Feeds

Windows 8

Apple iOS 7 makes some users literally SICK. As in puking, not upset

Excessive zoom and 3D-effect graphics in Apple's latest iOS is leaving some users reaching for the sick bucket

Windows 7 passes XP, Mac OS X passes Vista

Lift a pint to salute XP, forget Vista

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Two aging Windows operating systems slipped a ranking each in the market share race this August, with Windows 7 overtaking Windows XP as the world's most popular desktop operating system, and Apple's OS X overtaking the late, lamented Windows Vista.

This news comes to us from Net Applications' monthly Net Market Share survey, which released its Desktop Operating System Market Share rankings on Monday. Caveat emptor: these statistics are based not by counting actual installation numbers – a prohibitively difficult task – but by extrapolating from internet usage as reported by 40,000 websites worldwide. Not a perfect methodology, to be sure, but one that provides a more than merely acceptable estimation.

Apple's OS X – known as Mac OS X before the release of version 10.8, Mountain Lion, this July – may have edged past Windows Vista, but it took a veritable herd of cats to pass Microsoft's unloved operating system. Net Applications' reported OS X market share of 7.13 per cent is the sum of versions 10.4 Tiger (April 2005), 10.5 Leopard (October 2007), 10.6 Snow Leopard (August 2009), 10.7 Lion (July 2011), 10.8 Mountain Lion (July 2012), plus a 0.02 per cent contribution from "no version reported".

Seeing as how it took Apple seven years worth of operating systems to edge past Microsoft's embarrassing flameout (released in January 2007), it doesn't appear that Redmond's desktop hegemony is due to come a-tumblin' down anytime soon.

Net Applications report of operating system market share in August 2012

Stat shocker: someone still uses Win98
(source: Net Applications)

Which leads us to the next nugget in Monday's report – namely that Windows XP has been passed by Windows 7. The new leader, which was released in October 2009, barely snuck by Windows XP by posting a 42.76 per cent market share versus XP's 42.52 per cent.

Seeing as how Windows XP arrived on the scene over a decade ago, we have to tip our hat to that venerable operating system in honor of its long and useful – and, of course, continuing – lifespan.

For you Mac users who'd like a little bit of context, Windows XP's October 2001 release occurred mere months after the heinously buggy Mac OS X 10.0 Cheetah's debut in March of that year, an OS which Linus Torvalds famously described as "a piece of crap."

Mac OS X 10.0 was as big – or bigger – a jump from Apple's OS 9 as Windows 8 will be from Windows 7. It remains to be seen whether Microsoft's next operating system will have as long and productive life as the one Redmond gave birth to in 2001. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Preview redux: Microsoft ships new Windows 10 build with 7,000 changes
Latest bleeding-edge bits borrow Action Center from Windows Phone
Google opens Inbox – email for people too thick to handle email
Print this article out and give it to someone tech-y if you get stuck
Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all
Sneak peek at security features Redmond's baking into new OS
FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on
Next driver to battle fake chips with 'non-invasive' methods
UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan
'Veteran Unix Admins' fear desktop emphasis is betraying open source
Entity Framework goes 'code first' as Microsoft pulls visual design tool
Visual Studio database diagramming's out the window
Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...
Wobbly Gmail, Contacts, Calendar on the other hand ...
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.