As Microsoft Tries To Kill Windows XP, Diehard Users Shrug

Microsoft has been trying to get users to move on from its iconic and hugely popular Windows XP operating system for a long time, and after years--years!--of warnings, the company finally ceased official support for the OS last month.

That means, as we’ve said before, that Windows XP gets no tech support and no security patches, which leaves those systems woefully unprotected. So everyone took the hint and finally upgraded to one of the three major operating system generations Microsoft has rolled out since XP was born, right?


Windows XP netmarketshare
Source: NetMarketShare

If you look at NetMarketShare’s numbers from the month of April, you can see that Windows XP is still being used by 26.29% of Internet-connected users. That’s a terrifying number of unprotected systems on its face, but it’s even worse when you realize that in March, Windows XP accounted for 27.69% of those systems.

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Essentially, almost nobody budged. It is true that the number of Windows XP users is dropping, but it’s not a dramatic plunge by any means. For example, in April of last year, a whopping 38.31% of connected systems were running Windows XP. In a year’s time XP ceded just over 12% of that ground (mostly to Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1) despite the fact that this was a year in which the company that made the product was trying to kill it.