Gartner: Windows 7 on 42% of PCs by end of 2011

By Tom Warren, on 9th Aug 11 11:15 am with 39 Comments

Technology research firm Gartner announced on Tuesday that Windows 7 will become the leading operating system worldwide by the end of 2011.

Gartner believes that 42% of all PCs worldwide will run Windows 7 by the end of the year. The company’s research also indicates that 94% of new PCs will ship with Windows 7 in 2011. Gartner cites improvements in IT budgets for the acceleration in enterprise deployments of Windows 7 as a big factor. Asia/Pacific and U.S. regions have started large volumes of enterprise Windows 7 deployments according to Annette Jump, research director at Gartner. Jump warned that recent economic slowdowns in Japan and civil unrest in the Middle East could slow deployments across those regions.

By the end of 2011, nearly 635 million new PCs worldwide are expected to be shipped with Windows 7. “Many enterprises have been planning their deployment of Windows 7 for the last 12 to 18 months, and are now moving rapidly to Windows 7,” Jump said. Gartner’s forecast assumes that Windows 7 is the last “fat” operating system that will be deployed on mass by corporate and enterprise customers. “In the future, many organizations will also use alternative client computing architectures for standard PCs with Windows OS, and move toward virtualization and cloud computing in the next five years,” said Gartner.

Microsoft’s next-generation of Windows, codenamed Windows 8, is believed to include a number of cloud setting features. Roaming options for user account customisations such as desktop wallpaper, application settings and wireless network settings have all been discovered in recently leaked builds of Windows 8. Microsoft is set to unveil its Windows 8 plans at its BUILD conference next month.

  • http://www.searingarrow.com AlienSix

    Get the enterprise on Windows 7 and the numbers will skyrocket 

    • Anonymous

      Enterprise adoption of 7 is very low so far. But once that picks up that will keep the MSFT profit #s around $6 billion per quarter.

    • Guest

      [citation needed]

  • http://www.searingarrow.com AlienSix

    Get the enterprise on Windows 7 and the numbers will skyrocket 

  • http://twitter.com/mcakins McAkins Online

    Went ahead and re-read the Gartner’s report on 0% MS tablet presence in 2015: http://www.winrumors.com/gartner-forecasts-0-market-share-for-microsoft-tablets-in-2015/

    I wonder wat their take is now it is clear MS is bursting out with Windows8, do they now call Windows8 a mobile OS or Desktop OS? I think Gartner now has a problem because Windows 8 doesn’t let itselft be properly defined as either of the OS.

    • Aaron

      I saw the HP Touchpad for $300 recently.  I almost grabbed one but I resisted since Windows 8 on tablets should blow away the competition.  Please Microsoft, do not disappoint.

  • Tuxplorer

    This is a sad day for LinSux, open source and XP fans. Lol. Users of those pathetic systems are going to be soooo destroyed! Lol

  • Tuxplorer

    This is a sad day for LinSux, open source and XP fans. Lol. Users of those pathetic systems are going to be soooo destroyed! Lol

    • Aaron

      Its funny, linux fans can never be proved wrong.  They said M$ winblows would be dead by now and obviously it isn’t.  if you point it out to them they will just deflect and brag about Android.

    • Guest

      I thought MS fans were the most respectable and didn’t insult their competitors according to these comments:

      http://www.winrumors.com/microsoft-creates-a-happy-birthday-linux-video-to-celebrate-20-years-of-competition/ :)

    • Aaron

      At the risk of sounding like a 5 year old; they started it.  I use to play around with Linux back in the day just to have experience with other operating systems.  It was alright and all, but it took too much work to use it as my main computer.  I know later releases of Ubuntu have gotten better, but the attitude of Linux advocates has not made me want to return.

    • Test1ngi23

      Linux is to Windows as gearheads are to regular car owners. One is not better than the other. You just have to have a passion about what you are working with or else the experience is going to suck.

    • Aaron

      That is what I am talking about.  The mentality from Linux users that real computer junkies must use Linux.  I consider myself a “gearhead” when it comes to computers.  I’m a Computer Science grad, I work in software development (.NET, J2EE, Flex, ect..), I build computers and I customize the hell out of my own computer.  And guess what, I still prefer Windows over Linux.  I must be a n00b, or newb, or however the hell its typed these days.

    • Test1ngi23

      Lol. .NET, J2EE, Flex, ect. are very different than OS development. You should know that. I guess I should have said Operating System gearheads usually prefer Linux. So I guess you are an OS n00b.

    • Aaron

      I apologize.  I thought your analogy was referring to computer enthusiasts in general, and not just a remarkably narrow subset of “Operating System gearheads”, whatever that is.  Perhaps you should narrow your car analogy to people who just like to customize the hell out of their steering wheels so as not to confuse it with car guys in general.

