Microsoft: Windows XP market share at 21 percent; goal of 13 percent by April 8

During Microsoft's Worldwide Partners Conference in July, company representatives told attendees that they had the goal of cutting down the market share of Windows XP to below 10 percent. Now it looks like Microsoft has revised those goals as the April 8, 2014, support cut off date for the 12-year-old operating system gets closer.

During Microsoft's financial analyst day today in Bellevue, Wash., its Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner told attendees that Windows XP currently has a market share of about 21 percent worldwide. That's about what StatCounter indicates in its latest numbers, which show that Windows XP's share is at 20.58 percent.

Turner then said that Microsoft's goal is to get that Windows XP OS share down to below 13 percent worldwide. This represents a change compared to just a couple of months ago, and it may show that Microsoft is getting more realistic in terms of getting that number down before the support cutoff date.

Regardless, Windows XP will still be installed on a lot of PCs when April 8 comes around, especially in China, where the OS remains the top operating system in part because of high piracy rates.

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To all of those who say there's nothing wrong with the idea to keep using what works now...I agree with the sentiment as a general rule, but really, you'd better hope those XP systems are well isolated from the internet come next April.

Hackers right now are just quietly sitting on a bunch of unpublished exploits. Once there's no more update to XP, those systems are prime targets. Even within the confines of an intranet, I suspect things are gonna get messy.

I can't see how MS can stop supporting this product as a responsible customer focused company even with a 10% market share.
I also can't see how they can afford to keep on maintaining the OS indefinitely.

I wouldn't be surprised if they kept releasing critical patches for another year after this. The negative effect on customers could be too great not too.

londan said,
I can't see how MS can stop supporting this product as a responsible customer focused company even with a 10% market share.
I also can't see how they can afford to keep on maintaining the OS indefinitely.

I wouldn't be surprised if they kept releasing critical patches for another year after this. The negative effect on customers could be too great not too.

I can. they've had years of warnings.

if they haven't upgraded by now.. then negative effects on the customers will be the only catalyst that will get them to upgrade.

They've had years of warning if they've been on this site, or some other tech site before, maybe.

Otherwise,
I know tons of people who do nothing but live on Facebook and don't have a clue support is about to expire for XP.

Absolutely NOTHING wrong with XP either. Vista is the OS they need to totally kill and swear to never mention again!

cork1958 said,
They've had years of warning if they've been on this site, or some other tech site before, maybe.

Otherwise,
I know tons of people who do nothing but live on Facebook and don't have a clue support is about to expire for XP.

Absolutely NOTHING wrong with XP either. Vista is the OS they need to totally kill and swear to never mention again!

There's plenty wrong with XP, and you do realize that without Vista, Windows 7 as we know it would not exist, right?

cork1958 said,
They've had years of warning if they've been on this site, or some other tech site before, maybe.

Otherwise,
I know tons of people who do nothing but live on Facebook and don't have a clue support is about to expire for XP.

Absolutely NOTHING wrong with XP either. Vista is the OS they need to totally kill and swear to never mention again!

Windows Vista gets less credit than it deserves.

As long as Windows XP works many people will continue using it. Microsoft would have to do something major to get people over to Windows 7. The last time I used Windows XP was in 2009, then that's when I finally got a new PC with Windows 7!

Well, they could push out a virus to all XP systems through Windows Update. That would make people upgrade to at least something other than XP.

Enron said,
Well, they could push out a virus to all XP systems through Windows Update. That would make people upgrade to at least something other than XP.

I don't think it needs the addition to be considered infected.

Enron said,
Well, they could push out a virus to all XP systems through Windows Update. That would make people upgrade to at least something other than XP.

if they did they'd get sued so bad idea.

Angel Blue01 said,
They could remotely deactivate every single copy, like they have pirated copies.

Care to share the details on how they could do it?they could issue a security update and include a hidden backdoor which would open xp up right? if they did they'd get sued still so bad idea.

Angel Blue01 said,
They could remotely deactivate every single copy, like they have pirated copies.

The very idea is absurd.

Angel Blue01 said,
They could remotely deactivate every single copy, like they have pirated copies.

oh i hope they do. bye bye microsoft.

Kaze23 said,

An even more absurd idea is still running Windows XP in 2014.

