Despite the monstrous gains Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 7, has made in the past few months, some of the latest data show the fact that Windows XP is still the king of the hill when it comes to enterprise computing. According to Forrester analysts, Windows 7 accounting for close to 21% of their traffic in March, but the 10-year old Windows XP managed to hit up with a 60% share.
While it’s obvious that browser traffic can vary – sometimes wildly – from site to site, Forrester isn’t unreasonable in using their traffic and survey data to predict system choice, considering their targeted audience. What makes the data so interesting is that 2014 is rapidly approaching, and that’s the year that Microsoft has picked to cut off all support for what is now a legacy operating system.
Regardless, Microsoft still has little to worry about when it comes to the big numbers, even despite marked inroads made by Apple’s OS X-powered machinery. Redmond still controls almost 88% of the corporate pie, while Apple has recently risen to 11% (up from 9.1% in the spring of last year). The reason? In all likelihood, it’s the wild success Apple has seen with the iPad.
The iPad isn’t yet replacing workstations in enterprise scenarios – at least, not in any substantive numbers – but as people buy into the Mac ecosystem, they will sometimes switch to the OS X-powered laptop or desktop. In a world where increasing numbers of employees are rolling their own when it comes to personal computers, that translates to Mac corporate gains. What’s up in the air is whether the upcoming successor to Windows 7, popularly known as Windows 8, will enjoy similar levels of success. Unlike Windows Vista, Windows 7 has widely been hailed as a success, meaning many clients, corporate and consumer alike, will have less of a reason to switch.