|windows xp vs windows 7|
Windows 7 is now the world's most popular desktop operating system, according to the August report from Net Applications.Windows XP was released in 2001., Windows 7 had a 42.76% market share, a fraction of a point more than Windows XP's 42.52%. The much-maligned Windows Vista sits at third place with a 6.15% market share, followed by Mac OS X 10.7 and Mac OS X 10.6 with 2.45% and 2.38%, respectively.
All in all, older versions included, Microsoft controls some 92% of the market.
It took three years for Windows 7 to become the world's most popular OS. Microsoft's desktop operating system, which was launched in October 2009, will soon be replaced by a newer version — .
Windows 8, which is , will be Microsoft's first operating system designed to work just as well on tablets as it does on desktop computers.
Users running Windows XP,
Vista or Windows 7 will be able to upgrade to Windows
8 Professional for $39.99 via an online download.