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Dec 30 2009   12:15AM GMT

Windows 7 Will Define Microsoft’s 2010

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

Since its release in October, Windows 7 has received kudos and rave reviews. Sales have been solid–although Windows 7 seems to have primarily replaced Windows Vista rather than Windows XP in market share, and it did not initially drive significant PC hardware sales.

That was then, this is now. When the dust settles from  the 2009 holiday season, and 2010 gets in gear, Windows 7 will be the poster child for Microsoft’s 2010. I haven’t seen any sales figure yet, but I suspect that the holidays were good for Microsoft and for PC sales. A new year will bring with it new budgets and companies will finally drop Windows XP and embrace Windows 7.

David Coursey, author of PC World’s Tech Inciter blog, also predicts a strong 2010 for Windows 7. “Windows 7 will sell many computers during 2010. The new operating system is more than just a Vista replacement; it is good enough to make a Mac user (like me) think about switching back to Windows. Most people I’ve talked to think it’s Microsoft’s best OS since Windows 2000 Professional. Small business should look toward standardizing on the new OS.”

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