Windows 7 appears to have broken through in the businessmarket with the sort of strength that many in the channel were hoping for backon its release last October.
According to figures from distribution collated by Context lookingat PCs sold across Europe by mid December the latest Microsoft operating systemhad already done better than Vista at anequivalent stage after launch.
Businesssales of the OS were one of the highlights and the analyst house is expectingthat trend to continue over the rest of this year.
"Ourdistributor panel sells close to 600,000 PC units weekly across all the majorEuropean economies", commented Context co-founder Jeremy Davies.
“By the endof the week before Christmas this year, two months after the Windows 7 launch,we found that 11% of all PCs sold by distributors went out with a businessversion of Windows 7 installed. Eight weeks after the Vista launch, only 4% ofPCs had any business version of Vistainstalled”, he added.
Daviespointed to several factors that could maintain a solid start for Windows 7 withsome customers having delayed a refresh last year opting to roll out upgradesin 2010 as well as potential compatability issues.