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Window XP use drops as Windows 7 catches up | Brendan Moran

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Window XP use drops as Windows 7 catches up

Microsoft­’s Win­dows XP oper­at­ing sys­tem was the most used OS in 2011 but its mar­ket share has been drop­ping rapid­ly, los­ing more than 10 per­cent as peo­ple shift to Win­dows 7.

In its lat­est desk­top OS study, released on Mon­day, web met­rics firm Net Appli­ca­tions revealed that the num­ber of com­put­ers world­wide run­ning Win­dows XP — released in Octo­ber 2001 — stood at 57.51 per­cent in Feb­ru­ary 2011, but fell to 46.52 per­cent in Decem­ber.

By con­trast, Win­dows 7, released in Octo­ber 2009, grew steadi­ly through­out last year. Its user share was at 24.09 per­cent in Feb­ru­ary, but rose to 36.99 per­cent by the end of 2011. Win­dows Vista, mean­while, dropped from 11.49 per­cent to 8.44 per­cent dur­ing the same peri­od, the study showed.