Since launching in late October last year, Windows 8 has slowly raked up a substantial little market share for itself. But even as Microsoft is gearing to launch Windows 8.1, Windows 7 is showing no signs of slowing down.
Multiple reports have confirmed that the older version of Windows remains a very appealing product for buyers across the globe — particularly users that are planning to upgrade their systems.
Windows 7 currently commands a market share of over 44 percent.
And according to Aristeo Torres of Post Computer Systems in Wilbraham, Massachusetts, these numbers make a world of sense as buyers are continually choosing this operating system — even as the said vendor has introduced Windows 8 and is ready to offer Windows 8.1.
Talking to CRN, Torres confirmed a growth in hardware sales, saying:
“We’ve seen recent growth in hardware sales, and Windows 8 is actually driving — but not because we’re selling Windows 8.
The great majority of customers that are buying hardware from us are buying Windows 7 machines. And, our sales are being driven by the fact that Windows 8 was such a radical departure.”
All said and done, this is not something Redmond would terribly mind.
The company’s biggest challenge right now is to move users away from Windows XP to a newer platform, and whether it is Windows 7 or Windows 8 matters little in the immediate scheme of things.