We all know that Windows Vista has been a flop, despite Microsoft's claims. Even Microsoft's Vista deployment statistics are suspect, as the company counts every new PC sale as a Vista sale, even in enterprises with site licenses that allow them to run any version of Windows, a practice undertaken at many businesses, as InfoWorld and others have noted. But how suspect? Thanks to real-world PC usage data from the exo.performance.network, we now know.
As it turns out, two years after Vista's release not even 30 percent of PCs actually run it. And those that do are almost exclusively the Home Premium version, meaning that Vista is employed mainly by home users who likely got Vista preinstalled on a new PC.
The chart below shows the current data compiled by the exo.performance.network, a community-based monitoring tool that receives real-time data from about 10,000 PCs throughout the world, 25 percent of which are situated in larger business environments. The tool tracks what PCs people actually use, their specific configurations, the applications they run, and so on. The data is anonymized to keep the information private, then aggregated to produce a wide range of reports on what PC owners actually use, providing an ongoing real-world snapshot of the state of Windows.
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Anyone can follow the key PC usage trends with regularly updated chart widgets at InfoWorld's Windows Pulse page, which pulls in data from the exo.performance.network run by Devil Mountain Software. (DMS president Randall C. Kennedy is an InfoWorld contributor and author of the popular Enterprise Desktop blog.) Users can add their PCs to the exo.performance.network -- and get free tools to monitor their own PCs -- through InfoWorld's Windows Sentinel tool.
Other surprising findings from the exo.performance.network include the following: