From NetMarketShare comes the important statistic that for the first time ever – in October 2012 – Windows 7 passes XP in market share (see below).

This cements Vista as the overlooked operating system that never lived up to Microsoft’s expectations.

Some believe that every other Microsoft OS is a success, meaning that Windows 8 will automatically be a bust.

Even if that is true (which is very arguable), it ignores the paradigm change that Windows 8 represents. It is not just an updated OS, but a paradigm shifting one where the new platforms include tablets and smartphones.

XP perhaps has finally begun that long walk into the night. Or has it?

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