More users now on Windows 7 than XP; Apple iOS rules mobile OS market
Redmond, WA, United States (4E) – Web-based tracking network Netmarketshare revealed in its study that there are now more Microsoft Windows 7 users than Windows XP users. It been 11 years since Microsoft introduced Windows XP and only recently has Windows 7 overtaken it. Netmarketshare’s study included users who installed pirated versions of Windows XP.
Windows XP is still popularly used by offices and government organizations around the world.
In addition to Windows 7 and XP, Netmarketshare also presented data showing that there are more users using Apple’s Mac OS X (combined) compared to Microsoft’s Windows Vista. Since September 2010, Vista’s market share has dwindled from 13.75 percent to 6.15 percent.
Apple’s Mac OS X’s market share has increased from 6.94 percent to 7.13 percent in a span of eleven months.
More and more offices are now upgrading its systems from Windows XP to Windows 7. Windows XP held a market share of 61.91 percent two years ago, but it has decreased to 42.52 percent since then. Windows 7 users grew from 17.64 percent to 42.76 percent since 2010.
Overall, Microsoft still holds more than 90 percent of the OS market. Apple comes in at second place with 7.13 percent, while Linux falls to third place with 1.10 percent.
Microsoft may lead the computer market, but in the mobile OS market Apple is king. Apple’s iOS is featured on 66 percent of existing tablets. Google’s Android operating system is a far second with a 21 percent mobile OS market share.
The third most used mobile operating system is Java ME (8.37 percent), followed by BlackBerry and Symbian.