Windows 7 Increases Lead Over XP in October

More consumers have adopted to Microsoft's Windows 7 as its market share once again overtakes XP's.

According to web tracker Net Applications, Windows 7 featured a market share of 44.7 percent in October, representing an increase from September's 44 percent. As for Windows XP, the operating system's share decreased from 41.2 percent to 40.7 percent last month.

Although the 11-year-old XP still boasts a considerable share of the OS market, Windows 7 is slowly starting to take over as the dominant operating system, with the latter having finally taken the top spot in August. A year ago, XP's share stood at 48 percent, with Windows 7 having a market share below 35 percent.

The just-released Windows 8, meanwhile, hasn't made a major impact on the market yet. Net Applications said its pre-launch versions delivered a share of 0.41 percent last month, which was 0.3 percent in September. That said, it should be noted that W8's market share was based before its official launch; three days after its release, the new OS sold over 4 million copies.

Ultimately, Windows dominated the OS market with a share of more than 91 percent. Apple's Mac OS holds a 7.1 percent share, while Linux trails behind with just over 1 percent.

 

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  • zubai
    I'm not surprise. As a regular user, the main advantage (at least for me), Windows 7 stability is light-years better than XP. As for Windows 8.. I dunno man.. *smh*
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  • Thomas Creel
    I remember the days when Windows XP came out, favorite OS almost instantly. Now Windows 8 and it's not bad ( thinking about upgrading myself ) but it certainly isn't a game changer and shows no real advantage over last generation OS.
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  • merikafyeah
    If just XP and 7 already comprise 80+% of the market not including all the other Windows versions still in use, one certainly can't say that Microsoft is doing poorly.
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  • zubai
    I'm not surprise. As a regular user, the main advantage (at least for me), Windows 7 stability is light-years better than XP. As for Windows 8.. I dunno man.. *smh*
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  • Cryio
    Well, I have Windows on both my PC and laptop, and I advise all my friends and relatives to use it too.

    My two cents though: Most metro apps can be useless on the desktop. Only a select few of them are a bit interesting/usefull, at least, up to this point, and the respective apps being free.
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  • merikafyeah
    If just XP and 7 already comprise 80+% of the market not including all the other Windows versions still in use, one certainly can't say that Microsoft is doing poorly.
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