Windows 7 passes 20% while Chrome reaches 10%

Windows 7 passes 20% while Chrome reaches 10%

Summary: The new NetMarketShare figures for December 2010 show that Microsoft Windows 7 now has 20.9% of the operating system market, as measured by visits to the websites that NetMarketShare monitors.

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The new NetMarketShare figures for December 2010 show that Microsoft Windows 7 now has 20.9% of the operating system market, as measured by visits to the websites that NetMarketShare monitors. It gained 1.2 percentage points on the previous month, and has gained 15 percentage points since December 2009.

Windows XP still represents the largest slice of the market, with a share of 56.7%, ahead of Windows Vista (12.1%) and Mac OS X 10.6 (3.1%). XP has dropped 11 percentage points since December 2009.

Lower down the scale, Apple's iPhone (1.02%) has overtaken Linux (0.96%), while the iPad (0.52%) is increasing its market share as measured by general web site access.

In the browser market, Google's Chrome has also reached a notable milestone, with a market share of 10.0%. Of course, Microsoft's Internet Explorer is still the market leader, with a 57.1% share, followed by Firefox (22.8%).

In terms of browser versions, IE8 is the most popular (33.0%), followed by Firefox 3.6 (18.5%), IE6 (13.1%), IE7 (8.8%), Chrome 8 (7.3%) and Safari 5 (3.2%), according to NetMarketShare figures.

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Jack Schofield

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Jack Schofield spent the 1970s editing photography magazines before becoming editor of an early UK computer magazine, Practical Computing. In 1983, he started writing a weekly computer column for the Guardian, and joined the staff to launch the newspaper's weekly computer supplement in 1985. This section launched the Guardian’s first website and, in 2001, its first real blog. When the printed section was dropped after 25 years and a couple of reincarnations, he felt it was a time for a change....

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  • > Of course, Microsoft's Internet Explorer is still the market leader

    There's no "of course" about it, Jack. Other figures show that Firefox has overtaken IE in Europe, for example.
    BrownieBoy-4ea41
  • @BrownieBoy: Firefox is now bloatware. Consider other browsers like Chrome and Opera if you are looking for the same level of customization. I won't be coming back for a possible answer, just an advice here.
    Queops
  • The trends are interesting. For instance, Firefox seems to have reached a plateau at around 23% of the market. While IE has been declining about 0.5% each month, others like Chrome and Safari continue to climb. So right now it seems that Firefox has reached its cap, while IE is suffering loss to Chrome and Safari (must be due to what OS is being used, I presume, because Windows is losing global share to iOS mostly it seems ; other OS's are staying around the same).
    Chris_Clay
  • @apexwm

    Yes, it looks as though Firefox's market expansion is being eaten by Chrome, and I won't be surprised if Firefox goes into long-term relative decline. (The market is growing so it may still increase its user base.)
    Jack Schofield
  • @anonymuos I've noticed you make that comment a few times and it doesn't reflect what we've seen with Windows 7 (that Wikipedia list includes a lot of changed features as well as things like old screensavers that are no longer included, and there are significant changes to the internals of Windows). It might be more interesting if you commented on what you, specifically, find to be usability issues in Windows 7 yourself?

    generally, the way iOS is pulling ahead of Linux is an interesting development - but as the recent data caps from T Mobile and the increasing trend to browse online show, users and carriers seem to be going in different directions
    M
    Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe
  • @Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

    I don't think there is much point in talking to @anonymuos because it's a lying spambot.
    I tweeted about it last year
    http://twitter.com/jackschofield/status/15815627549708289

    This Google search shows it's pretty active:
    http://bit.ly/fGAh0x
    Jack Schofield