Microsoft breakthrough as Windows 10 overtakes 7 globally for first time

Windows 10, Microsoft’s operating system, overtook Windows 7 for the first time globally in January according to independent web analytics company, Statcounter.

Its research arm Statcounter Global Stats finds that Windows 10 reached 42.78% in terms of worldwide internet usage compared to 41.86% for Windows 7.

“This is a breakthrough for Microsoft,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, Statcounter.

“Windows 10 was launched at the end of July 2015 and Microsoft will be pleased to have put its Windows 8 experience behind it. However, Windows 7 retains loyalty especially amongst business users. Microsoft will be hoping that it can replace it a lot quicker than XP, launched back in August 2001, which only fell below 5% usage worldwide in June of 2017.”

Worldwide chart: http://gs.statcounter.com/windows-version-market-share/desktop/worldwide/#monthly-201701-201801

Windows 10 overtook 7 in North America in January 2017.

In the UK Windows 10 passed 7 in June 2016.

To analyse other individual countries/regions see: http://gs.statcounter.com/windows-version-market-share/desktop/worldwide/#monthly-201701-201801

The data is based on Statcounter Global Stats. This provides media, researchers, analysts and interested consumers with a free service to help analyse internet wars as the major vendors battle for dominance across operating systems, search, browsers, desktop and mobile.

Statcounter (www.statcounter.com) last year launched an upgrade of its core website which provides web analytics, including a free option, to help companies, agencies, bloggers, self-employed and charities measure, analyse and understand visitors to their own sites.

Statcounter Global Stats data is based on over 10 billion page views per month to over 2 million websites. Further information: http://gs.statcounter.com/faq

Google Chrome gets a Chrome OS Mode on Windows 7

Google has long offered a Chrome OS like mode for users of Windows 8 with their Chrome browser.

A similar full screen user interface has now been added to Chrome for users on Windows 7.

This is currently in experimentation but is still a good option to get an idea on how Chrome OS behave on Chromebooks and Chromeboxes.

Googler François Beaufort said:

With no Metro Mode on Windows 7, Chrome actually runs maximized (or fullscreen if your taskbar automatically hides) so that users get a nice immersive experience.

More: The same way Chrome for Windows 8 has a Metro Mode¹, Chrome Canary for Windows…

New StatCounter report highlights global risk to business and other users from Windows XP

XP still world’s second most popular operating system despite Microsoft’s notice to end support

Despite news that Microsoft will discontinue support in April this year for Windows XP, it remains the second most popular operating system worldwide in terms of internet usage, according to StatCounter, the independent website analytics company.

The company’s research arm, StatCounter Global Stats, finds that in January 2014 Windows 7 was the global leader on 54.3% while XP took 19.2% on a worldwide basis.

“Even in mature markets like North America and the UK, XP remains ahead of Windows 8, 8.1 and Vista,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. “This has serious implications for users, especially businesses, as lack of support may leave their data and systems at risk of exposure to security and virus issues.”

Microsoft has long advised that it will end support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. In April 2013 it said: “This means that XP customers and partners will no longer receive security updates or be able to take advantage of tech support from Microsoft.”1 Updates for Microsoft Security Essentials, however, will be available until July 2015.2

Despite the risks, XP remains the second most popular OS in terms of internet usage in Europe (16.9%); South America (18.6%); Asia (26.4%) and Africa (32.0%). It is the third most popular in North America (12.5%); US (12.4%) and UK (9.5%). Individual country stats may be accessed at: http://gs.statcounter.com/#desktop-os-ww-monthly-201301-201401

StatCounter (www.statcounter.com), an independent web analytics specialist, is used by companies, bloggers, self-employed people, charities and anyone who wants to measure activity on their website, blog or forum. Key features include ease of use, independence and ability to view website data in real time.

StatCounter members can learn about visitors to their site with essential statistics such as keywords (i.e. search terms used to find the site), downloads (e.g. which brochures are being accessed) and exit links (i.e. which links people click as they leave the site).

StatCounter Global Stats data is based on over 15 billion page views per month to the StatCounter network of more than three million websites.

Read more: New StatCounter report highlights global risk to business and other users from Windows XP | StatCounter Global Stats

Hewlett Packard switches back focus to Windows 7 based machines

If you load HP.com (USA), you would notice something quite surprising. The company is highlighting machines powered by Windows 7 instead of Windows 8.

