Windows 7 Surpasses Windows XP–Finally!

It has been nearly 3 years since Windows 7 was launched, and it has finally surpassed the 11 year old and somewhat long in the tooth Windows XP in percentage of Windows computers in use.  Windows 7 has a 42% share with windows XP falling to 41% as users replace their older systems.  Windows Vista, never very popular with users, has a 7% share, down from its highest share of 13%.  It is expected that Windows 7 with achieve 48% by October of this year, when Microsoft is expected to release Windows 8.

I am advising my Windows XP clients to upgrade to windows 7 while they still can.  Most of the hold-outs are people who are not happy with changing to the user interface of the operating system.  The main different for XP fans in Windows 7 is that the start button is now round instead of rectangular.  I nost other ways it is the same, except where it is much better and easier to use.

Windows 8 represents a significant, even major, change in the user interface, with Microsoft extending it tiled “Metro” start screen from its mobile phone products onto the desktop.  Personally, I think many people are going to be put off by the dramatic change.  I expect businesses are going to shun Win8 as they did Vista when it was launched with something of a thud.  To check out Windows 8 and see for yourself, go to the Windows 9 Release Preview site.


About the Author:

I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at

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