Windows 7 overtakes Vista

In just over a year since its release to manufacturer (RTM), Windows 7 has overtaken Windows Vista for the first time in total market share worldwide according to web analytics firm, StatCounter.

The firm’s research arm, StatCounter Global Stats, reports that in August Windows 7 took 19.4% total market share, compared to Vista’s 17.7% worldwide. XP continues to dominate the global market with 55.4%.

Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter commented, “Africa, Asia and South America are driving the increased market share for Windows 7. Although there has been extremely good growth for Windows 7 in Europe and North America, it has yet to overtake Vista in these regions.”

Vista continues to outperform Windows 7 in North America with a market share of 24.7% compared to 20.7% for Windows 7 (Windows XP 40.6%). In Europe the gap is even closer with 22.7% for Vista compared to 21.9% for Windows 7 (XP 47.5%).

Aodhan Cullen added, “The installed base of Windows Vista was very low in Africa, Asia and South America and now users in these regions are upgrading straight from Windows XP to Windows 7 giving rise to this leap in market share.”

According to StatCounter the data is based on an analysis of 15 billion page views for August 2010 collected from the StatCounter network of over three million websites.

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