While Microsoft is working hard on getting Windows 8 ready to ship, their previous operating system (OS) Windows 7 is still going strong. Cnet reports that Windows 7 has recently become the most used OS, taking the leading position from Windows XP. That’s strange as Windows XP had it’s successor Windows Vista, but somehow that never gained the popularity or market-share similar to XP or Windows 7.
At the moment Windows XP has a whopping market-share of 29,9%, but Windows 7 has an amazing 50.2% cut of the OS market. Windows Vista is at only 8.32% but together Microsoft OS’es are installed on nearly 90% of the computers that were measured and Apple is still a relative small niche with an install base of 7%.
It will be interesting to see how the numbers change once Windows 8 is released. OEMs will likely deliver it with new computers and the question will be if consumers will be attracted to Windows 8 with it’s Metro GUI.