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.