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Windows XP’s long, drawn-out death is finally giving Microsoft what it wants

Zach Epstein
May 2nd, 2014 at 1:05 PM
Windows 8 Market Share

Like it or not, Windows XP is no longer a smart option for personal computing. Microsoft went against its word and issued one last security update for the aging platform on Thursday, but new security holes that pop up will go unfixed and your personal data is at risk as a result. It’s time to move on.

According to Net Applications, which measures market share by monitoring traffic across its networks, Windows XP’s global market share dropped by more than a point to 26.29% in April as users continued to begrudgingly migrate off of the 12-year-old desktop operating system.

Some of those users apparently moved to another old OS, Windows 7, which saw its market share inch to 49.27% in April from 48.77% in March. The biggest gains were seen by Windows 8.1, however, which saw it’s share hop to 5.88% from 4.89% in the prior month.

A certain amount of those gains undoubtedly came from people upgrading newer machines from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. Windows 8’s global share dipped slightly from 6.41% in March to 6.36% last month. Of course, that certainly wouldn’t account for all of Windows 8.1’s market share gains.

In the end, it looks like Microsoft is finally getting what it wants — and needs — as people migrate away from XP and onto its newest desktop operating system.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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