The undisputed leader in the world of operating systems, Microsoft, has lost a battle in its dispute against Apple, but is far away from losing the war. Although not in a manner that Apple’s Mac OS X lovers would want, but still, a great victory for Apple. Also, the giant Microsoft also managed to outdo itself, and for the first time since its release back in 2001, Windows XP was dethroned by another Microsoft product: Windows 7.

Windows 7 Overtakes XP

As I mentioned earlier, since its arrival in 2001, Windows XP has gone to the top of the most used operating systems in the world, and has managed to keep that spot for almost 11 years, we bow our heads for Microsoft’s achievement. What is most important, is the fact that the mighty XP has lost the first place to another operating system, also produced by Microsoft, Windows 7, released in 2009, that has made a giant leap in only 3 short years.

If we look at the numbers, we can see that Windows 7 has taken the first place in the market share of operating systems, but just barely, rising over the old XP by only 0.24 percent. Although overtook, Windows XP still has a pretty big market share, at 42.52%, and the sum of both Windows XP and Windows 7 make a staggering 85.28% of the total operating system market.


Mac OS X Surpasses Vista

Windows 7 Overtakes XP, While Mac OS X Surpasses Vista in Market Share
Mac users around the world have something to be happy about: the newest Mac OS X version has finally surpassed a Microsoft product. Windows Vista, one of Microsoft’s not so loved operating systems who only had a market share of ~6% has stepped down a notch and Mac OS X has risen to a market share of 7.13%. Also, the Mountain Lion OS produced by Apple is quickly rising, and I will not be surprised if it will pick more than we could expect.

The report was submitted by Net Applications and it gives us a better understanding of how operating systems are evolving and how the masses take to them. We are all curious to see if Microsoft’s newest addition to its arsenal of operating systems, Windows 8, will have such a big impact as its predecessors had, and also, how the other contenders, Mac OS X and Linux will evolve. But for now, Microsoft having the dominant share of the OS market, with a staggering 91.42% in desktop and 83% on all kinds of operating systems, Windows is still the undisputed champion.

[via] NetApplications


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I often wonder, where is technology heading? What do all of these advances mean for us and for our future? I sometimes miss the days when I didn’t know how to use a floppy disk, or how a computer CPU works, but now, until I find an answer to my questions, I’ll keep tracking these advances and show everything I find to those who share my interests.