Windows XP still running on over 25% of PCs

Windows XP logoWindows users are a good example of "newer isn't necessarily better," as many continue using Windows XP despite the upcoming end of support.

The folks over at Neowin noticed that the latest Net Applications figures show that 27.69 percent of PC users still run Windows XP. In fact, it's the second most-used operating system in the world.

This may seem a bit surprising, considering Microsoft will stop delivering patches for the OS starting April 8, 2014. The number of XP users only fell slightly from February's 29.53 percent.

The stats show that Windows 7 tops the list with 48.77 percent of PC users. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 -- Microsoft's latest versions of Windows -- fall far behind both Windows 7 and Windows XP. Windows 8 grabbed 6.41 percent of the OS market while Windows 8.1 had only 4.89 percent, for an 11.3 percent combined share. This was a slight increase from February's 10.68 percent.

It's a bit surprising that Windows 8 has more users than Windows 8.1, considering it was a free upgrade that featured many improvements over 8.

Windows XP, which was released in 2001, has proved to be a popular OS that Windows users want to hold onto (especially since the next available version was Vista in 2007, and many opted to stick with XP). Windows 7 sold better than Vista, but now, with Windows 8, many are upset again with the complete user interface redesign -- mainly the addition of live tiles and the loss of the Start button.

Last month, Microsoft said it would give customers $100 to get rid of their Windows XP PC and upgrade. It's likely hoping to boost Windows 8/Windows 8.1 software sales and PCs -- and maybe even some homegrown Surface sales.

Source: DailyTech

Tags: Microsoft, OSes, Windows 8, Windows XP

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