The latest operating system data from NetMarketShare reveals Windows 7 has now surpassed Windows Vista in usage. The new operating system hit a marketshare of 14.46 percent in July 2010, while Windows Vista's share further dropped to 14.34 percent. The most popular operating system is Windows XP, the aging OS still has 61.87 percent, while Mac has 5.19 percent and Linux only a mere 1.03 percent.
For July, Windows 7 was used on 14.46 percent of devices accessing the Internet, compared with Windows Vista's 14.34 percent, marking the first time the newer version surpassed its predecessor. Microsoft has said that 175 million copies of Windows 7 have been purchased since the product was released last fall.
Usage of Windows 7 has been growing quickly since its release. Within a month on the market, Windows 7 was being used by 4 percent of Net-accessing devices, a level it took Vista seven months to reach. Windows 7 topped 10 percent usage by March.