"Windows XP was first released on October 25, 2001, and over 400 million copies were in use in January 2006, according to an estimate made that month by an IDC analyst".
"As of the end of August 2009, Windows XP is the most widely used operating system in the world with a 66.2% market share, having peaked at 76.1% in January 2007. According to a Net Applications report, the Windows XP market share peaked as high as 85.3% in Dec. 2006."
Let's say these numbers are correct - I wonder what they might look like in say a year's time?
I bet good money it will look something like this:
55% - XP
20% - Windows 7
15% - Vista
10% - other
I don't see Windows 7 making a huge impact - at least, not yet, I'm afraid.
Don't believe the hype - "Spin" had much with "doing in" Vista as everything else - let's not repeat history, okay?
I'm sorry my friends, it's still an XP World - and will still be an XP World for quite a few years from now.
Check out this thread: Personalize with XP
The whole point is simple:
If Dell doesn't believe - If other OEMs don't believe - that means that Microsoft doesn't believe.
Think about it...
I went over the weekend to Sam's Club / Walmart and saw that Windows 7 Home Premium was $125.00.
I thought about buying, but instead I decided to do a bit of reseach first and I am glad I did!
I learned this: Your XP-to-Windows 7 upgrade path
"According to Net Applications' Market Share Report, in August 2009, 71.7% of all Desktops were running XP, compared to a mere 18.8% running Vista." So, that means the great majority of Windows users will have to try to upgrade / migrate from XP to 7.
Do you think 71.7% of all desktops are just going to drop what they are doing to upgrade to Windows 7 - especially with all the headaches and frustrations attached?
Microsoft tells users to beware upgrading from Vista to Windows 7
Good Golly - it's the same with Vista - a royal pain in the ass to upgrade - sounds like a winner to me!
You must think I'm crazy - all that annoyance and labor for what, a 15% - 20% performance increase?
I don't think so!
The Windows 7 hype will fizzle out after the holidays, by January 1st at the most - and then we can all finally get back down to reality:
80% of XP systems will stay right where they are until they have a massive hardware failure and have to upgrade.
I'd also bet good money that 80% of those folks will get an OEM system and OEM version of Windows 7 - but that won't happen for a while yet - XP is still supported until April, 2014.
The facts are the facts...
After it becomes common knowledge that updating XP systems to Windows 7 will be a serious pain in the ass, there will be millions of folks screaming:
XP - 'till the world blows up!
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Edited by poolsharkzz, 26 October 2009 - 09:40 PM.