Windows 7 surges

Vista declines as new OS gains

Windows 7 has attained the 10% usage share milestone, almost a year faster than Vista did, according to web analytics company, which monitors the OS market.

March was the fifth consecutive month that Vista lost share, according to NetApplications.

Windows 7 and Vista's paths should cross in June, when the former is projected to become Microsoft's second-most-used operating system.

Windows XP still accounts for the majority of the editions in use. More than 70% of the computers running Windows in March ran XP, which has three years of life left before Microsoft pulls the support plug in mid-April 2014.

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