Windows 7 Yet To Reach Ubiquity Of Windows XP Say Analysts

/ 3 years ago


Windows 7 has been propelled to new levels of fame by the relative failures of its predecessor, Windows Vista, and its successor, Windows 8. The latest OS statistics show it is clearly the most widely used desktop PC operating system with around 50% of the market share. Yet Forrester analyst J.P. Gownder says that Windows 7 is yet to reach the ubiquity of Windows XP in the enterprise market.

A new report recently released suggested that Windows 7 is currently the number one enterprise operating system with 47.5% of the market share and Windows XP was second with an impressive 38.2%. Yet if we look back at Windows XP’s most successful period of time it had around 80% of the workplace environment. That 80% is a figure Windows 7 has never come close to and probably never will. In fact Windows XP’s great success is mainly the reason Windows 7 will never be able to reach this.

“We can safely call Windows 7 the new enterprise standard, particularly since Microsoft will end support for Windows XP in 2014. But Windows 7 hasn’t reached the ubiquity of XP, which once was installed on over 80% of enterprise desktop devices. However, it bears noting that Windows XP took five years to reach its peak, while Windows 7 has only been present in the market for three and a half years,”

Do you agree that Windows 7 has not been as successful as Windows XP in the workplace? Will it ever catch up or was XP just too successful for that?


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  • d6bmg

    Using win 7.
    But yes, nothing can break win XPs record in foreseeable future.

    • d6bmg

      what will happen after 1 year in workplaces that still use win xp? They will be simply screwed unless they upgrade.
      Again, I don’t think there are many places like that.

  • Alex

    Windows 7 Home Premium. I like it.

  • Using Windows 7 Ultimate, imo best Windows except Server 2012 r2.

  • every windows system has its good points and bad points. for example windows xp (nicknamed extra problems when first released) had major issues, This is what windows 8 is haveing right now. Windows 8 currently can be somewhat salvaged but it isnt ideal for the average everyday home user. Id also like topoint out that windows vista 64 bit is nowhere near as bad as some people try and make it out to be, I have not had any issues with my system in the past 4-5 years of running it on this operateing system.