While Windows Vista never managed to overtake the stellar success that Microsoft saw with Windows XP, Windows 7 will. By the end of March 2011, Redmond’s newest OS had overtaken its predecessor, coming to rest just beneath the juggernaut that is XP. April promises to take it over the top.
Windows XP sits at 32.17%, down 10% from a year previous. Windows Vista saw a similar decline, falling to under 20%. Apple’s OS X software managed to eke a couple of points up to 15% while Linux once again sat beneath a single percentage point.
Of note is the fact that this survey only includes desktop operating systems – that means that both desktops and notebooks are counted, but not mobile devices such as Android and iOS-powered cell phones and tablets. Regardless, all of the above data are regarding US statistics only. Add in the rest of the world, and things change dramatically:
Windows XP still dropped 12%, but it’s down from 60% to 48. Windows 7 sits in second place, with 31% of the share, Windows Vista still takes up 13.66%. OS X drops to 6.5% on the world stage, and Linux holds its own with the same 3/4s of a percent.