Windows 7 passes Vista in global market share

Windows 7 passes Vista in global market share

Summary: Microsoft Windows 7 has just overtaken Windows Vista in global usage, according to Netmarketshare numbers based on monitoring websites. Windows 7 grew by 0.

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Microsoft Windows 7 has just overtaken Windows Vista in global usage, according to Netmarketshare numbers based on monitoring websites. Windows 7 grew by 0.76 percentage points in July to take 14.46% of the market, while Vista fell by 0.34 points to 14.43%.

But as Netmarketshare points out: “Windows XP is still the leading operating system by far, with double the share of Vista and 7 combined.”

Windows XP had 61.87% of the market in July. Mac OS X 10.6 (2.84%) and OS X 10.5 (1.82%) came fourth and fifth.

Netmarketshare reckons that, in all, Windows had a usage share of 91.32% with the Mac on 5.06%. All varieties of Linux managed 0.93%, and the iPhone 0.70%.

Netmarketshare’s numbers are not necessarily an accurate guide to the number of OS installations, but they do appear to reflect global trends.

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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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  • Another good tool for measuring market trends is w3schools.org.
    Chris_Clay
  • I don't think so. I'm sure that w3schools.org is a good reflection of what happens on w3schools.org, but that's like saying what happens in Berlin, Ohio, is a good reflection of what happens Berlin, Ohio. They're only useful if, for whatever reason, you want your stats to come from an alternate reality.

    Web Designer Depot had a good piece recently (August 2, 2010):
    Will the Real Browser Stats Please Stand Up?
    http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2010/08/will-the-real-browser-stats-please-stand-up/
    Jack Schofield