For the longest time now, Windows XP has reigned as the top Windows operating system in terms of market share. Well, not anymore. According to data from Net Applications, Windows XP is no longer number one. Instead, Windows 7 is now the top operating system.
According to Net Applications, Windows 7 comes in at 46.60% market share while Windows XP comes in at 46.33% market share. Windows 7 barely beats Windows XP, in data collected up to the month of August. Windows 8 has a 0.25% market share, while Windows Vista has a 6.70% share. Obviously, once Windows 8 is released in October, the market share should climb significantly. This data marks the first time that Windows XP has been overthrown as the number one operating system. Why is it that Windows 7 is barely making it to the top? Could it be that consumers/businesses are still making the jump to Windows 7, with Windows 8 on the horizon? It could be possible. Windows XP has always been “good enough” to use. Those who took the plunge and made the transition to Windows 7 have come to be accustomed to the operating system and now feel that it is good enough in their minds. It will be interesting to see how Windows 8 will change this once it is released.