December Market Share, XP Drops, Windows 7 Gains

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 22, 2010
Updated • Jun 13, 2014

Windows XP stays on top of the operating system market share while Windows 7 continues to gain grounds. The latest market share statistics are in and they confirm recent trends.

Windows XP is still the top operating system with a market share between 51% (Statcounter) and 57% (Hitslink). That's a comfortable lead as it is still twice as much as the market share of Windows 7 which the services see between 24% and 19%.

A closer look at the past year reveals tendencies. Windows XP loses between 1% and 2% market share per month, while Windows gains about the same amount each month.

Windows Vista, the successor of Windows XP and predecessor of Windows 7, dropped as well from a market share between 22% and 17% to between 16% and 12%.

Windows 7 managed to surpass the highest market share of Windows Vista in one year's time, and it is likely that recent trends will continue. Windows XP and Vista will continue to lose market share to Windows 7. Linux and Mac OS did not really change in that time. Only Statcounter sees a 1% increase of Mac OS.

operating system market share

Lets take a look at the browser market share as well. Microsoft's Internet Explorer is the browser with the highest market share. Statcounter recorded a drop below 50% to 48% in November while Hitslink sees the browser at 58% in November 2010 followed by Mozilla Firefox with a market share between 22% and 31%, Google Chrome between 9% and 13%, Safari between 4% and 5% and the Opera browser at 2%.

Firefox does not seem to be able to get any more market share, as it is showing a constant share in the last twelve months. The only two browsers showing movement at all are Microsoft's Internet Explorer (downwards) and Google Chrome (upwards).

It is very likely that current trends will continue both when it comes to operating systems and web browsers. On the operating system side, Windows 7 will continue to gain market share while XP and Vista will continue to lose it.

Internet Explorer's market share will drop further in coming months while Chrome's will rise.


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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

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    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

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  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

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  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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