bill - 4:24 am on Nov 5, 2010 (gmt 0)
My initial point is; Windows is loosing the OS battle with Vista and Win 7.
Maybe in your household, but certainly not according to the stats Fotiman referenced, or any reports I've read.
Altough I think stats on new machines sold with W7 VS upgrades from XP to W7 (including number of XPs out there) would be more telling on adoption rate.
Huh? You blame people for getting Win7 because they have no other choice? XP works on the hardware it was designed for. A lot of PCs have been sold over the last 9 years that XP has been offered. Sure there are a lot of copies out there, but how many people actually upgrade their OS? Very few I can assure you.
If the hardware can handle it I upgrade my XP machines to 7. If not, I leave them on XP. How does that skew your adoption rate theory?
At this point in its sales cycle more people are clearly adopting Windows 7 faster than any other MS OS in history. If you're not one of them feel free to use another OS, but that doesn't make Win 7 a failure.
XP is fine for old hardware, but it isn't being sold anymore. Soon it will no longer be supported. It's being phased out. Enjoy it while you can.