Windows 7 Overtakes Windows XP in USA

We’ve been wondering when this day will finally come for a while. It didn’t take Windows 7 too long to overtake Windows Vista in terms of market share, but we all agreed that the biggest test for Windows 7 would be to see if it could take down the mighty Windows XP. And it would appear that it has just done that.

Or at least in the USA anyway. According to the latest results from Statcounter, Windows 7 has just edged in front of Windows XP for the first time this month.

It’s very very close, and I’m sure that there will be some conflicting information out there from other resources, but Statcounter is known as one of the most reliable market share tools. According to Statcounter, Windows 7 now has just slipped past XP at 31.71% of the market share while Windows XP is at 31.56%

Windows Vista? Well that’s still struggling away at a mere 19%, slowly continuing its decline, which I don’t think too many people will be disappointed to hear about.

Now there are a few caveats with these figures. These results are based solely on desktops in the United States of America that were found to be running Windows 7. So while Windows 7 may now be the most dominant operating system in the US, it’s still behind XP on the global side of things. In the world is stands a 31.17% where as Windows XP is still the king at 47.17%.

Either way it’s still an impressive victory for Microsoft, and what happens in the US, is generally reflected on a global scale a couple of months later, so I’m sure we can expect to see the growth of Windows 7 to continue as XP slowly declines.

I wonder how long we’ll be waiting until Windows 7 is the overall market leader worldwide? Hedge your bets in the comments below



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5 Responses to Windows 7 Overtakes Windows XP in USA

  1. Jotinpro April 9, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    This honestly feels like something to celebrate lol.

  2. Anonymous April 9, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

    Really easy when XP was stopped from being sold in 2008. Celebrate if and when it takes over the global market share. There is world outside the US too.

  3. Jannie Kirsten April 10, 2011 at 3:06 am #

    Well, by the time that happens, we might be seeing Windows 8, so I think Windows 7 will only overtake XP (worldwide) when 8 is launched.

  4. chieftain20 April 10, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    Dec. 12th 2012.

  5. anonymous April 12, 2011 at 5:02 am #

    Windows 7 is just like Vista rehashed. Full of gimmicks and fancy tricks. Aero Snap? There’s a far better version in XP called Tile Horizontally or Tile Vertically that isn’t limited to arranging just two windows but any number you select. There are many good useful features of XP removed and broken in Windows 7. The file manager, Windows Explorer was utterly destroyed in Vista and becomes worse in Windows 7. Poor usability. See and . Unnecessary GUI changes. Vista was innonative but horrible usability wise and removed things. Windows 7 is Vista with few new features and again many features removed and fancy gimmicks and shiny graphics added.

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