Consumers Finally Dropping XP In Favour Of Windows 7

4/6/2012 11:22:24 AM

Consumers Finally Dropping XP In Favour Of Windows 7


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10 year old OS hits all time low with just 46.5 percent of the Windows PC market

PC users are at last ditching XP in favour of Windows 7. According to data collected by web metrics firm Net Applications, just 46.5 percent of all the world’s Windows PCs were running the 10 years old XP operating system in December. This is 2.4 percent less than the previous month, and a new all-time low. Furthermore, between September and December last year, the number of Windows XP users fell by nearly 6 percent from 50.5 percent. And in the past 12 months, the operating system has lost 12.4 percent of all its users.

Windows 7 has been the beneficiary of XP’s decline, gaining the same percentage of users as XP lost in December. Microsoft’s most recent OS now accounts for 37 percent of the world’s Windows PCs.

In both 2009 and 2010, XP’s share fell 40 to 48 percent more in January than it did in the previous month most likely due to purchases of new PCs running Windows 7 in the post Christmas sales. With that in mind, XP’s share could have plummeted by as much as 3.5 percent in January this year; it will be a while before these figures are released.

The acceleration of XP’s decline suggests that users have heard Microsoft’s message that the OS should be retired. In July last year, Microsoft told customers it was “time to move on” from XP, reminding everyone that support would end in April 2014. Before that, the internet Explorer team had dismissed XP as the “lowest common denominator” when they explained why it wouldn’t run version 9.0 of the browser.

Projections based on Net Applications’ data indicate that Windows 7 will become the most widely used Windows OS in April this year, which is several months earlier than previous estimates. By the time Windows 8 debuts, with October seeming the most likely on sale date, Windows 7 will have captured between 50 and 52 percent of the OS market.

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