Monday, February 22, 2010

(Trends): Windows 7 Gaining on Vista

A recent influx of new clients to the repository has shifted the demographic of our user base once again. Windows 7, which had been lagging in the low-mid single digits in terms of usage share, has jumped a whopping 4% points in the past few weeks. Microsoft’s latest and greatest is poised to break into double-digit usage share territory in the next 30 days, with much of its gains coming at the expense of Windows Vista – though our XP population, too, has seen a modest dip in the past week or so.

Figure 1 – OS Usage Share States as of 2/22/2010

Needless to say, this is good news for Microsoft. In a week where the company saw shocking new research on physical memory consumption under Windows 7, the revelation that Windows 7 sales remain strong among tech savvy users like ours must be a relief. Combined with our other recent finding regarding Windows 7 CPU efficiency, this truly is a nice way for Microsoft company executives to start their weekends.

Note: The above statistics were generated from the over 13 billion process records collected from the nearly 24,000 registered, active xpnet.com users. If you’d like more information about the exo.performance.network, including how to reproduce the above chart object on your own site or blog, please visit www.xpnet.com.

10 comments:

Daniel H said...

If those figures are good news i wouldn't want to know what the bad news was.

Fabricio González said...

Men, they are going to eat you up for this post. Because it shows that you don't know how to read the data that you get. The jump in Windows 7 users is obviously because you have said that your tool showed them to be low on memory, a bunch of people installed the tool in theirs system to prove you wrong or right.

The line that I found "wrong" is that "the revelation that Windows 7 sales remain strong among tech savvy users like ours must be a relief". The sales didn't change, there where just more people trying your software that has windows 7, because it was what was hot this week with your software

Randall C. Kennedy said...

Fabricio,

The influx began a few weeks ago. It's just now that we're getting some fresh data that we hadn't seen before. And even then, it's not having that big of an impact on the WCPI values. They're still a lot higher than XP's.

CS said...

Could it perhaps be your "shocking research" that is driving people to install your software on their Win7 machines just to test your research?

Once again, you fail to understand statistics.

Please, do us all a favor. Go find another career, IT doesn't want you.

corrosive23 said...

Will you mention in this post and subsequent others that your "theories" have been proven wrong time and time again?

Nick said...

I'm amazed anyone would still actually install your software.

ReflexVE said...

Why should we believe that, Randall? Its very difficult to believe your explanations these days.

Randall C. Kennedy said...

ReflexVE,

You shouldn't. You should simply go away and forget you ever heard of us. But then where would the fun be in that, right?

RCK

Randall C. Kennedy said...

corrosive23,

Why? You want us to lie and say we believe we're wrong? But we don't, so...

RCK

ReflexVE said...

I've had to spend years debunking the kind of voodoo-tech articles like the ones you have written over the past decade and a half. Garbage about how Windows(or other OS's work), whats good and what is not, what needs to be manually tweaked, how memory is managed, how OS's should be designed, etc. Quite frankly, your articles have popped up more often than anyone except the drivel from John C. Dvorack in my list of articles I've had to debunk for clients(usually clueless CEO's).

Why should I leave you alone now? You've made my life more difficult for years. People like you are why the typical user and most low level techs have a very muddled idea of how a computer and operating system actually function.