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Windows 7 worldwide market share jumps past Mac OS X, growing faster than Vista

Windows 7 has turned out to be the darling of the operating system market share these days, nabbing a larger slice of the pie in a shorter amount of time than Vista - and overtaking all versions of Mac OS X.
Written by Rachel King, Contributor on

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Windows 7 has turned out to be the darling of the operating system market share these days, nabbing a larger slice of the pie in a shorter amount of time than Vista - and overtaking all versions of Mac OS X.

According to a report published on Ars Technica, a month after being released Windows 7 was already at the 4.00 percent mark, compared to the Microsoft OS that frustrated everyone (Vista), which was at 0.93 percent after a month. After two months, Windows 7 was 5.71 percent, while Vista was at only 2.04 percent in its early days.

A lot of Windows 7's success is being attributed to the fact that it got the 2009 holiday season to boost sales numbers.

Interestingly, while it seems like Windows 7 was skyrocketing, almost everyone (Windows 7, Vista and Mac OS X) were all dropping percentage points in the last few months. Only Linux showed positive percentage growth in December 2009.

Nevertheless, since Windows 7 jumped from 4.00 percent to 5.71 percent, they surpassed all versions of Mac OS X (10.4, 10.5 and 10.6) combined (4.87 percentage points total).

Anyone surprised?

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