Net Applications: Windows 7 finally beats Windows XP

For the past several years, Windows XP has been the operating system that's been used the most by PC owners in the world. That was due in part to the failure of its immediate successor, Windows Vista, as companies and individuals decided to not upgrade. By contrast, Windows 7 has been embraced more by PC owners. Now statistics researcher Net Applications says that Windows 7 is being used more than Windows XP.


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In Net Applications' latest results for August 2012, Windows 7 is finally shown as being on top of the PC OS list, with the chart showing it being used on 42.76 percent of PCs worldwide. Windows XP has dropped down on Net Applications' stats to the number two position for the first time in, well, years. In August, Net Applications showed the OS as having 42.52 percent of the OS market share.

Windows Vista is still a distant third in these latest stats with 6.15 percent of the OS market share. Net Applications shows that Windows 8 is being used by 0.23 percent of all PCs running in the world. That percentage should skyrocket after October 26th, when it will be released to the general public.

Source: Net Applications
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Supertras said,
It took 3 years. I'm waiting for 2020 when Windows 8 will beat Windows 7.

I doubt it will ever happen, Vista never became more popular than XP, not by a long way.

Supertras said,
It took 3 years. I'm waiting for 2020 when Windows 8 will beat Windows 7.

I doubt anyone will care about Windows 8 in 2020. By then it will be a joke of a failed product like Windows Me and Microsoft Bob. "Remember Windows 8, lol."

aviator189 said,
windows 7 is just plain awesome.

And Windows 8 is twice as awesome, let alone that you can currently make 8 look exactly as 7 if you wish so.

Ely said,

And Windows 8 is twice as awesome, let alone that you can currently make 8 look exactly as 7 if you wish so.


oh don't get me wrong, I love windows 8 too. I just left that out because this article concerns windows 7.

xankazo said,
And the battles begins again: Windows 7 vs Windows 8.

its already over when win 8 rtm'd

in case people missed the score it was,
Windows 7 = 1
Windows 8 = 0

Winner by clean sweep.. Windows 7 !

Mr. Dee said,
I expect Windows 7 to skyrocket after October 26th, lol!

Yeah, right. It's like

"I have Windows XP, and I wanna upgrade. Which one should I choose? The already obsolete and actually slower Win7 or the brand new Win8 which is cheaper, too? Hmm, let me think... Let's pick Win7!"

Sure, mate!

Mr. Dee said,
I expect Windows 7 to skyrocket after October 26th, lol!

Skyrocket? The existence of a new version, no matter how unpopular, wouldn't add to Windows 7's popularity. If any date is gonna cause Windows 7 to skyrocket, it's Windows XP's end of support in 2014.

bviktor said,

Yeah, right. It's like

"I have Windows XP, and I wanna upgrade. Which one should I choose? The already obsolete and actually slower Win7 or the brand new Win8 which is cheaper, too? Hmm, let me think... Let's pick Win7!"

Sure, mate!

I have Windows 8 Pro and Windows 7 Professional dual booting on a SSD drive and both boot in the same amount of time from BIOS to desktop, which about 5 seconds. One drawback of Windows 8's new hybrid boot, you have to restart sometimes to reinitialize devices such as an external USB thumb drive.

On a traditional mechanical hard disk, performance is neglible, Windows 8 is indeed fast, but starkly fast compared to Windows 7. As far as I can see Windows 8 is optimized for SSD's, but Windows 7 is already fast on SSDs to begin with, so the selling point is just no there. If you talk about Hyper-V now, then thats a different story or PC syncing or Storage Pools or Secure Boot. But fast is relative. I will note though that application launching in terms of finding and executing an app on Windows 8 is much faster.

after seeing windows 8 people will go back to windows xp especially those who were in two minds between xp and 7 to begin with. this percentage can go back up in the next 6 months.

slumdogtrillionaire said,
after seeing windows 8 people will go back to windows xp especially those who were in two minds between xp and 7 to begin with. this percentage can go back up in the next 6 months.

Nope.

slumdogtrillionaire said,
after seeing windows 8 people will go back to windows xp especially those who were in two minds between xp and 7 to begin with. this percentage can go back up in the next 6 months.

Your comment makes my brain hurt

slumdogtrillionaire said,
after seeing windows 8 people will go back to windows xp especially those who were in two minds between xp and 7 to begin with. this percentage can go back up in the next 6 months.
Yeah, next thing we'll be seeing people going back to XP 64-bit so that they can use more than 4GB of RAM. Not.

Windows XP will reclaim the crown when Windows 8 is released because Windows 7 will have to split the market share with Windows 8. People who are on XP have no plans of upgrading.

FalsePositive said,
Windows XP will reclaim the crown when Windows 8 is released because Windows 7 will have to split the market share with Windows 8. People who are on XP have no plans of upgrading.

They also have no idea of security and you have no idea what you are on about.

Toysoldier said,
you have no idea what you are on about.

Please explain the flaw in my prediction.

PS I'm more secure than you probably.

FalsePositive said,

Please explain the flaw in my prediction.

PS I'm more secure than you probably.

By definition, you're less secure based on your misguided belief to hold onto such an outdated operating system. Do you drive a car or do you believe the horse and carriage does the same job just as well?

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