Undoubtedly, everyone desires to get his/her hand on latest Google Nexus 7-inch Tablet or Apple’s new iPad. It’s true, a proliferation of Tablet and Smartphone has plummeted the demand of traditional PC around the world. However, an aggression of Apple and Intel (for reforming PC concept) has somewhat strengthen to PC market.
It was the first time when Microsoft’s Windows 7 surpassed 50% of global market share in the PC Operating system segment in the last month, as per StatCounter. The desktop OS had 50.2% global market share in June of this year, left 11 years old Windows XP OS behind. However, Windows XP had 29.91% market share in June 2012, down from 45.04% in the last year, whereas Windows Vista had 8.32% share in the last month, down from 12% in June a year back.
It’s almost three years of Windows 7 launch, however, the OS had initially slow adoption rate, but later, it got a great recognition. On the other hand, Apple’s Mac OS X had 7.05% global market share in the last month, up from 6.27% in the same month of the last year.
In the U.S., we can easily see how users are adopting Window 7. In June 2012, Windows 7 had 47.62% market share across the country, up from 34.88% in the same month of the last year, while the market share of Windows XP in the last month of this year was 19.49%, down from 28.93% in June 2011. Similarly, the market share of Apple’s Mac OS X and Windows Vista were 14% and 12.41% in the last month, down from 14.77% and 18.03% in the same month of the prior year.
Indeed, it’s important to find out the market share of variant OS in the emerging markets like India, where it’s expected to have 17% growth in the PC shipments. In India, Windows 7 had 45.45% market share in June 2012, up from 28.01% in the same month of the last year, while market shares of Windows XP and Vista have been declined from 63.69% and 5.09% in June 2011 to 44.74% and 2.88% in June 2012 respectively. However, Mac OS X has poor penetration in India and users are still anorexigenic to own Apple’s PC devices due to higher price tags. Last month, Mac OS X had 1.09% market share in the country, up from 0.93% in the same month of the prior year.
It’s pretty clear, businesses and professionals are interested to work on Windows 7 OS. Windows Vista is considered as one of the disaster OS for Microsoft due to users’ grievances. Recently, Apple has announced specifications and features for its forthcoming PC OS. Microsoft is on the way to launch its innovative OS (combining two platforms), however, the success of the OS could only be identified when it will be launched in the market later this year. At present, Windows 7 hasn’t any potential contender, on contrary, Apple’s Mac OS is nowhere (having just 7.05% market share). However, we might expect Windows 8, but, it will depend upon the OS success because it will have to prove itself in the market, whether it’s compatible with both the platforms or not.
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