It may have taken nearly 3 years and a lot of marketing, but Windows 7 now finally seems to have claimed the spot outright as the number one OS in the world. According to StatCounter
– Windows 7 broke through the 50% operating system market share barrier at the end of last month.
However other market share companies such as NetMarketShare
claim that Windows 7 has only 42% of the market at this point in time, whilst claiming that Windows XP is still the market leader with 44%.
Personally I think I’d be inclined to sway more towards StatCounters market share results. Windows XP has been around for more than 10 years and I think it’s time has well and truly passed. Windows 7 has been argued by many as the best Windows operating system to date, and the market share results prove this. By comparison, Windows Vista was never a users first preference, nor their second! It only managed a meagre 23.5% of the total market in the 3-4 years it was on the market. Growth rates compared to Windows 7 were unimpressive to say the least.