64-bit adoption for Win 7 far surpasses that of Windows Vista.
As 64-bit sees more and more support from software developers, and has almost got over its fear of supporting hardware drivers (well…), it is garnering faster adoption worldwide according to Microsoft who recently announced that nearly half of all Windows 7 PCs are running 64-bit versions of the popular operating system.
Microsoft confirmed on Thursday that as of June, 46% of all PCs worldwide are running Windows 7 64-bit edition. Compared to Windows Vista, which released 3 and a half years ago, only 11% of PCs are running the 64-bit version. That can also be attributed to the fact that Vista was a suckball.
Unsurprisingly then, that according to a survey conducted with senior IT decision makers by ChangeBASE research, 65% of businesses were planning to shift to Windows 7, with over 50% would be choosing the 64-bit edition.
Microsoft is currently working on the first Service Pack for Windows 7. Technical beta testers have already received a build, with a public beta planned for this month. Final version is expected in September this year.
Source: Windows Team Blog.