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Windows 7’s progress with geeks, business, middle NZ

Tue, 01 Jun 2010

Microsoft has released Net Applications figures showing that Windows 7 gained 11.68% worldwide marketshare during its first six months (that is, through to April this year) - or roughly twice the uptake of its beleaguered predecessor, Windows Vista, over the same period.

But how’s Windows 7 doing in New Zealand?

At TradeMe, which with its 4 million unique browsers can be taken as an analogue for middle New Zealand, 11.04% of visitors are using Windows 7 according to figures the auction supersite supplied Keallhauled (see chart below).

That puts middle New Zealand bang on the global average.

The less flash news for Microsoft: the total number of TradeMe users on Windows as of December 09 was 89.66%; in April 2010 it was actually down slightly to 88.92%.

It seems Windows 7 upgraders are coming squarely from the ranks of former Windows Vista and Windows XP users rather than the new OS winning any converts from the Apple camp.

But power users are really taking to Microsoft’s new OS. If they’re the trendsetters, then Microsoft NZ is in good stead:

Geekzone’s Maurcio Freitas reports his site’s overall OS spread for the 30 days to March 17 was:

Windows: 85.89%
Mac: 8.02%
Linux: 3.57%

And Windows visitors broke down as:
XP: 49.71%
7: 29.77%
Vista: 18.36%
Server 2003: 1.33%
2000: 0.59%

And in business?

By Nielsen NetRatings count, 10.14% of visitors to NBR Online during May were on Windows 7:

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Windows 7’s progress with geeks, business, middle NZ