Microsoft Windows 7 Set To Steal Market Share From XP

According to a recent report by Net Applications, a web analytics firm, the latest iteration of Microsoft’s Windows operating system, Windows 7, has managed to acquire a operating system market share of 5.71 percent as of 31st December 2009, indicating a growth of 4 percent since November last year.

On the other hand, Net Applications data also revealed that market share of Windows XP slipped by 1.28 percent in November and was pegged at 67.77 percent by the end of December 2009.

The 8 year old operating system by Microsoft started 2009 with a market share of 75.86 percent but failed to hold-on to its share, which has seen significant market share losses every month since the past one year.

The reason for the meteoric rise in the market share of Windows 7, which was launched October 22nd 2009, is due to the rise in sales of boxed operating systems, which was up by 317 percent during Christmas season, according to NDP Group data. Another, reason being cited for its increasing popularity is the rise in sales of new PCs during the same season.

Interestingly, popular online shopping destination,, reported that Microsoft Windows 7 had emerged as the top selling software product of all time on its site.