Windows® 7 moves further ahead of the competition, market share approaches 40%
A Gartner report shows thatÂ Windows 7Â is fast becoming the favorite operating system that users want on their computers.Â According to Gartner, by the end of 2011, it will be deployed on up to 40% PCs across the world. This will be a significant achievement for Windows 7 considering that it was the first choice of only about 6% users in 2010. Another interesting thing is that Windows 7 has not yet reached its saturation point, with analysts from Gartner predicting that the migration to Windows 7 will continue at a good pace.
The growth chart shows that the U.S. is the most lucrative market for Windows 7. Other markets like Europe and Japan also showed a good growth rate, but they are not even close to the figures achieved in the U.S.
Annette Jump, a Director at Gartner Research, said that the rapid migration to Windows 7 Enterprise installations in part can be contributed to the increase in IT budgets in the last one and a half year. She also made the important observation that Windows 7, in all likelihood, will be the last operating system from Microsoft for large scale enterprise deployment. In what might be music to the ears of rival camps, she said that organizations might go for alternative architectures like Mac OS X and tablets in the future.
The success ofÂ Windows 7Â is sure to makeÂ MicrosoftÂ happy, but there are question marks on whether Windows 8, which is in the pipeline, will enjoy the same level of success like its predecessors or not. According to analysts, Windows versions are at a tipping point as ‘migration fatigue’ is gradually catching up amongst many organizations.
There are sufficient indications that by 2016-2017, most of the alternative structures will become more mature than what they are today, making it fruitful to use alternative devices like tablets and Mac. Potentially, users will also be able to save date in the cloud.
However, talking about what will or might happen in 2016-2017 is a premature thing. Till thenÂ MicrosoftÂ has all the reasons to glow over the success ofÂ Windows 7.