Windows 7 finally overtakes Windows XP market share lead

market share of Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft’s desktop operating system has been considered as the most popular OS with regards to desktop computing. Majority of the users around the globe uses Windows in their homes and offices.

The previous iteration of Microsoft’s OS, the Windows XP, has been known to be one of the most used operating systems. Thus, it is considered to be the most popular OS around.

Now, Windows 7, the latest Microsoft OS, has overtaken the Windows XP as the most used operating systems, this according to Net Applications who surveyed Microsoft users and their August report.

According to Net Applications, Windows 7 had a 42.76% market share, slightly higher than the 42.52% that the Windows XP has. Windows Vista, which Microsoft thought they could replace Windows XP, has only a 6.15% share.

Mac operating systems like the Mac OS X 107 has a 2.45% market share while the MAC OS X 10.6 had a 2.38% share.

It is surprising to note that Microsoft has 92% of the market in the operating systems race when it comes to desktop computing. This includes operating systems installed on laptops and netbooks.

Windows 7 had to work 3 years to finally overtake the lead that Windows XP had on them.

Do you think Windows 8 can achieve this faster than Windows 7?

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Windows XP on its death bed

The popularity of the Windows XP OS has reached unfathomable heights during its heydays. Ever since American software giant Microsoft unveiled the latter to the public; it has become much adored by its users. The XP truly was a magnificent creation, like a marvelous sculpture done by a master artist.

Now, the beloved OS is counting its final days on personal computers the world over.

According to the company’s blog post, they reminded the world that in two years’ time, the company will no longer support the generation’s old operating system.

Stella Chrnyak, Microsoft marketing director said, “We want to acknowledge the two-year countdown to the end of Windows XP and Office 2003 support. Windows XP and Office 2003 were great software releases for their time, but the technology environment has shifted.”

The marketing director advises computer users, particularly businesses who still has XP installed in their computers, to start “migrating” machines to the latest versions of the programs well before Microsoft puts XP to rest.

The Vista which was released after the XP was a very bad replacement for the latter. People didn’t shift to Vista after finding out a lot of problems with the OS.

The dreaded date will be on April 8, 2014.

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