The Rayno Report has been carefully tracking the Windows 7 adoption cycle, with the premise that there was pent-up demand for Windows upgrades and new PCs and technology in general. A recent survey says that Windows 7 adoption is preceding at twice the pace of the Vista.
Now, you could spend a lot of time arguing about whether this is because Windows 7 is a great operating system or whether it’s because Vista was such a dismal failure, but that’s not the point. The point is that this means there was demand for upgrades and that this should help the software and PC industry at a time when it’s desperate for any kind of growth.
From the report, in Computerworld:
Windows 7’s trajectory has been faster than Vista’s ever since the former’s release, with the newer operating system beating Vista to the 4% mark by several months. By the end of January 2010, Windows 7’s usage share was 7.5%, also double the 3.75% that Vista enjoyed by the end of its fourth month.