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Windows 7 Usage Passes All Versions of Mac OS X

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Windows 7 users outnumbering those on Macs.

The overwhelming majority of the market uses Microsoft Windows, so it should come as no surprise that Windows usage this past weekend was higher than that of Mac OS X. The interesting stat, however, was that Windows 7 usage surpassed all versions of Mac OS X combined.

According to tracking firm Net Applications, Windows 7 commanded an average of 5.07 percent usage last Saturday and Sunday. The growing slice of market share was enough to move past the 5 percent that Apple held across all its current versions of OS X for that week.

"It's safe to say that Windows 7's daily share did peak above Mac's weekly share," said Vince Vizzaccaro, executive vice president at Net Applications, according to Computerworld.

Looking at Window 7's full week average, which started out lower than numbers attained over the weekend, Mac OS X still led ahead by nearly a percentage point. Windows 7's week averaged at 4.15 percent usage. Vizzaccaro believes that the growth of Windows 7 will mean that it'll soon leave OS X behind.

"Certainly, the trend line shows Windows 7 will surpass Mac share soon," he predicted.

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    rippleyhakd , November 25, 2009 8:03 PM
    Took a month, to pass ALL MAC OS X.. Impressive considering that this is still a new OS, that WIN7 has not even began a corporation rollout, (still have IT people learning it), AND on top of that, NEW machines with the OS are just not becoming more and more prevalent. And this is >1 year penetration from apple. Fanboys just make my day..
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    nicklasd87 , November 25, 2009 9:16 PM
    I have been nothing but impressed with Windows 7. It still has yet to crash from a problem unrelated to over clocking. It even survived moving the boot partition from my spare drive to my main drive (installed where my old vista partition was). The only sad thing I can think of is my Dad just went out and bought a 13" MAC...I feel like I have failed as a son...oh well, his loss.
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    rpmrush , November 25, 2009 7:54 PM
    Yup, have been using it. I'm surprised it's not higher. As soon as businesses start adopting it, Win 7 will sky rocket.
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    rpmrush , November 25, 2009 7:54 PM
    Yup, have been using it. I'm surprised it's not higher. As soon as businesses start adopting it, Win 7 will sky rocket.
  • 28 Hide
    rippleyhakd , November 25, 2009 8:03 PM
    Took a month, to pass ALL MAC OS X.. Impressive considering that this is still a new OS, that WIN7 has not even began a corporation rollout, (still have IT people learning it), AND on top of that, NEW machines with the OS are just not becoming more and more prevalent. And this is >1 year penetration from apple. Fanboys just make my day..
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    city_zen , November 25, 2009 8:11 PM
    Vista's next (currently, Vista: 18% - Win 7: 5 %)
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    waikano , November 25, 2009 8:26 PM
    No surprise really, People don't want Vista and 7 is the first decent choice of Windows since XP. And that was 8 years ago. How long did it take Vista to reach that achievement? Anyone?
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    waikano , November 25, 2009 8:28 PM
    http://cybernetnews.com/vista-vs-mac-os-x-market-share-comparison/

    Looks like 6 or so months.
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    tpi2007 , November 25, 2009 8:38 PM
    Christmas is coming... within a month OS X will be far behind.
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    warmon6 , November 25, 2009 9:05 PM
    Now what was that apple about pc users switching to macs? this seams to prove them wrong. :lol: 
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    hakesterman , November 25, 2009 9:07 PM
    People didn't want Vista because it got a unfair bad name early. I've had Vista for three years and it has done an outstanding job for me. It crashes far less than XP did, it was easier to use than Xp and it has more options than XP. Windows 7 is just a deluxe version of Vista, most of the Vista drivers work in Windows 7 because it is Vista deluxe. The media couldn't bad mouth Windows 7 enough this time to keep it down because everyone has worn tired of Xp. So when you fire up your new Windows 7 just think you could of had this two years ago if you didn't listen to all the negative crap and just tried it.
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    7amood , November 25, 2009 9:07 PM
    kartuSo, what does it make "a decent choice" again? Is it again "much faster"?

    not faster but... to be honest, as I jump from XP to 7 I can finally say that I have something new to look at.
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    p05esto , November 25, 2009 9:12 PM
    Vista 64 is rock solid for me, just a powerhouse. I have no bugs or complaints at all with it (once I disabled UAC anyhow). I like Vista better than Win 7 at the moment...the start menu and lack of the classic interface is a biggie for me, I just like the simplicity better. Why did Win 7 remove that? I don't get it, couldn't have been that big of a deal to offer a choice in that regard.
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    wira020 , November 25, 2009 9:14 PM
    kartuSo, what does it make "a decent choice" again? Is it again "much faster"?


    Why does people compare a very slim n basic OS to a full blown functional (more features) , flashy yet still in the slim margin, better and beautifully done OS in speed??? Win 7 is better and only lose in term of boot up times ( a few seconds wont make u feel any different) ... get over it...
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    nicklasd87 , November 25, 2009 9:16 PM
    I have been nothing but impressed with Windows 7. It still has yet to crash from a problem unrelated to over clocking. It even survived moving the boot partition from my spare drive to my main drive (installed where my old vista partition was). The only sad thing I can think of is my Dad just went out and bought a 13" MAC...I feel like I have failed as a son...oh well, his loss.
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    p05esto , November 25, 2009 9:24 PM
    Poor guy nicklas87, I feel for you.
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    3ul , November 25, 2009 10:10 PM
    powerbaselx"Windows 7 usage surpassed all versions of Mac OS X combined."I don't get it... really.What kind of benchmark is this and what exactly does it measure?Frankly the only surprise i got was to know that MacOS was leading in someway ahead of ALL Windows, especially Windows XP!!Now, honestly, this measure and this news is really ridiculous, no matter what OS we're talking about.


    You are talking bullshit...
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    rockstone1 , November 25, 2009 10:13 PM
    3ulYou are talking bullsh1t...


    Bullsh1t isn't the word... insanity is. This IS news.
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    tipoo , November 25, 2009 10:21 PM
    I have now contributed to 4 of those windows 7 installations, what about you guys?
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    sylvia648 , November 25, 2009 10:42 PM
    One install, but more to come once I buy some spare buys after the new year. Might get that cheapo laptop from Best buy on black Friday though, and that has windows 7 on it.
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