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Windows 7 is Finally More Popular Than Vista

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Congratulations, Windows 7, as you've passed your predecessor in user share in July.

According to web analytics firm Net Applications, share for Windows 7 was at 14.46, while Windows Vista was at 14.34. This marks the firs time that Windows 7 usage had been greater than that of Windows Vista, perhaps a sign of those on the older OS upgrading or getting new machines.

Windows XP, however, remained the dominant Microsoft OS with 61.9 percent of the share – more than all other Windows operating systems combined.

Microsoft still has a stranglehold on the operating system market, though, with 91.3 percent.

Apple, despite its huge success on mobile devices, experienced another slide in Mac OS X for the fourth month straight, which now sits at 5 percent.

Amongst hardcore gamers who use Steam, however, Windows 7 64-bit is the most popular OS. For July it captured 30.32 percent of the market, just squeaking by Windows XP 32-bit at 30.17 percent.

The distant third and fourth on Steam went to Windows Vista 32-bit at 13.92 percent and Windows 7 32-bit at 11.54 percent.

(Sources: Computerworld, Tech Report.)

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    eklipz330 , August 3, 2010 5:19 AM
    i may sound crazy, but i am completely fine with this chokehold microsoft has on the OS market. I love win7, and as long as they keep up with the goodies, they can keep that chokehold.
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    JOSHSKORN , August 3, 2010 5:23 AM
    Windows 7 is the greatest OS, ever. Unlike anything from Apple, it actually runs the programs you want. No, I don't work for Microsoft. :) 
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    xtc28 , August 3, 2010 6:00 AM
    Hmmmmm .... Well I for one will cry the day XP croaks!!!
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    eklipz330 , August 3, 2010 5:19 AM
    i may sound crazy, but i am completely fine with this chokehold microsoft has on the OS market. I love win7, and as long as they keep up with the goodies, they can keep that chokehold.
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    JOSHSKORN , August 3, 2010 5:23 AM
    Windows 7 is the greatest OS, ever. Unlike anything from Apple, it actually runs the programs you want. No, I don't work for Microsoft. :) 
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    amnotanoobie , August 3, 2010 5:52 AM
    As much as we want to cast out XP, it still does the job for most people who do not know how to reformat their PC. Though the current adoption rate seems to be going faster than XP (though I don't have a source for that).
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    agnickolov , August 3, 2010 5:57 AM
    Then I'm in deep Steam minority with Vista 64 Ultimate. I'd upgrade if only Microsoft had provided a fair upgrade path for Vista Ultimate users...
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    Azriel4444 , August 3, 2010 5:58 AM
    Ehhh... I'll wait little longer to upgrade. Vista Ultimate 64 bit works fine for me at the moment. Not that I am in denial over 7 being better. Just can't justify the price to upgrade.
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    xtc28 , August 3, 2010 6:00 AM
    Hmmmmm .... Well I for one will cry the day XP croaks!!!
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    xtc28 , August 3, 2010 6:00 AM
    Maybe not ;) 
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    wikiwikiwhat , August 3, 2010 6:21 AM
    Quit double posting, especially when you have no clue what you're talking about and can't freaking spell. If every article was to invoke innovation then none of these writers would have a job. They just report whats up in the tech world.

    Anywho, I love XP but now I love Win 7 even more.
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    iqvl , August 3, 2010 7:05 AM
    Windows 7 wouldn't be as popular as it is if there were not many important features, such as Trim(for SSD) and DX11, not supported by the extremely outdated XP. IMO, XP is the best OS DISREGARDING THE NECESSARY NEW FEATURES on windows 7. I hope that Microsoft can write a new OS based on XP core with all features in windows 7 implemented.
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    Tamz_msc , August 3, 2010 8:06 AM
    Congrats to Microsoft for Windows 7 and congrats to all the Windows 7 owners.

    On the other hand
    Quote:
    Apple, despite its huge success on mobile devices, experienced another slide in Mac OS X for the fourth month straight, which now sits at 5 percent.

    I must also congratulate Apple for their failure.
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    Tamz_msc , August 3, 2010 8:07 AM
    Great for Microsoft.
    And even greater for Apple./sarcasm
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    alert101 , August 3, 2010 8:31 AM
    I do have Win 7 on my laptop and on a Vmware virtual machine I use for programming, so I am familiar with the OS. I haven't really experienced anything "special" that would require me to upgrade my primary computer. Vista 64bit works just fine for me. Been thinking about upgrading but as MS didn't provide a reasonable upgrade path for Vista users I've put off with it for now.
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    rohitbaran , August 3, 2010 8:55 AM
    Still, it has much to cover up before it catches up with XP, the OS that simply refuses to die. :) 
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    back_by_demand , August 3, 2010 9:15 AM
    ag2twinsWOW!!! I'm so glad you wrote this article it is overflowing with inovation and definitely shows how Microsoft has not lost it's edge. I mean the way you captured how their horrible OS has lost users to their less horrible OS, that is the epitome of inovation.

    Horrible to less horrible. Hmm.
    Can you even bring yourself to say that they are improving or getting better?
    Probably not, even to admit it was less horrible must have been like pulling teeth.
    If the user base is higher for Windows 7 in the more technically capable segment of hardcore Steam gamers what does that say about what Windows 7 actually delivers, because the same old tired arguement about idiot customers who dont know anything being duped into buying something they dont know just doesnt hold water. Your average Steam gamer is literate, informed and capable and they know a good thing when they see it, Windows 7 is exactly what the PC using world needed, a worthy successor to a solid OS that is sadly a bit long in the tooth.

    It's a real shame about Apples shrinking market share, I honestly mean that, because it is like any other competative market. Without a technically proficient alternate to spur development along then stagnation occurs. Windows XP had a run for 8 years before Windows 7 came along and Apple did nothing to capitalise on it. How come Linux managed to do so with no resources and no advertising? Some would even say that Windows 7 was rolled out to fight off the competition from Linux, rather than Apple.

    So well done Windows 7, but dont get cocky. Because one day Apple may release an OS that allows people to install it legitimately on their existing PC hardware, use all their existing software without performance hits and play all their games without compatability issues. Be ready.
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    sudeshc , August 3, 2010 9:43 AM
    i love win7 its amazing and does what i want it to...........easy and fun.
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    Darkerson , August 3, 2010 10:20 AM
    Im honestly surprised this didnt happen sooner. Windows 7 is really fantastic! Ive had nothing but good experiences with it even back when it was in early beta.
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    Anonymous , August 3, 2010 10:36 AM
    back_by_demandSo well done Windows 7, but dont get cocky. Because one day Apple may release an OS that allows people to install it legitimately on their existing PC hardware, use all their existing software without performance hits and play all their games without compatability issues. Be ready.


    I doubt it, Apple are far too closed minded and make their money on the Hardware markup! Drivers for open systems would be a nightmare as well.
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