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July 15, 2008

Windows XP to slowly retire while still on top



Net Applications Global Internet Usage Market Share shows Microsoft Windows XP still maintaining a dominant leadership position with 73.01%. The remarkable part of this is that Microsoft announced 2 years ago that XP would be phased out. But, XP users are reluctant to let go. As of June 30, XP will no longer be sold by the major PC makers. For those that would forgo a name brand to get the OS they want, XP will still be available from smaller custom builders.

Operating System Usage Trend:

Month

Windows XP

Windows Vista

MacIntel

Mac OS

Windows 2000

Linux

Other

August, 2007

80.84%

6.29%

2.83%

3.35%

3.68%

0.47%

2.54%

September, 2007

79.66%

7.41%

3.24%

3.39%

3.33%

0.49%

2.48%

October, 2007

79.41%

7.94%

3.43%

3.16%

3.17%

0.50%

2.39%

November, 2007

78.37%

9.19%

3.59%

3.22%

2.97%

0.57%

2.09%

December, 2007

76.91%

10.48%

4.02%

3.28%

2.66%

0.63%

2.02%

January, 2008

75.10%

11.97%

4.31%

3.26%

2.71%

0.64%

2.01%

February, 2008

74.47%

12.92%

4.39%

3.07%

2.54%

0.65%

1.96%

March, 2008

73.59%

14.02%

4.54%

2.94%

2.36%

0.61%

1.94%

April, 2008

73.07%

14.57%

4.59%

2.79%

2.38%

0.63%

1.97%

May, 2008

72.12%

15.26%

5.02%

2.81%

2.25%

0.68%

1.86%

June, 2008

71.20%

16.14%

5.25%

2.69%

2.11%

0.80%

1.81%

Where will XP users go when they finally do upgrade? Vista, Mac OS or Linux are all viable choices. But, perhaps as XP phases out, the true beneficiaries will be handheld devices. The iPhone 3G certainly has the mind share as well as the mobile usage share to contend. And, RIM is offering Blackberry devices with the Opera browser, finally providing a real browser with the only mobile device widely accepted by corporations. Windows Mobile and Symbian devices are also improving to meet the growing trend to mobile computing.

I expect the iPhone to be the first mobile device to be a true desktop replacement. But, as other mobile devices race to match or even beat the feature set of the iPhone, there could be other contenders to emerge soon.

For these and other Global Market Share Statistics, go to marketshare.hitslink.com.

Interested in an even deeper level of MarketShare Global Usage Statistics? Send a note with your name, company, phone number and email address to sales@netapplications.com.

 

 



- Vincent Vizzaccaro