Windows 7 May Overtake Windows XP In 2012

Windows 7 May Overtake Windows XP In 2012

According to recent statistics from Net Applications, Windows XP currently accounts for 46.5% of the global OS market. This is a slight drop since August 2011, when similar statistics showed the OS holding a figure of 49.9%. Of course, this isn’t particularly surprising considering the operating system, released in 2001, is over a decade old. Microsoft’s 2009 release, Windows 7, now holds a 36.9% market share making it the second most popular OS globally. This shows a growth of about 12% since February 2011. The same statistics show Windows Vista, released in 2007, with a meager 8.4% share. More statistics from Q2 of last year indicate Windows 7 has been the most popular OS in the US for a while, but it appears the world is still favoring XP.

Putting all this together, it seems likely that Windows 7 may overtake Windows XP during 2012. However, Microsoft has promised Windows 8 during 2012 (with a public beta arriving in Q1), so that may shy people away from Windows 7. It’s a slippery slope for Microsoft, but one thing is clear… they need to phase out Windows XP. The software giant has announced all XP support will cease in 2014.

About the Author

avatar KALE: A geek who works in the IT Security field and lives in Dallas, TX. He is also a music geek who has played in several local bands. Previous to his IT career, Kale worked as a photojournalist. He brings technical advice and artistic counterpoint to the podcast.