- Windows 7 and Vista up, Mac OS X up, Linux and XP Down

Feb 3, 2009
Windows 7 still has a long way to go to reach the first milestone of its life on the operating system market, namely 1%, but the fact
is that the next iteration of Windows has entered the OS market share measuring context. In just the first month since the public downloads of Windows 7 client Beta and Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta(Windows 7 Server Beta) were made available for download, the platform has grown to an usage share of 0.10%, according to statistics provided by Net Applications. The Beta builds for Windows 7 client and server platforms went live on January 10, 2009, and will remain so until February 10.

“The Windows 7 beta releases in January have led to a spike in usage share. Similar to Windows Vista, Windows 7 usage share is showing a pattern of being much higher on weekends than on weekdays. In contrast, Windows XP has an inverse trendline. XP's share is higher on weekdays due to Microsoft's relatively high business vs. residential share of Windows XP,” Net Applications stated. “This is an indication of strong interest in Windows 7, since it does not come pre-installed on a computer like Vista. Beta users are taking the time and effort to install it on their home computers, since corporations generally prohibit beta operating systems to be used in production environments.”


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