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Government: Windows 7 PCs Come Out On Top

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 by | Filed Under: Quick Tips

According to data compiled by the government – Windows 7 and Internet Explorer are tops with people accessing government websites. The site tracked visitors to popular government websites like the IRS’s “Where’s My Refund” and Forms & Pubs site as well as sites like the National Weather Service and the Social Security Administration.

There were over 1.45 billion visits in the past 90 days and the results might surprise those who claim the PC is dead or dying.


A full 68% of visitors accessed the site from a desktop or laptop computer. Around 25% used their phone and 7% visited on a tablet.  Most of those visiting were Windows users. Windows systems accounts for almost 59% of total visits and 86% of visitors using desktops and laptops. Most Windows users still rely on 7 with nearly 71% of computer users running that OS.  Windows 8.1 and 8 computers  accounted for almost 20% of traffic. Mac computers came in at 14%. Windows XP numbers were low here compared to other sources, coming in at less than 10% of visits.

Internet Explorer reigns supreme for Desktop users. It accounted for 42% of visitors followed by Chrome at 36% and Firefox at 16%.  However, Chrome is the overall champ when you add desktop and mobile visits together, coming in at 35% of visits.

~ Cynthia

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46 Responses to “Government: Windows 7 PCs Come Out On Top”

  1. David says:

    WIN7 & IE on Tower PC

  2. Jonathan says:

    I primarily use Windows 7 & Chrome. Although I do have a windows 8.1 netbook with Chrome and android phone & tablet both using Chrome.

    I only really use IE for the occasional task that Chrome can’t do correctly.

    I do think Google really needs to address bookmark management though as it was poor and is now practically impossible within Chrome itself.

  3. Joan says:

    W-7 and IE on a laptop; that’s all I’ve ever owned.

  4. Angie says:

    I love my PC…we have laptops, tablets and phones in use around my house but I’d rather use my Windows 7 desktop with Internet Explorer 11

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