    • Test1ngi23

      Well most gearheads obsess over things like the engine, transmission, suspension, you know, “core” components of the car. Linux fanboys tend to obsess over the kernel, libc, windowing subsystems (X), etc., so I think the analogy is fair. J2EE, .NET, Flex, are more like “accessories” that run on top of the OS, sort of like how sound systems, DVD players, rims, etc. are also accessories for you car. J2EE, .NET, and Flex are very important, no doubt, but that doesn’t make them OS-level “core” components. So I’ll stand by my analogy.

    • Anonymous

      I wouldn’t lump all in the same boat, for either camp – it’s also problematic to think there are sides. Many use both or neither and are indifferent or tolerant.

    • Trollhater

      Your “thinking” would be improved if you started by pulling your head out of your ass so you could breathe some fresh air.

    • Revolutions

      Really? Linsux? “sooooo destroyed”?

      What the hell?

    • Test1ngi23

      Don’t be so harsh. He was born into the Microsoft ecosystem. He doesn’t know any better.

    • Test1ngi23

      Sorry. LinSux didn’t hear you. It was too busy running the most powerful supercomputers in the world. http://top500.org/stats/list/37/os

    • Tuxplorer

      Lol! Knew that was coming. What a pathetic argument. We are talking about DESKTOP OS FOR PERSONAL COMPUTERS here. And LinSux is so incredibly fugly and unusable, that it has less than 1% market share. Lollllll! Windows 7 had more usage share than LinSux at the beta stages. Lolllll!

    • Test1ngi23

      It’s not unusable to me. Oh but that might be because i actually give a damn about how my OS works and how to customize the crap out of it.

    • Tuxplorer

      Yes, as I said those 1% masochists find LinSux usable. But the rest of the world will always stick with the beautiful, productive and elegant Windows 7.

    • Test1ngi23

      Yeah because having the app launcher at the top of the screen instead of the bottom is way too hard to use and ugly for 99% of the world to handle. I seriously don’t understand what you think is so difficult about Linux.

    • Test1ngi23

      Yeah because having the app launcher at the top of the screen instead of the bottom is way too hard to use and ugly for 99% of the world to handle. I seriously don’t understand what you think is so difficult about Linux.

    • Anonymous

      Unless things have changed, application and driver support is still a problem for Linux. That makes it more difficult.

    • Test1ngi23

      I have to agree with you there. Though it has improved greatly in the last few years.

    • Frylockns86

      Are you the “Tuxplorer” from Neowin who is always advocating the use of Windows XP? Since when do you care about Windows 7?

    • Guest

      Or it might be because you’re a bitter MS-hating idiot and decade long troll, who is unemployed and therefore doesn’t value your time.

    • http://twitter.com/oolong2 oolong2

      Did this really have to turn into another desktop OS war thread?

      Isn’t there a million threads like this all over the internet?  Is there anything else that can be said that hasn’t already been said over and over for the past 15 years?

      Get with the times fellas, the new fight is over smartphones ;-)

    • Guest

      Why are you engaging this moron? Leave her alone and she’ll quickly go to the next MS site to troll. She’s done it dozens of times before.

  • Aaron

    I’m finally starting to see support being dropped for XP.  Battlefield 3 will only work on direct X 10 and 11.  I know several XP hold out friends who are going to have to upgrade for that reason alone.

    • Frylockns86

      Betchya they’re mad.

    • Aaron

      They may be mad, but I say “Good”.  Its good when developers can focus on the latest technology rather than wasting resources on the lowest common denominator.  What I find funny is that lot of my friends who are sticking with XP are the same type of people that bitch about IE6 holding the internet back.

    • Anonymous

      Why do people still hold out on XP. I have win 7 at home and xp at work. Win 7 is better. I haven’t had any virus issues with win 7 and have had a few with xp. Judging speed is difficult since the xp machines are older, but win 7 feels faster too.

  • SteveBallmer

    I just hope that I can root my Asus Transformer to run Windows 8

  • Anonymous

    I cant wait for windows 8. but ive been using windows 7 since beta, and its been amazing!
    i still dont understand how people can still think like “xp is better than 7″ like my bestfriends brother, now his brother has to pay him for every software he installs and works in windows 7. like 3 dollars for every program.

    anyway, alot of software i use for work, its windows only, like 3dsmax, coreldraw, moi3d. or when i want to have fun with mmorpg which are 99% windows only. so, as long as i can do my work and play videogames, i will love windows for that.
    and i cant wait to see whats coming in windows 8 besides a nice tile start menu.

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