Windows XP Gains Market Share as Support Deadline Looms

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A person could make a strong argument that Windows XP is the most loved version of Windows ever, lest there's another reason so many users are clinging to the legacy operating system until it's pried from their cold, dead hands. Even as Microsoft gets ready to stop supporting the OS in another two months, Windows XP not only commands a significant share of the market, but it's actually gaining users, according to tracking data provided by Net Applications.

We don't want to overstate the point because for one, the increase in share is pretty small. According to Net Applications, Windows XP ended January with a 29.23 percent share of the desktop market, up from 28.98 percent in December. That's not much of a jump, though it's certainly interesting that so many users are clinging to a dead OS walking.

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The other reason we don't want to make too much of these numbers is because they're not universally accepted and/or agreed with. Net Applications collects its data through its on-demand network of HitsLink Analystics and SharePost clients, which includes over 40,000 websites around the globe. If we look at StatCounter's data, the story is a bit different. According to StatCounter, Windows XP's share of the desktop OS market is 17.78 percent, down from 18.42 percent a month prior.

Our disclaimer aside, the exact figures don't really matter. If either tracking firm is even in the ballpark, then it says a lot about Windows XP, its users, and their reluctance to embrace a more current version of Windows. Even according to StatCounter's data, Windows XP is the second most prominent version of Windows behind Windows 7. While it's unlikely to happen, we wouldn't be totally shocked if Microsoft extended support for the 12-year-old OS.
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rapid1 replied on Tue, Feb 4 2014 12:20 AM

LOL no the reason it is still has these numbers is simple really. Windows XP is still used by many a small business and also exists on a very large amount of old desktops. Desktops last a lot longer in general and usually need much less to repair such as a new power supply or even a new motherboard bios battery and maybe a couple of fans. On top of that it generally costs more to get a new OS than it does either of those parts plus a lot of them in homes are on machines used by someone who can upgrade them or even in a lot of cases built them.

Even more of them are on peoples machines who use them for nothing more than browsing the web anyway which is generally a relatively low operating stress operation as well with broadband as proliferate generally as it has become plus you don't have to learn a new OS and VISTA sucked for quite a bit as well which scared people who are scared of new technology already as well. I use 7 ultimate (which I won) and Professional (which I got for 35 bucks through a student channel when it was brand new) still on my computers at home and an Android phone as well. I do not really like 8+ either at all!!!

OS:Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
CPU:Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 4770 ***
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