Gartner: 94% of PCs shipped in 2011 will be on Windows 7

By on August 10, 2011
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OS X to be on 4.5% of the PCs

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Gartner, one of the biggest IT research and advisory firms in the world, released a report yesterday which looked at Windows 7. According to them, Windows 7 will ship on 42% of PCs to be shipped by the end of this year, with a total of 635 million PCs shipped in 2011, bringing the total market share to 94% in favor of Windows 7.

A huge push seems to be coming from large firms as they make the transition from Windows XP to Windows 7. ”Steady improvements in IT budgets in 2010 and 2011 are helping to accelerate the deployment of Windows 7 in enterprise markets in the U.S. and Asia/Pacific, where Windows 7 migrations started in large volume from 4Q10,” said Annette Jump, research director at Gartner.  ”Many enterprises have been planning their deployment of Windows 7 for the last 12 to 18 months, and are now moving rapidly to Windows 7.”

Shipments of Macs by the end of the year are expected to reach 4.5% of global market share, compared to 4% in 2010. By 2015 the amount of new PCs expected to ship with Apple’s OS X is expected to rise to 5.2%. ”The adoption of Mac PCs and Mac OS is a result of Apple’s ability to grow well above the market average in the last 12 to 24 months, thanks to its ease of use from the user interface (UI) point of view and ease of integration with other Apple devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and the existing Apple ecosystem of applications and programs,” Ms. Jump said.

Unlike the desktop space though, Microsoft doesn’t enjoy the lion’s share on the mobile arena, with Android and iOS leaving Windows Phone 7 far behind in terms of adoption rate.


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