Windows XP no longer most popular desktop system

By | September 4, 2012

Windows 7 is now the world’s most popular desktop operating system, according to the August report from Net Applications.In August, Windows 7 had a 42.76% market share, a fraction of a point more than Windows XP’s 42.52%. Windows XP was released in 2001.The much-maligned Windows Vista sits at third place with a 6.15% market share, followed by Mac OS X 10.7 and Mac OS X 10.6 with 2.45% and 2.38%, respectively.All in all, older versions included, Microsoft controls some 92% of the market.It took three years for Windows 7 to become the world’s most popular OS. Microsoft’s desktop operating system, which was launched in October 2009, will soon be replaced by a newer version — Windows 8.

via Finally! Windows XP no longer most popular desktop system – CNN.com.

Here are the OS stats from a few different sources:

Source Date Microsoft Windows Apple Linux kernel based Other[a]
7 Vista XP All
versions
OS X[b] iOS[c] GNU/Linux Android
Net Market Share[14][15] July 2012 38.85% 5.9% 38.49% 83.55% 6.23% 5.9% 0.97% 1.81% 1.54%
StatCounter Global Stats[16] July 2012 51.14% 8.12% 29.1% 88.85% 6.92% 2.64% 0.84% 0.4% 0.35%
W3Counter[17][d] July 2012 44.12% 6.95% 27.06% 78.13% 8.66% 7.09% 1.75% 2.49% 1.88%
Webmasterpro[18][e] July 2012 44.6% 10.3% 24.0% 79.7% 6.6% 7.7% 1.5% 3.9% 0.60%
Wikimedia[1][f] July 2012 38.16% 7.34% 22.20% 69.15% 7.55% 10.67% 1.53% 5.04% 6.06%
Average July 2012 43.37% 7.72% 28.17% 79.88% 7.19% 6.80% 1.32% 2.73% 2.09%

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