If you woke up today and saw a headline that said “Microsoft Market Share Rising”, you would naturally assume that this was due to Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 8.

But you would totally be wrong, because a new report suggests that yes – Microsoft’s market share is rising – but it has more to do with Windows 7 than Windows 8. This is significant because it’s the first time in a while (June 2012, specifically) where Microsoft has been able to increase its market share as opposed to watch it shrink.

Why?

How does that work? Well, Windows 8 is currently running on 1.7% of all computers in the world. That number was current as of December 2012 (before Christmas). But Windows 7’s market share grew to 45% of the world’s computers – a record high – while Windows XP’s share fell to 39%.

Meanwhile, Macs made up 7% of the world’s computer operating systems.

Why the rise in Windows 7 and fall in Windows 8? Well, Windows 7 laptops can still be found at most major retailers. Tech retailers are still looking to clear out inventory, and although the number of Windows 7 laptops being produced is shrinking relative to Windows 8 laptops, there are large numbers of people interested in downgrading to Windows 7.

The end result? Windows 8 is selling at a slower pace than Windows Vista and Windows 7 is solidifying its position as the world’s most popular operating system.

I don’t know about you, but I’m sticking with Windows 7 on my desktop PC for now. And I just bought a new laptop that has Windows 7 on it as well. Unless I get a touchscreen monitor in the near future, I can’t see myself wanting to upgrade to Windows 8 any time soon. What do you think? Drop us a line in the comments below!

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