Windows XP Finally Falls Below 50% Market Share

Net Applications now lists Windows XP with a market share of 49.84 percent, down from 51.13 percent in June.

Windows XP was launched almost 10 years ago, on August 24, 2001 and is still the world's most popular operating system. Windows Vista failed to become a replacement for XP, but Windows 7 is apparently eating away share from XP at an accelerating pace. However, Windows 7 cannot collect all those users that XP and Windows Vista are losing every month: XP and Vista lost a combined 1.57 points of OS market share in July, while Windows 7 gained just 0.74 points and now stands at 27.87 percent. Windows overall dropped to from 88.29 percent to 87.66 percent market share, while Mac OS X climbed from 5.37 percent to 5.59 percent and iOS is now estimated to hold 2.98 percent.

StatCounter, by the way, estimates Windows XP share at 43.89 percent and Windows 7 share at 36.06 percent.

A decrease in Windows XP market share and an increase in Windows 7 is critical for Microsoft to lay the foundation for greater IE9 and IE10 adoption to promote a new HTML5 app model that will arrive with Windows 8 in 2012.

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  • Finally... XP had a good run, but it's way pass time to let it go. Not exactly too thrilled about DX9 still being used in games while we already have DX11 either. Also still waiting for the day where 32bit OS will be gone and x64 would be the new native.
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  • Completely agree...it was a good OS for a long time. Sometimes it is tough to go back to using it after using Windows 7.

    Completely agree aznguy...it'll be a good day when 64 bit is the norm.
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  • hangfirew8Windows XP was the most porous operating system in history, a cut down, primped up version of Windows 2000 with less security and more fragile drivers due to Ring 0 protection being eliminated. Good riddance.


    How quickly they forget Windows 98, or FAT. XP was a huge leap over the user unfriendly 2000, which was a pimped up NT.
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  • Finally... XP had a good run, but it's way pass time to let it go. Not exactly too thrilled about DX9 still being used in games while we already have DX11 either. Also still waiting for the day where 32bit OS will be gone and x64 would be the new native.
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  • Hell, it's about time!
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  • Completely agree...it was a good OS for a long time. Sometimes it is tough to go back to using it after using Windows 7.

    Completely agree aznguy...it'll be a good day when 64 bit is the norm.
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