Analytics firm StatCounter reports that Windows 7 has finally jumped ahead of Windows Vista in total market share worldwide. The data is based on an analysis of 15 billion page views for August 2010 collected from the StatCounter network of over three million websites.
According to August numbers, Windows 7 took a 19.4-percent worldwide market share whereas Vista only racked in 17.7-percent. Unsurprisingly, Windows XP still dominates the Microsoft OS market, taking a 55.4-percent total market share.
"Africa, Asia and South America are driving the increased market share for Windows 7," said Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. "Although there has been extremely good growth for Windows 7 in Europe and North America, it has yet to overtake Vista in these regions."
As indicated, Windows Vista is still outperforming Windows 7 here in the States, taking in 24.7-percent compared to Windows 7's 20.7-percent. Windows XP still rules the local market however, taking in a meatier 50.6-percent.
In Europe, the gap isn't quite so large. While XP still commands a large 47.5-percent market share, Windows Vista retains a slightly larger 22.7-percent market share over Windows 7's smaller 21.9-percent.
"The installed base of Windows Vista was very low in Africa, Asia and South America and now users in these regions are upgrading straight from Windows XP to Windows 7 giving rise to this leap in market share," Cullen added.
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