Yes, that’s right! It’s September 2012, and it is now that Windows XP is finally not the most common OS around!
According to this market research, Windows 7 has surpassed Windows XP by mere 0.14% of market share in August 2012.
Just to remind you, Windows XP has been released more than 10 (ten) years ago, in 2001. Microsoft has stopped supporting it in 2009, 3 years ago. It has been “replaced” by Windows Vista in 2005, which in turn has been replaced by Windows 7 in 2009. Next Windows version, Windows 8, is planned to be released next month.
Yes, just about the time for the 10 year old version to finally step down from its top place, even if by a notch.
What does it mean?
To me it means one thing: if it works – keep it. Windows Vista didn’t work. According to the same market research, it has never crossed the 10% market share mark. That’s a failure. Windows 7 seems to be doing the work just fine. I’m writing this blog from a PC running Windows 7, and I’m not complaining. What Windows 8 brings us? We’ll have to wait and see, but one thing is for sure – I’m not going to upgrade any time soon.
And for those of you with Mac’s – well, OS X is divided more or less evenly between 10.6 and 10.7, which means that both work well. My own Mac Mini has been running with 10.6 since it came out (and 10.4/10.5 before that), and didn’t have any issues for the last 6 years it serves as my media center. Can’t say I’ve ever had a Windows PC that would last that long. So maybe paying a bit more for a shiny and more reliable product does pay off.