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Windows 7 Beats Windows XP in United States

Windows XP had been there on top for a long time but now Windows 7 holds the first position and become the most widely used desktop operating system in the United States.

Windows 7 and Windows XP have 31.71% and 31.56% of the desktop operating system market respectively.

Following is the distribution of desktop operating systems in the United States based on first 7 days of April:

Desktop OS Market Share

The data is extracted from StatCounter and consists of aggregated visitor stats from more than three million websites. In other words, the data reflects the market share of computers used to access the Web.

This is a great success on Microsoft’s part after the massive failure of Windows Vista. Windows 7 has been growing in a straight arrow since its launch in October 2009.


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Windows XP still holds a good chunk of market especially in the corporate sector where people are resistant to upgrade their operating systems but it seems that Windows 7 has changed that trend.

Windows 7 US

Windows XP is in commanding position if we talk about global market share. It holds 46.87% markets share as compared to Windows 7, 31.17% (as of April 2011).

However, this doesn’t mean the United States is the only country where Windows 7 has overtaken Windows XP. There are actually a number of countries where this has already happened, sometimes several months ago. A few examples:

  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Sweden

So in this sense, the United States actually turns out to be a bit behind the curve.

Via Pingdom

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