MICROSOFT'S WINDOWS 7 is now the leading operating system (OS) for PCs, according to figures from web traffic analysis firm Statcounter.
The report claims that in June more than half of all internet connected PCs, or 50.2 per cent, ran Microsoft's most recent Windows 7 OS.
Statcounter's statistics show that Windows XP was the next most popular operating system, used by 29.9 per cent of users.
This might be the first time that Windows 7 has had more market share than the other operating systems put together, but with the launch of Windows 8 looming, it's only a matter of time before Microsoft will begin pushing Windows 7 users to make the switch to its next operating system.
That's already started happening with XP. Launched back in 2001, the OS was a massive hit for the software giant and for this reason it's finding it hard to wean users away from Windows XP - especially considering how rubbish Windows Vista was. However, Microsoft has said that it's time to move on, and it will end business support for Windows XP in the next two years.
Meanwhile, not everyone agrees with Statcounter's report. According to industry watcher Netmarketshare, Windows XP still accounts for 40 per cent of the operating system market, with Windows 7 right on its tail with 39 per cent.
Netmarketshare's figures do however show that Windows 7 is gaining market share, up from 35 per cent in April, so it is probably inevitable that its statistics will show a similar result before the end of the year. µ