There have been a couple of conflicting reports about the amount of the market that Windows 7 now holds. We’ve had a couple of reports in the past which claim that Windows 7 had overtaken Windows XP in the US way back in April of this year. Then in September at Microsoft’s Build conference when they unveiled Windows 8, Steven Sinofsky claimed that Windows 7 had finally overtaken Windows XP in terms of global market share and shipped over 450 million licenses.
Well now we’ve got another report this time from statistics company Statcounter who are also saying that Windows 7 has claimed the number one spot. According to their stats, Windows XP which turned 10 years old a couple of weeks ago, dipped below 40% in the last month to 37.87% while Windows 7 grew from 39.04% to 40.91% taking the top spot at long last.
Windows Vista of course is barely hanging in there at just over 11%, but what’s odd is that it saw a tiny increase in the last month from 11.12% to 11.52%. This could quite easily be put down to a small influx in the number of Vista users accessing the sites that Statcounter monitors.
Apples OS X is also hanging in there and slowly but surely growing. It increased its market share from 6.78% to 7.06% this month. Linux of course doesn’t look like it’s going to be going anywhere fast and is still just hanging on thanks to its base of Linux fans at 0.78%
Now as I mentioned earlier, not all the market share companies are reporting these same results, others still see Windows 7 well below Windows XP and reckon that Windows 7 won’t overtake XP until late next year. But personally, if Microsoft are saying it and Statcounter (who I’ve always reported on) are saying it then I’m fairly confident that Windows 7 has claimed the throne for itself.
What do you think? Has Windows 7 done it at last?