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Microsoft might well be thinking of Windows 8 but it will be encouraged to see that a major analyst house is forecasting the current OS version 7 will be on not far off half of worldwide PCs by the end of this year.
Gartner is forecasting that 42% of PCs globally will be running Windows 7 with 94% of new machines being shipped with the OS installed as standard.
The growth in popularity of the software has been helped by an improvement in IT budgets, which has helped fund migration projects, and the timing of refresh cycles which are finally causing a move away from XP in large numbers.
"Steady improvements in IT budgets in 2010 and 2011 are helping to accelerate the deployment of Windows 7 in enterprise markets in the US and Asia/Pacific, where Windows 7 migrations started in large volume from the fourth quarter of 2010," said Annette Jump, research director at Gartner.
"By the end of 2011, nearly 635 million new PCs worldwide are expected to be shipped with Windows 7. Many organisations have been planning their deployment of Windows 7 for the last 12 to 18 months, and are now moving rapidly to Windows 7," she added.