Looks like the sad response to Windows 8 is finally forcing PC makers to switch back focus on Windows 7 machines.

This is similar to what we saw with Windows Vista. A lot of PC makers started promoting machines powered by Windows XP.

HP appears to be giving a USD 150 discount on machines powered with Windows 7.

Read more: HP® Official Site | Laptop Computers, Desktops, Printers, Servers, Services and more

Microsoft finally releases Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7

Microsoft has finally released the stable edition of IE11 for Windows 7. This update is available for both consumers and corporate customers.

Windows 8.1 comes loaded with Internet Explorer 11. Windows 8 came with Internet Explorer 10.

The company said:

With IE11 we continue delivering the best performance for real world Web sites on your Windows device. IE11 on Windows 7 improves performance across the board with faster page loading, faster interactivity, and faster JavaScript performance, while reducing CPU usage and improving battery life on mobile PCs.

Internet Explorer 11 released in preview for Windows 7

Microsoft has released a preview edition of their Internet Explorer 11 web browser for the users of Windows 7.

The company promises major improvements in speed and support for tons of more web standards.

Microsoft in fact claims that it is around 30% faster than any other browser in the market today.

The company said:

With IE11 on Windows 7, customers receive a fast, secure browser that is compatible with existing Web sites and delivers exciting new interactive Web experiences. For developers, IE11 supports the latest Web standards and technologies, making it easier to build sites that work across devices. The new F12 tools in IE11 enable developers to build high performance Web experiences, faster and more efficiently.

Microsoft releases a preview edition of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7

Internet Explorer 11 would come bundled with Windows 8.1. And now Microsoft has released a preview edition of this updated browser for Windows 7 users.

Not all features of IE11 are going to be available on Windows 7. Most of the missing features are related to touch support which is deeply integrated in Windows 8 OS.

Microsoft spoke about the IE11 preview edition for Windows 7:

IE11 on Windows 7 offers the same improved performance, faster page load times, new standards support for next generation sites, and completely revised F12 developer tools. The Developer Preview of IE11 on Windows 7 is available for download today.

Windows 8 has overtaken Windows Vista in terms of market share

It has taken eight months for Windows 8 to overtake Windows Vista in the global market.

Windows 7 remains the most popular operating system with a market share of around 44.37%.

And this is not the worrying part for Microsoft. Windows XP is at the second spot with a market share of 37%. Windows 8 is now at around 5.1% market share. Vista is down to 4.62% of the PC market.

Different flavors of Apple’s OS X has a combined market share of around 5%.

Now that the hype around Windows 8 has died down… Microsoft is expecting to give it a slight bump with the upcoming Windows 8.1 update. A preview edition was released last week and it has received favorable reviews.

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 would now automatically rollout through Windows Update

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 would now automatically rollout through Windows Update

Microsoft has announced that they are now rolling out Windows 7 Service Pack 1 update automatically through their Windows Update service.

Until now, it was an optional update that users could install from the Windows Update section.

Considering they are close to discontinue support for Windows 7 (without SP1), this rollout is necessary.

The company said:

Starting tomorrow, the installation will be fully automatic with no user action required for those who already have Automatic Update enabled. SP1 will be released gradually over the coming weeks to all customers on the RTM version of Windows 7.

Internet Explorer 10 is now available for Windows 7 PCs

Internet Explorer 10 is now available for Windows 7 PCs

Microsoft has finally released the stable edition of Internet Explorer 10 for machines running Windows 7 operating system.

Windows 8 came loaded with IE10. It is not being released for Vista and older editions.

The company highlighted the massive improvements in Internet Explorer 10. It is most definitely the best browser release from the company. It is fast and it supports most of the newer web technologies.

Microsoft said:

The opportunities continue for HTML5 to make both Web sites and applications better. Those opportunities are exciting for everyone on the Web. Like IE10 on Windows 8, this release brings high performance HTML5 development to Windows 7. For developers building on HTML5, now is time to get ready for IE 10. Developers can use the recently launched modern.IE to test and verify your sites, using a wizard that scans a Web page URL for common interoperability problems and suggests some ideas for how to address those issues to improve the user experience across modern and older browsers. On behalf of the individuals and companies who have worked with us to deliver this product, and the many people at Microsoft who have built it, thank you for your feedback and for using IE10.