Windows 7 began it’s long march to overtake Windows XP as the number one operating system nearly 2 years ago now. Slowly but surely it is gaining ground, but the ever resilient Windows XP is refusing to die anytime soon.
According to the latest market share results from netmarketshare, Windows 7 now holds 30.60 percent of the overall PC operating system market. However Windows XP is still holding strong at 52.46 percent of the market. During it’s steady rate of growth over the past 2 years or so Windows 7 has taken about 20 percent of the market share from XP and around 10 percent from Windows Vista.
Windows 7 was released in October 2009 but even before then it was gaining market share as there was a large number of users who were running the release candidates and beta builds of Windows 7 which were so stable they could be used as your main operating system. So since September of 2009, Windows Vista has tumbled from 18.83 percent of the market, down to a mere 9.04 percent. Windows XP has also had a big fall from 72.34 percent down to its current 52.46 percent of the market.
Slow and steady seems to be the trend here. As you can see from the above graph, the green line which is Windows 7 is slowly converging with the blue line that marks Windows XP. The red line that is Windows Vista has almost faded out completely.
The overall picture shows that Windows is still the most dominant platform with 92.90 percent while Mac OS X holds just 6.03 percent. Linux is still steady but low at 1.07 percent.
Now of course it’s very hard to get an accurate figure for the OS market, but netmarketshare are generally one of the best. They calculate the market share based on website traffic which is generally a good indicator of trends