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Windows 7 Overtakes Windows XP as Leading OS

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Windows 7 edges out its competition by a few percent.

According to the latest stats from Net Applications, Windows 7 continues its dominance in the operating system market by accumulating more market share than Windows XP last month.

During September, Windows 7 was responsible for 44 percent of all Web traffic among operating systems. Windows XP trailed behind by taking second place with a 41.2 percent share.

The aforementioned figures represent a wider gap between the two popular operating systems since August when Windows 7 overtook XP's market share by just fraction of a percentage point (Windows 7: 42.76, Windows XP: 42.5).

Windows 8 experienced slight growth by reaching 0.3 percent from 0.23 percent in August. Even when it does launch, however, Windows 7 still may be the leading operating system if a recent survey is anything to go by. Carried out by Forums Windows 8, in a survey 53 percent of users said Windows 7 remains their favorite operating system, with Windows 8 attributing for 25 percent of votes, followed by Windows XP with 20 percent.

 

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    memadmax , October 1, 2012 8:01 PM
    "Will have to pry XP and 7 from my Cold, Dead, Hands....."

    Screw 8....
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    NuclearShadow , October 1, 2012 8:19 PM
    It's about damn time but it goes to show you just how fantastic XP was.
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    DroKing , October 1, 2012 7:44 PM
    Probably because of the fact that people are snatching windows 7 up due to the windows 8 going to suck major balls.
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  • 14 Hide
    edogawa , October 1, 2012 7:44 PM
    Windows 7 is solid as a rock, fantastic OS. Windows 8 will probably do as bad as vista, I hope Microsoft learns that no one wants a tablet UI on a desktop.
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    DroKing , October 1, 2012 7:44 PM
    Probably because of the fact that people are snatching windows 7 up due to the windows 8 going to suck major balls.
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    bustapr , October 1, 2012 7:46 PM
    I personally havent seen a pc with winxp in quite a while. I had the feeling W7 was in the lead by alot. goes to show almost half the pc users in the world havent upgraded their pcs in many years.
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    oneblackened , October 1, 2012 7:49 PM
    That's because W7 is the best Windows since XP.
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    SpadeM , October 1, 2012 8:00 PM
    Windows 8 will be the most "successful" $$ OS for Microsoft .. and there are a couple of reasons for this:

    1. It will come preinstalled on every laptop, AIO, tablet, OEM desktop (larger install base then all the previous windows could muster since it includes tablets now)
    2. A larger install base means more licenses sold therefor means more $$
    3. As a by product of such a large install base, ppl that want to downgrade to windows 7 on their desktop/laptops .. will pay for a W7 license so ... more cash to MS either way.

    The bottom line is, on paper, it'll set a new record on copies sold in bulk .. but when you filter by platform .. well .. who cares right? Money in the bank!
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    memadmax , October 1, 2012 8:01 PM
    "Will have to pry XP and 7 from my Cold, Dead, Hands....."

    Screw 8....
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    memadmax , October 1, 2012 8:02 PM
    SpadeMWindows 8 will be the most "successful" $$ OS for Microsoft .. and there are a couple of reasons for this:1. It will come preinstalled on every laptop, AIO, tablet, OEM desktop (larger install base then all the previous windows could muster since it includes tablets now) 2. A larger install base means more licenses sold therefor means more $$3. As a by product of such a large install base, ppl that want to downgrade to windows 7 on their desktop/laptops .. will pay for a W7 license so ... more cash to MS either way.The bottom line is, on paper, it'll set a new record on copies sold in bulk .. but when you filter by platform .. well .. who cares right? Money in the bank!


    You forgot about Vista then.....
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    john_4 , October 1, 2012 8:09 PM
    What ever. My main gaming rig runs 7-64 but my bootcamp partition will stay on my mini-mac as long as the hardware still works for all those thousands of legacy PC games out there. Amazon has them all at dirt cheap prices. Baldur's Gate and the Icewind Dale series are two that come to mind.
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    NuclearShadow , October 1, 2012 8:19 PM
    It's about damn time but it goes to show you just how fantastic XP was.
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    azraa , October 1, 2012 8:20 PM
    I giggle a little, inside my inner forum:
    Most of those copies ARE pirate, as there are many many ways to bypass any security by ms.

    I dont understand how an OS expects to be the mainstream option if buying an original OS (whether it is XP or 7) for a machine is quite expensive, reduces budget to get better components, and yields almost no benefit over pirate (with proper activation and with previous analysis for backdoors) version.

    Oh well, thats just me.
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    gm0n3y , October 1, 2012 8:25 PM
    bustaprI personally havent seen a pc with winxp in quite a while. I had the feeling W7 was in the lead by alot. goes to show almost half the pc users in the world havent upgraded their pcs in many years.

    I work as a software developer for a tech firm and all of our computers are still running xp / server 2k3. Its getting really old as most of the newer dev tools I'm using don't work well on XP. Supposedly they are planning on upgrading in the next 6 months or so, but I doubt it. I'm guessing that most other corporate computers are running XP.
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    hannibal , October 1, 2012 8:27 PM
    memadmaxYou forgot about Vista then.....


    Not actually. Windows 7 came very fast after Vista. Vista was one of those most shortest "new" OS in the market cases. So no wonder that Vista is not so big, considern the short lifespan and very stormy public opinion. The win 8 will live longer than Vista did. The facelift version of windows 8 (win 9) will come in shedule if everything goes ok in a couple of years after Win 8. Because win 9 will have the same core and UI than win 8, it will be easier to MS to produce it to the market, so they have more time to tinker it sleeker and add some features as replasement to disk operation system, so it will be better than win 8 will be but that is how OS normally develop. Facelifts/upgrades are more stable and more robust. The very new consept has more problems. This time the difference between win7 and win8 is mainly just UI so it does not reguire so much from MS to make it very stable. So win 8 should live longer than Vista did.
    But win 7 is so popular that it will be guite high in the list at least near 2020 when the support will end, like now is happening to win XP. So concratulatios to new king OS win 7!
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    JamesSneed , October 1, 2012 8:33 PM
    Ditto at work we still have XP. I just love when I drag a windows off the screen to snap it in place on 1/2 the screen and think for a second crap im on XP.
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    warmon6 , October 1, 2012 8:47 PM
    Maybe im going crazy but I though windows 7 overtook xp like a year ago?

    http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/15/windows-7-overtakes-xp-globally-vista-found-weeping-in-a-corner/

    (pretty sure toms had an article on this even but cant seam to find it)
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    Pherule , October 1, 2012 8:52 PM
    Noooo, not XP! My precious!
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    CDdude55 , October 1, 2012 9:00 PM
    Will be running Windows 7 for the foreseeable future. Many have already expressed the many negative aspects of Windows 8, so i won't sound redundant.
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    bin1127 , October 1, 2012 9:05 PM
    so when will vista overtake win95?
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    obsama1 , October 1, 2012 9:10 PM
    I hope MS does a Platform Update for 7 like they did for Vista. Bring DX11.1 and all the optimizations to 7, and those who want the Windows 8 UI can get get Windows 8.
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