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