Over at InfoWorld there is an article about who is making the switch over to Windows 7. It is no surprise that the bulk of those who are switching are Windows Vista users. It is also no surprise that those who are using Windows XP are still hanging onto to their older operating system.
InfoWorld makes these assumptions using the following data:
More tellingly, Windows 7 is grabbing a sizable chunk of our new users. Fully 10 percent of the most recent registrants are running some version of Windows 7, which is remarkable since, after three years in the market, Windows Vista still barely registers above the 30 percent level.
And even that number is beginning to erode: As Windows 7 picks up user share, it seems to be making most of its gains at the expense of Vista. In fact, there seems to be a direct correlation between Windows 7 adoption and Vista abandonment, with the latter losing a percentage point and the former gaining the same in a little over a week.
So why would people who are using Windows Vista upgrade to Windows 7? It is the stigma that Windows Vista has, whether deserved or not. Windows Vista has been trashed in the press, blogs, forums, magazines, television commercials and by word of mouth. Just the mention of Vista makes people jump to negative conclusions. This is usually from people who have never even used Vista and base their opinion only on what they have read or heard.
Vista on my laptop worked well. I never had any issues, but I am one of the ones who upgraded to Windows 7. Call it what you will, but Vista is an operating system everyone wants to forget.