Windows 7 set to take over Windows XP in August
Windows 7 is all set to surpass Windows XP’s market share in August. According to the data released by Web analytics company Net Applications, Windows 7 garnered a market share of 42.21 percent in July.
This was marginally lower than the 42.86 percent market share of Windows XP during the month. In comparison to the previous year, Windows XP has declined steadily in 2012.
In July 2011, the market share of Windows XP stood at 52 percent. As Windows XP nears its official end of support date of April 8, 2014, more and more computer users are now migrating to Windows 7. It’s become essential to upgrade Windows XP to Windows 7 as after April 8, 2014, Microsoft will not offer any support for the operating system.
Microsoft has released Windows 8 to manufacturing and will be available to the public from October 26 onwards. To increase the uptake of Windows 8, the company has started a special offer under which Windows 7 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 for $15. This might result in a decrease in the market share of Windows 7, but still it’s Microsoft that will benefit from Windows 8 sales.