computers are quite sufficient to last for a good few more years yet.

Cheers
jimbo
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02 Apr 2013   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Since 8 doesn't see the need for newer better hardwares like more ram then Vista was in need of when the previous was first released on OEMs only running 512mb, 1gb of memory the existing hardwares only need updated driver sets. Unlike the gap between Vista and XP being another problem not seen since 7 drivers will tend to work on 8 like Vista drivers will work on 7 there's another item to note.

The MinWin kernel solved the need for newer and better hardwares required as well as the general slump in the economy overall would explain why even those machines desktops or laptops still found with 7 on them are no longer moving as fast. Plus after this amount of time since 7's launch in Oct. 2009 far more are no longer in need of new machines having already updated their OS from XP or Vista to 7.

The idea that 7 sales are now tanking or flatlining would seem that way since the majority of new pc buyers have already made the move into 7 if needing a new pc in the last few years. Likewise with any new version after 3-4yrs. time the volume of sales will automatically drop off to the greater extent especially for those who custom build and bought the 7 retail full or upgrade media and only need to move the OS onto a new set of hardwares such as a new case they put together.

The math part is easy to figure when looking at these types of factors. XP obvious now 12yrs. old is tanking in nose dive manner being too old for most to consider plus a dying version that will soon no longer see any support just like 2000, ME, Legacy all went the way of the dinosaur for most in years past.
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04 Apr 2013   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by King Arthur View Post
I find the sudden and abrupt flat-lining of Windows 7 on that graph awkward and suspicious.
Hi there
"Seemples" -- since PC's are now sold with W8 pre-installed and for most people (unlike those on these forums) trying to source a Retail copy of Windows 7, uninstall W8 and install Windows 7 isn't what those sorts of consumers would do --
Cheers
jimbo
I agree Jimbo. A lot of people wouldn't even realize they could do that, let alone go to the extra expense of buying Windows 7 in addition to the computer purchase.
The last I heard, Dell had a few models you could get with 7, but I don't think HP ever offered 7 after the W8 launch.
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