Windows 7 Marketshare Jumps Past 3 Percent

Windows 7 has officially been a part of the worldwide mass market for more than a week and a half and now makes up more than 3.6 percent of all PCs tracked by research firm Net Applications.

Net Applications tracks OS usage statistics through information reported by internet browser software. On October 21, the day before the official launch, Windows 7 usage was at 1.89 per cent, according to Channel Register. By launch day, the number hit 1.99 per cent, constantly rising to 3.67 percent it hit on November 1.

Throughout October,  various versions of Windows made up 92.52 percent of the browsing market, with Mac OS X taking 5.27 per cent, and Linux at 0.96 percent.

Despite the steadily growing Windows 7 share, Microsoft's OS as a whole have been falling as Windows had nearly 94 percent of the market in December 2008. Share of Mac OS X and mobile browsers appears to have modestly risen in its place.

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  • Caffeinecarl
    Give it a couple weeks and we'll be ahead of the Mac! Sorry, somebody had to say it.
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  • kresso
    Hooray, Linux is almost 1%, that's me!
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  • fooldog01
    lashabaneLinux only has 0.96% of the market share? I honestly thought there were more Linux users out there.


    All things considered, 1% is a pretty decent number of people. If 2 billion computers are being accounted for then that is 20 million people using Linux distros. Granted its a small share of the market but still a sizable group of people. What is more stunning to me is that Apple only has 5% compared to Linux's 1% and look at how ridiculously in your face Apple is with their advertising. I guess I thought MacOS was closer to 10% by now but it's probably just because I can't go 30 seconds watching TV without seeing one of those ridiculous Mac ads.
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  • lashabane
    Linux only has 0.96% of the market share? I honestly thought there were more Linux users out there.
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  • kresso
    Hooray, Linux is almost 1%, that's me!
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  • doomtomb
    Only 3 percent of the market share? What about all the computers bought that have free Windows 7 upgrades.
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