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Numbers Show Windows XP Still Rules The World

The February numbers are in for the desktop operating system market share fight, and they show that Windows 7 still rules the desktop world with a meaty 44.55-percent. While that should seemingly be good news, what trails behind the popular OS is not: Windows XP. This decrepit, ancient platform is still loved by many, as it still claims 38.99-percent of the market.

As shown here, Microsoft is warning users that support for both Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will end on April 8, 2014. If you thought the current malware situation was bad, wait until businesses and consumers begin to ignore this warning so that hackers can initiate their full-scale assault on Windows XP-based systems. If you think Microsoft will make an exception for your business and keep the support flowing (and I hear this a lot), think again.

"After April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates," the company points out. "Running Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in your environment after their end of support date may expose your company to potential risks."

The good news about the current numbers is that Windows XP usage looks to be on a downfall. In April 2012, usage was at 46.08-percent, and then by October, the platform only controlled 40.66-percent of the market. Market share has been somewhat steady since December with 39.08-percent during Christmas, 39.51-percent in January, and 38.99-percent in February.

On the Windows 8 front, market share is slowly rising. In November, the Modern UI OS controlled a whopping 1.09-percent, not a pretty number for a company placing all bets on the biggest OS overhaul since Windows 95. In December, Windows 8 climbed up to 1.72-percent, 2.26-percent in January, and finally 2.67-percent in February. Sales isn't exactly exploding, but there's speculation that the slow growth is due to the enormous backlog of Windows 7 stock that needed to be weeded out before Windows 8 could fully bloom

On a humorous note, Windows 8 is slowly gearing up to surpass Windows Vista's current market share of 5.17-percent. Mac OS X v10.8 is currently claiming 2.61-percent, v10.6 at 1.97-percent, and v10.7 at 1.93-percent. Microsoft's current zombie OS Windows 98 still isn't going down without a fight, eating a highly impressive 0.01-percent chunk out of the desktop OS carcass… talk about the living dead!

See, numbers can be fun.

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  • bit_user
    It's certainly true for me. I run XP + Linux on my boxes. I have Win7 Pro for my new build.
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  • wannabepro
    Die XP.

    I know I'll be downvoted for this, but sticking with an ancient operating system isn't good for business or the home. The only people it helps are hackers.
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  • rohitbaran
    XP has become like Microsoft's unwanted child
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  • Robert Pankiw
    I know that XP has millions of lines of code, by it seems unnerving that they haven't found / fixed all of the bugs yet. It's been what, more than 10 years? I'm just amazed.
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  • elcentral
    Robert PankiwI know that XP has millions of lines of code, by it seems unnerving that they haven't found / fixed all of the bugs yet. It's been what, more than 10 years? I'm just amazed.well they officially ended the support for xp a long time ago so 10 more years and you will not get them fixed from ms.
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  • Devoteicon
    ...but there's speculation that the slow growth is due to the enormous backlog of Windows 7 stock that needed to be weeded out before Windows 8 could fully bloom
    Yeah, I'm sure that was the reason. lol
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  • twelve25
    The only problem with this is that the UI of Windows 8 is not really a business-friendly. I guess maybe they could get everyone to upgrade to Windows 7.

    Our company is still primarily on Windows XP. Vista had problems with UAC hosing up software, We have maybe 1/4 on windows 7, but now we can't get our users to use Windows 8 because they have work to do and don't want to memorize hotkeys and find hidden secret pop out menus.

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  • After April 8, 2014, I will likely go to Kubuntu as my main OS and WINE to run Windows applications in Linux.
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  • NiPPonD3nZ0
    Windows 98 SE FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • Could have posted some numbers for linux there, I can see linux getting much bigger in the coming years, especially with steam on their side, now it has 99% of the programs anyone would ever need and WINE just incase, if the game support is high enough, then I will use Ubuntu on my next gaming build, will probably use it for my small machine very soon!
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