Adoption of Vista climbs 500 per cent – surveys
Adoption of Microsoft’s flagship operating system has risen more than 500 per cent in a month, according to the latest figures from Net Applications.
With a consumer launch at the end of January, February has been the first full month of Vista in public. The business version was launched at the end of November 2006.
It currently accounts for 0.93 per cent of the total market. A trifling amount, perhaps, but an increase of 517 per cent over January’s 0.18 per cent market share.
New operating systems can take time to gain a grip on a market, even if you enjoy the kind of dominance to which Microsoft is privy. Despite Windows XP launching in 2001, by June 2005, nearly half of corporate PCs were still running Windows 2000 according to AssetMatrix.
However unlikely it might seem, should Vista continue this growth spurt it would account for nearly a quarter of the market by the end of April.
Forrester Research, too, is confident for Vista’s success, claiming that 39 per cent of businesses plan to install Vista within a year of its release, with security cited as the main reason for moving to Vista.
Windows XP remains king of the hill with 84.33 per cent market share, and legacy versions such as Windows 95 still keep a toe in the market, with 0.03 per cent.
The Mac market also showed some sequential growth, with figures up to a combined 6.38 per cent for both PowerPC and Intel-based ranges.