Windows 7's one year anniversary is rapidly approaching, and despite being hailed as the quickest selling operating system
, Windows XP remains number one in global usage. According to stats provided by Net Applications, XP holds 60.03% of the market, down slightly from last month's 60.89% and last year's 70.48%. Naturally, those numbers factor in rival platforms, but XP currently represents 66% of all Windows machines.
Vista's overall share slipped from 14% to 13.35% during the recent sequential period, which equates to 14.66% among Windows users -- much lower than its all-time high of 20.35%. Windows 7 gained about 1.25% on-month, moving from 15.85% to 17.10%, or 19% of all Windows systems. Microsoft's OS share as a whole has fallen by nearly 1% over the last nine months, but it's not clear what platform has benefited from Redmond's loss.
StatCounter, another research firm, puts XP at 53.99%, Vista at 16.59%, and Windows 7 supposedly holds 22.04% of the total market. That breaks down to 58%, 18%, and 24% of all Windows computers. ConveivablyTech
notes that while the numbers may be different between outfits, the overall trend is similar: Windows 7 is chipping away at XP and Vista.