Windows 7 begins to overtake Windows XP in usage

Windows 7 has finally overtaken Windows XP as the most used operating system in the world if online stats are to be believed. According to Stat Counter global stats as of October 2011, Windows 7 now holds 41.74% share worldwide while Microsoft’s 2001 operating system Windows XP managed 39.97%.

Windows 7 has shown great growth over the past year and has started to push the old, but reliable, Windows XP behind it. Windows Vista has remained down the list with an 11.51% share, and Apple’s Mac OS X operating system has managed to make a small gain over the past year, rising from 5.9% in September 2010, to 6.89% in October 2011. The news comes a few weeks after Microsoft officially showed off Windows 8 to developers. With the touch heavy operating system due out sometime next year, Windows 7 desktop usage could remain high for some time.

Microsoft has recently been pushing companies to dump Windows XP and move to Windows 7 with the news that they will not be extending the operating system's life any further and will be sticking to their statement that they are “end-of-lifing XP and Office 2003 and everything prior, in April 2014.”

Thanks to BPN poster MtnDewCodeRedFreak for the submission.

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Xerax said,
Old news much? This was announced at BUILD day 1.

Indeed, and in probably the first two minutes.

Depending on how thoroughly Microsoft abandons the traditional desktop, in favor of the tablet-centric Metro interface, I foresee XP hanging in until the last day and Windows 7 will be the next long-term Operating System. Businesses have better things to do than spend millions of dollars just to change how they perform data entry operations.

TsarNikky said,
Depending on how thoroughly Microsoft abandons the traditional desktop, in favor of the tablet-centric Metro interface, I foresee XP hanging in until the last day and Windows 7 will be the next long-term Operating System. Businesses have better things to do than spend millions of dollars just to change how they perform data entry operations.

The idea that Metro is *specifically* for tablets and other touch-enabled hardware is absolutely *absurd* - and the only reason folks are making that assumption is that Metro takes a ton of clues from the Windows Phone 7 UI.

On the one hand, you complain about too many different UIs among all your various devices, and then when the *only* player across the whole field - Microsoft - does something about it, you get "complainers' remorse" and say "I don't really want *everything* to change - in fact, my desktop is just fine the way it is." You sound like all too many Americans who whine and gripe about political issues - everything from the Presidency to the tax code - even on a state and local level - far easier to change than Congress. Do many of you whine and gripe just to whine and gripe?

They should EOL XP much, much sooner than April 2014. It just gives idiots an excuse to keep clinging to it. Three more years??? Ridiculous.

osuwildlifer said,
They should EOL XP much, much sooner than April 2014. It just gives idiots an excuse to keep clinging to it. Three more years??? Ridiculous.

the support was intended to expire this year but
they would get sued!

FMH said,
2014? Wow! I'm definitely surprised. I thought it was in 2012.

I do believe it was originally 2012, but then they saw how no one, especially businesses were jumping on the Vista bandwagon (for very good reason there) and that in turn made them afraid to go with Windows 7.

Personally,
I'm very glad to see them still supporting it until 2014. XP was and still is a sweet OS.

well, XP is not entirely useless and will not disappear for a while. I have one old Fujitsu-Siemens laptop which has 1.6GHz P4M processor, 512MB RAM and 30GB HDD, and I don't see any other reasonable and USABLE OS on this PC except XP. I tried to install Win7 on it but it was unusable with these specs. At the same time XP runs just fine. As long as people have such older HW to run XP on it won't disappear nowhere. I have it as a backup PC just in case, and it's a very valuable device if my own laptop would fail.

KingCrimson said,
Windows 7 = the newer better XP. Business does not want stupid toy UI like Metro infesting their workspace.

KingCrimson - have you even *tried* the Developer Preview with a keyboard and mouse?

Other than the Start menu - the one thing that hasn't changed about Windows since it's introduction with Windows 95 - sixteen years ago - and the addition of the StartScreen - nothing has changed when it comes from a user's POV between Metro/Immersive in the Developer Preview and Windows 7. The standard desktop (except for the Start menu) - is still there. You can still pretty it up with themes - in fact, the themes for Windows 7 still work! You can still add icons to the desktop - or not - as you see fit. Why is the Start menu so important? Not a single anti-Metro/Immersive opinion has been anything but subjective, opinionated, and absolutely lacking facts. And before you get the idea that I've previously owned a tablet or other touch-enabled computer, you'd be absatively posilutely *wrong*. I have never owned, or used, a touch-enabled computer (the closest has been the touch-screen ATMs in some ATM networks) and self-serve-checkout kiosks in some grocery stores - that's it. I have a bare-metal install of the Developer Preview on my traditional desktop, and I run it with a keyboard and mouse - just as I do Windows 7 x64 - my primary OS - on the other drive.The anti-Metro rants remind me all too much of the opinions expressed in a TV ad from a certain cereal company based in Battle Creek, MI - all opinion and not a fact to be found. I certainly don't share the distaste, and until I actually hear some objective reasons for the Start menu's retention, I won't give the rants any weighting at all.

I may understand your rant - however, that doesn't mean I agree with it.

it is a down hell from here , Windows 8 would just acceleare XP decline even father sound XP would be around ~15% by dec 2012

manifest the destiny!

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