Windows 7 Passes XP in Market Share for the First Time

NetMarketShare comes the important statistic that for the first time ever – in October 2012 – Windows 7 passes XP in market share (see below). This cements Vista as the overlooked operating system that never lived up to Microsoft’s expectations. Some believe that every other Microsoft OS is a success, meaning that Windows 8 will automatically be a bust. Even if that is true (which is very arguable), it ignores the paradigm change that Windows 8 represents. It is not just an updated OS, but a paradigm shifting one where the new platforms include tablets and smartphones. XP perhaps has finally begun that long walk into the night. Or has it? ]]>

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