Windows XP Market Drops Below 50% Worldwide

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10 years in tech time is equivalent to about 100 years in real time, in that the technology that was relevant a decade ago is usually as useful today as a Model T Ford. Yet somehow the venerable Windows XP operating system, which was introduced a tech-century ago in 2001, has held on.

True, XP enjoyed a brief stay of execution thanks to the netbook craze, but even Microsoft has been trying to kill it off for a long time. Still, until fairly recently, most of the world’s computers ran Windows XP.

Now, according to NetMarketShare, Windows XP claims 49.69% of the market, dipping below the 50% mark for the first time in a long time. It also has Windows 7 at 27.92% and Windows Vista at 9.27%.

StatCounter paints a slightly different picture, with Windows XP at 43.89%, Windows 7 at 36.06%, and Windows Vista at 11.56%. Regardless, it’s a drop for Windows XP that’s been coming hard and fast; looking at StatCounter’s numbers, in July 2010, Windows XP held 56.31% market share globally.

StatCounter's stats on operating system market share, July 2010-July 2011

However, most of the decline of Windows XP, and Windows Visa for that matter, has been compensated for by the rapid adoption of Windows 7; thus, Microsoft’s overall OS market share has changed little. From July 2010 to July 2011, Microsoft’s OSes lost 1.11%, which really isn’t too much considering the difference is between 92.62% and 91.51% market share (according to StatCounter). Mac OS X (6.23%), Linux (0.76%), and “other” round out the totals.

Of note: According to StatCounter, in North America, Windows XP has but 28.48% of the market, down from 41.39% from a year ago. (Windows 7 claims 37.12%, up from 19.45% over the same time period.)
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And so begins the end of an era.

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AKwyn replied on Wed, Aug 3 2011 11:53 AM

Yup, And the beginning of an era is indicated by the slowly increasing amount of users using Mac OS X.


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Hardware has come such a long way that most dual core systems now provide as much muscle as most home and business users will ever need, so the computer upgrade/replacement cycle is no where near what it was. That's why XP will retain a lot of it's installed base until software limitations force users to move up to Windows 7.

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Schmich replied on Wed, Aug 3 2011 3:47 PM

Slowly is indeed the word. I was actually expecting that line to go up a bit more....I mean that's only going from 6% to 7% in one year.

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That's odd because I know alot of kids who are in their 20's who are clamoring for a copy of Windows ME!

Its kinda funny how they pay attention to the world market shares of things like XP, yet fail to understand that everyone outside the US/Canada is using a cracked copy of windows they got from a torrent site! Hell they have fake Apple stores in china, I am sure in the MidEast they have guys in the Bazaar's selling copies of Windows 8 along with DVD's of Harries Potters:P

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rrplay replied on Wed, Aug 3 2011 10:14 PM

Even- though the stats are not included it would be interesting to see what percentage skipped Vista all together before moving to Win 7.

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MHope replied on Thu, Aug 4 2011 12:23 AM

Mac OS X increasing slowly? How about at a glacial pace.

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realneil replied on Sun, Aug 14 2011 11:23 AM

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rrplay replied on Sun, Aug 14 2011 12:55 PM

That; nice Line graph for North America

The United States Bar graph look like this

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