Microsoft’s Windows 7 and Windows XP are practically tied in their battle to be the top operating systems, new data from Net Applications reveal.
According to the July data of the research firm, Windows XP tallied a 42.86 percent market share based on all traffic the firm has monitored while Windows 7 accounted for 42.21 percent.
In line with this statistic, Net Applications projects that Windows 7 will supplant Windows Xp as the most popular OS in the coming month.
Windows 7 has seen a sharp rise in popularity over the last months.
Data from Net Applications indicate that Windows XP had 50.50 percent market share in September of last year with Windows 7 had a mere 32.42 percent market share.
Windows Vista, which has long been criticized as a hasty product from the Redmond-based giant, had only 9.09 percent market share then.
Five months after September, Windows 7 had a 38.12 percent market share while Windows XP declined to 45.39 percent in February.
Last month, Windows XP, which is more than a decade old, had a market share of 43.61 percent while Windows 7 tallied 41.59 percent.
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