For the first time in many years, Windows XP may no longer be the most widely used version of Windows. At least, that's what the latest data from Net Application says. The research firm's figures for the month of August show Windows 7 with the largest usage share, 42.76%, just ahead of Windows XP, which seized a slightly smaller 42.52% share.
Net Applications says it obtains its usage share data from "the browsers of site visitors to our exclusive on-demand network of live stats customers." Those site visitors number "approximately 160 million" each month, which sounds like a pretty healthy sample size.
As you can see in the historical graph above, Windows 7 has been steadily growing in popularity over the past year or so, while Windows XP's user base has been shrinking slowly. Vista is on the decline, too—at 6.72%, its August usage share is only a small fraction of Windows 7's and XP's. The aggregate share for the last two versions of OS X is smaller still, but only by about one percentage point.
It's nice to see folks slowly abandoning Windows XP. The OS has some unfortunate security shortcomings, and it's getting seriously long in the tooth. We're actually about a month and a half away from its 11th birthday. It'll be interesting to see whether Windows 8's arrival this fall will accelerate XP's demise. (Thanks to CNet News for the tip.)
|Take a video tour of our Breadbox build||24|
|National Hot Tea Day Shortbread||39|
|Deals of the week: a $140 850 EVO 500GB SSD and more||18|
|AOC Q2963PQ offers 29" of ultrawide IPS on the cheap||39|
|Need for Speed for PC embraces 4K displays and unlocked FPS||57|
|White Shirt Day Shortbread||27|
|Some Zen CPUs may pack 32 cores and eight memory channels||145|
|Snapdragon 625 SoC powers up mid-range mobile devices||18|
|HP will bring FreeSync to all of its AMD-powered laptops this year||32|