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Windows 7 Overtakes Windows XP as Leading OS

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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  • edogawa
    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
    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
    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
    That's because W7 is the best Windows since XP.
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  • SpadeM
    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
    "Will have to pry XP and 7 from my Cold, Dead, Hands....."

    Screw 8....
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  • memadmax
    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
    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
    It's about damn time but it goes to show you just how fantastic XP was.
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  • azraa
    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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