First of all, if the user paid for the operating system, then they are free to use it however long they please. Secondly, although Windows XP is not secure as subsequent versions, there are many ways to mitigate attacks. Connecting to the Internet with Windows XP is not obligatory. And third, I can think of a few reasons why one would want to run Windows XP in 2014; application compatibility is one of the main.

The very idea of remotely deactivating a legitimate copy is repugnant.

Ian William said,

First of all, if the user paid for the operating system, then they are free to use it however long they please. Secondly, although Windows XP is not secure as subsequent versions, there are many ways to mitigate attacks. Connecting to the Internet with Windows XP is not obligatory. And third, I can think of a few reasons why one would want to run Windows XP in 2014; application compatibility is one of the main.

The very idea of remotely deactivating a legitimate copy is repugnant.

1. They're free to use XP for as long as they wish, but say hello to "zero day forever" vulnerabilities past the EOL date.

2. I don't know about you, but the main reason I use a computer is to go on the internet.

3. Newer operating systems have as much application compatibility (if not more with more recent applications) as Windows XP. If you're referring to apps that were developed at the turn of the century, I couldn't care less about them. There are newer, better options these days.

Kaze23 said,

1. They're free to use XP for as long as they wish, but say hello to "zero day forever" vulnerabilities past the EOL date.

2. I don't know about you, but the main reason I use a computer is to go on the internet.

3. Newer operating systems have as much application compatibility (if not more with more recent applications) as Windows XP. If you're referring to apps that were developed at the turn of the century, I couldn't care less about them. There are newer, better options these days.

1. I'm sure a good portion of users won't be affected "zero day forever" vulnerabilities.

2. I merely mentioned that connecting to the Internet is not obligatory; a fact often forgotten by those who repeat how dangerous Windows XP is.

3. "If you're referring to apps that were developed at the turn of the century, I couldn't care less about them." There are other people who do.

Offer Windows 7 at a discount or free and I bet many more would switch over (baring any equipment deficiencies). Of course besides China, many businesses are slow to switch over. Where I work has done a pretty good job of switching, but still things stuck in XP.
I cringe whenever I see XP, I just wish the changeover had happened sooner, but glad its here. We even have Office2013 now, which is amazing, not long ago was still on Office 2003 on some machines lol.

Sekyal said,
Offer Windows 7 at a discount or free and I bet many more would switch over (baring any equipment deficiencies). Of course besides China, many businesses are slow to switch over. Where I work has done a pretty good job of switching, but still things stuck in XP.
I cringe whenever I see XP, I just wish the changeover had happened sooner, but glad its here. We even have Office2013 now, which is amazing, not long ago was still on Office 2003 on some machines lol.

I cringe whenever i see vista.

20k machines still to be converted I don't think we're going to make it. Wonder what they'll bang us for extended support this time.

Didn't we used to go by the statistics from Net Applications? The previous article regarding Windows 8 usage, http://www.neowin.net/news/win...in-august-windows-8-gains-2 used Net Applications' data.

Diabolically genius move by Microsoft. If they're able to convince the general population that Windows XP usage is declining, users may feel inclined to make it a reality.

Edited by Ian W, Sep 19 2013, 10:59pm :

My company is finally moving away from XP thanks God! I got a totally new system installed today in the office with Windows 7 on it, they even replaced my monitor with a shiny 24 inches Samsung!

MrWhistler said,
might as well chime in, all hail windows 8.1, a new king is born!
LOL! Mr.Whistler, stop trying to steal our thunder. "Windows 7 the Great" will lead his people to victory! We shall slay your king!

P.S. Currently watching Spartacus, so I'm in "that" mood.

I don't think Europeans are as easy to convince to keep buying the latest and greatest. what with the economy over there being what it is now. Europeans will use something until it falls apart.

Interesting, an american talking about bad European economy....

You do realize you're talking about around two countries who are critical, but now working on recovering.

There's no problem with the buying power or will in Europe general.

Tyler R. said,
XP is dead. All hail Windows 7!

Oh, and btw China, Windows 7 is a lot easier to pirate than XP. Just letting you know. /s

All hail to "Windows 7 the Great". (Bows down on hands and knees in front of 55inch television).

Alphanumeric said,
Worthy of front page news?? John this is getting out of hand.

Microsoft's biggest competitor is still its 10-year-ago self. Motion with respect to that competitor means quite a bit for the company.