Windows 7 takes the crown from Windows XP to become No. 1 OS
Will Windows 7 retain the No. 1 spot after the retail launch of Windows 8?
According to the latest data released by web analytics company StatCounter regarding the best-selling operating systems, Windows 7 now occupies the top position. In June 2012, Windows 7 accounted for a market share of 50.2%. This is for the first time that Windows 7, which was introduced in 2009, has captured more than half of the global operating system market. In June, Windows XP was at the second position with a market share of 29.9%.
With the retail edition of Windows 8 due to be released in October this year, it remains to be seen for how long Windows 7 can hold on to the top spot.
Or will Windows 8 won’t impact Windows 7 sales in any way?
Here we try to assess how the market share of Windows 7 could be affected by Windows 8.
Microsoft has announced special offers to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8
Microsoft is going for the gold with its new Windows 8 operating system. It has already announced a special offer to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8. If you buy a new computer with the Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate editions during June 2, 2012 - January 31, 2013, Windows 8 Pro will be available at a discounted price of $14.99. Users of Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7, also qualify to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99.
Well, the message from Microsoft is clear. It wants high adoption rate for Windows 8 and is working towards its goal of maximizing upgrades from earlier Windows versions to Windows 8.
This could result in a decrease in the market share of Windows 7 due to Windows 8. But who’s complaining? Microsoft will be only too happy to see the sales of its operating systems increase.
Windows 8 is more suitable for touch-screen devices than for PCs
The Metro user interface of Windows 8 is touch-friendly and seems to be built specifically for tablets. Desktop and laptop users could find it a bit hard to get used to how Windows 8 works. If that is the case, there could be little upgrade activity from Windows 7 to Windows 8 on PCs.
According to Preston Gralla, a contributing editor for Computerworld,
[quote]Will Windows 7 rule for more than 10 years, as Windows XP did? That's hard to know. But I think it will always be more popular than Windows 8, because ofÂ the new operating system's tablet-centric design.[/quote]
Preston also thinks that corporations won’t make the move to Windows 8 as it would result in huge expenditure on upgrading their computers and IT support.
In spite of the best efforts of Microsoft to promote Windows 8, it seems that Windows 7 could well be the new Windows XP. An operating system that will rule the PC market for many more years.