Windows 8 is almost here but Windows 7 is nevertheless just starting to hits its stride, nearly three years after its launch. According to StatCounter, Microsoft's flagship operating system snatched the "Most Used O.S" crown from Windows XP sometime in September 2011, but last month, Windows 7 cracked an even more monumental plateau: it now owns over 50 percent of the total O.S. market.
Sure, at 50.2 percent, it's not much over 50 percent, but it's over 50 percent nonetheless. Windows XP's runner-up status is holding steady, with the soon-to-be-obsolete OS still powering nearly 30 percent of the browsers that visit StatCounter's family of websites. Vista, by comparison, nabs around 8 percent of the market, just ahead of Mac OS X's 7 percent.
CNET notes that the numbers from NetApplications, a StatCounter rival, show Windows XP with a very slight lead over Windows 7, with neither OS hitting 50 percent of the overall market, so as always you'll want to take these numbers as a loose indicator rather than hard-and-fast results. No matter how you count it, it's good to see Windows XP finally dying down.