Even Without Official Support, Windows XP Just Refuses to Die

It’s quite interesting that despite Microsoft having pulled the curtains on Windows XP, the seemingly age-old operating system is still alive and kicking.

An image released by Statcounter clearly demonstrates an uphill task that Microsoft needs to contend with – somehow get users to accept the newer Windows operating systems. The figures are a result of an analysis of 15 billion page views each month.

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Ever since Microsoft ended official support for Windows XP last April, it has maintained its position as the world’s second favorite operating system. Windows 7 continues to be the only operating system that takes the lead over the rest with a whopping 58% market share. The parity between the figures of Windows XP and Windows 8/8.1 combined is alarming given the release of Windows 10 drawing nearer by the day.

It’s important to bear in mind that these figures exhibit global trends; a country-by-country analysis could result in varying outcomes. For instance, results exclusive to the U.S would most probably show Mac OS overtaking Windows XP for the number 2 spot. Some might even argue that it’s unfair to compare desktop OS usage in an age where more people are migrating to smartphones and tablets.

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Truth be told, Microsoft isn’t doing too well in that regard either. Windows lags far behind with a negligible 0.26% share in tablets market compared to iOS’s 78%. When it comes to smartphones, Windows Phone also falls flat against Android with its meager share of 2.22%. No matter how bad this seems, Microsoft would hope that a lot more people make the leap of faith once Windows 10 is out this year.