Windows 7 on a Fifth of All PCs

Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system is now installed on 20 per cent of the world's personal computers, according to statistics released by Net Applications.

As of December 2010, Windows 7 had a market share of 20.9 per cent - up 1.2 per cent on the previous month.

Windows Vista, however, fell to 12.1 per cent in December from its high of 18.8 per cent in October 2009. Windows XP also fell, declining by 1.2 per cent in December 2010 to finish the year on a 56.7 per cent market share.

Overall, Windows accounted for 90.3 per cent of the OS market by the end of 2010, registering a fall of two per cent over the course of the year.

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