Even with more and more companies transitioning their machines to Windows 7, Windows XP still accounts for 60 percent of the market according to a recent report conducted by Forrester Research, Inc. Please keep in mind that all of the following numbers and figures were taken from March data.
According to the 400,000 machines from 2,500 different companies that visited Forrester.com, Windows 7 saw a jump from 9.5 to 21 percent over last year nearly doubling their user base. The decade old Windows XP on the other hand edged out the rest of the crowd by retaining 59.9 percent of the market. XP is here to stay at least until 2014 as Microsoft will discontinue support of the operating system in April of that year.
“The majority of firms will move to Windows 7 during the next year as the extended support phase for Windows XP approaches,” said Ben Gray, a Forrester analyst who co-authored the report.
Windows Vista was hit the hardest since last year dropping from 11.3 in April 2010 to just 6.2 percent in March of this year. Despite the bad numbers for Vista, Microsoft can walk away happy campers as their entire lineup of operating systems brings their market share total to a whopping 87.6 percent. Don’t count Apple out just yet as many employees are now urging their companies to let them use their own devices in a trend known as “consumerization” of the enterprise.
Apple machines have gone from 9.1 to 11 percent over the last year thanks in part to the iPad. What type of machine to you prefer to use when working? Let us know about your favorite toys in our comment section.