Windows 7 vs Windows 8 – Google Trends Web Search Interest over time

A month after its retail launch, Windows 8 sales figure reveal the OS has been gaining popularity steadily. Microsoft today announced that it had sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses till-date. We used Google Trends, a tool for checking trending topics and comparing search terms over time, to check out the interest folks may be having in searching for Windows 7 and Windows 8 related terms.

Windows 7 vs Windows 8

The number of searches for Windows 7 and Windows 8 indicates a sharp increase in the searches performed for Windows 8, while those for Windows 7 show a steady decline. The ‘fight’ between the two OS could well become near-equal by December-end, if the trend continues. The key enhancements in Windows 8 such as Metro design, Windows Store, fast boot and more have probably fuelled interest in Windows 8 and compelled many Windows users to upgrade to Windows 8 – although there are still others who find it confusing and are hating it.

A direct view of the search terms results (Windows 8 & Windows 7) worldwide, from 2004 to present gives us an overview of the searches that have been done for these terms, relative to the total number of searches done on Google over time.  Bear in mind, these results do not represent the absolute search volume numbers, since the data has been normalized and presented on a scale from 0-100. Each point on the graph is divided by the highest point, or 100. When Google doesn’t have enough data, 0 is shown.

Speaking of regional interest, there seems to be a lot of interest in the Indian sub-continent for Windows 8.

On the other hand, a for Windows 7, apart from the Indian sun-continent, there are plenty of search queries from Russia too.

Visit Google Trends for more. Hover over any point on the chart to see the search volume at that time.

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