Windows XP finally used by less than half of Internet users

In 2001, Microsoft launched Windows XP, the latest version of its Windows operating system. The OS launched at a time when the PC was at its peak in terms of sales for both consumers and businesses and it didn't take long for the majority of PCs to have Windows XP running things inside. Microsoft took six years before it released its successor, Windows Vista. However Vista had lots of launch bugs and driver issues and as a result not as many people decided to take the plunge to upgrade. It took the release of Windows 7 to finally eat into Windows XP's market share.

Now a new report claims that in July Windows XP hit a kind of milestone. According to a story at Techspot, the operating system's PC market share fell down to 49.94 percent. Yep, that means that Windows XP is no longer in the majority of all PCs that connect to the Internet ... barely. Recently Microsoft urged Windows XP owners to start thinking about upgrading to Windows 7 as official support for Windows XP will end in April 2014.

The same story says that Windows 7 has 27.87 percent of the OS market and poor Windows Vista now has just 9.24 percent of the market. However even Windows Vista has more Internet users than Mac owners. The study put the Mac OS at 5.59 percent of Internet users. The ultra-techie Linux operating system now has .98 percent of the market while the "Other" category holds onto 5.77 percent.

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coth said,
49,91% of gamers are on windows 7 according to steam hw survey.
windows xp accounts just 19.97%

That make sense. Gamers tend to change their PCs every 2 year or so. I love them. Those 2 year old gaming rig sell so well on the used market.

wahoospa said,
Just curious, what would those numbers be if manufacturers still offer both XP and Windows 7.

Good question. There is a good amount of people who fear having to relearn using their PC. That's why I still sell many new PC with XP. I can build real cheap PC with a single core Sempron, with 2 G. of DDR3. Somebody who just want to do e-mail, surf once in a while and pay their bills over the net. That's all they need.

Captain555 said,

Good question. There is a good amount of people who fear having to relearn using their PC. That's why I still sell many new PC with XP. I can build real cheap PC with a single core Sempron, with 2 G. of DDR3. Somebody who just want to do e-mail, surf once in a while and pay their bills over the net. That's all they need.

Why not sell Win7 Home Basic? The security benefits alone would be more beneficial to those folks.

Kevin Flynn said,

Why not sell Win7 Home Basic? The security benefits alone would be more beneficial to those folks.

Basic require as much power as Premium. The only thing missing is the Media Center. You probably think of the Starter version they sell on Netbook. As far as I know that version is reversed only for Netbook.

XP with Microsoft Security Essentials is pretty secure. I'm very impressed with MSSE, it does a very good job.

Captain555 said,

Basic require as much power as Premium. The only thing missing is the Media Center. You probably think of the Starter version they sell on Netbook. As far as I know that version is reversed only for Netbook.

XP with Microsoft Security Essentials is pretty secure. I'm very impressed with MSSE, it does a very good job.

Yeah, I was thinking Starter. Doh!

smooth3006 said,
microsoft needs to kill support for this right now. there is no reason to not upgrade to windows 7 at this point.

Valid Reasons. At least in my book.

1. XP (computer) still works.
2. Not in my current budget.

smooth3006 said,
microsoft needs to kill support for this right now. there is no reason to not upgrade to windows 7 at this point.
Unless you're a business.

Seriously, why do we continue with this useless argument? There are plenty of reasons why people haven't upgraded, whether they be home users or business users.

It will die eventually, no one is denying that. I just can't understand why some people are so adamant that it should die right this instant? If you are that concerned about it, start offering Windows 7 licences to people you still see on XP.

Intrinsica said,
If you are that concerned about it, start offering Windows 7 licences to people you still see on XP.

I'll second that. If it is not broken don't fix. Not everybody has money to throw out the windows (pun intended). You can't just go buy a new OS just because it is available. Most PCs out there are not powerful enough to support Win 7. I see it in my shop, there are still tons of P4 (between 2.0 to 3.2 Ghz - single core), with 512 M or 1 G of RAM. In fact, I sell 4 or 5 used PCs like that every week. Why would I go thru the extra expense of putting Win 7 in these machines.

Captain555 said,

I'll second that. If it is not broken don't fix. Not everybody has money to throw out the windows (pun intended). You can't just go buy a new OS just because it is available. Most PCs out there are not powerful enough to support Win 7. I see it in my shop, there are still tons of P4 (between 2.0 to 3.2 Ghz - single core), with 512 M or 1 G of RAM. In fact, I sell 4 or 5 used PCs like that every week. Why would I go thru the extra expense of putting Win 7 in these machines.

exactly, the charity i work for has 3 computers.

2 XP with 1GB ram, 20 GB HDD, 1GHZ
1 Vista.. better than above specs

they want to upgrade but cant afford it, and i think alot of people are on about this, not only that they would need to learn the basics as there not computer literate, so while they need it, it would be costly both ways !

They should stop supporting XP and below when the next version of Windows comes out.
Maybe that IS 2014, but still seems a long way off and businesses aren't going to bother with Windows 7 because if their OS is still supported, then why bother?

Mr Spoon said,
They should stop supporting XP and below when the next version of Windows comes out.
Maybe that IS 2014, but still seems a long way off and businesses aren't going to bother with Windows 7 because if their OS is still supported, then why bother?

Yeah,
2014 is still a long time to support the OS, which is still a very good OS, if properly maintained.

As far as what Yorak says above, what, do you set there and look at the desktop and wall paper when working on machines? Not getting much done that way.

People who complain about what a particular thing looks like really irritate me! Don't you people have anything better to do? Why do you set and stare at a desktop or wall paper or the edge of the window, to begin with? I pay so little attention to that stuff, I've almost never changed my themes or colors in anything.

I'm curious as to what that 5.77% "other" category entails. I presume this is just desktop PC's, so it can't be Android, iOS, etc. but what does that leave? Windows 95/98/2000 or the server variants? I find it hard to imagine that it's something like BeOS, Linux should far eclipse that.

Kushan said,
I'm curious as to what that 5.77% "other" category entails. I presume this is just desktop PC's, so it can't be Android, iOS, etc. but what does that leave? Windows 95/98/2000 or the server variants? I find it hard to imagine that it's something like BeOS, Linux should far eclipse that.

FreeBSD and the likes... Well that's my guess at least.

At least get the year right before releasing sloppy news articles. On the planet where I live, 49% > 27% so it's still a majority.

xpclient said,
At least get the year right before releasing sloppy news articles. On the planet where I live, 49% > 27% so it's still a majority.

people who use XP = 49.94
people who don't use XP = 50.06
people who don't use XP are the majority......... 8-)

Neobond said,
What are you on about? Do you live in a world where only Windows XP and Windows 7 connect to the Internet then?

I am so confused,
xpclient: What year are you refering to? Also 49% is not a majority, 51% is.
Neobond: I don't understand what your second question.

deuz said,

Neobond: I don't understand what your second question.

He referenced the 27% (Windows 7) still being a minority (which it is), but the article states that XP is now the minority of Internet users at 49%.

Windows 7 was never claimed to be a majority over XP, a combination of all other platforms are.

xpclient said,
I guess the confusion is depending on whether you are North American or British: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Majority vs what some call as plurality.

Plurality refers to voting(As your wiki article stats). Last I checked this was a survey and not an election. Though please share your wisdom, because my simple mind can't comprehend the invisible link you see.
You could also read the first line of that wiki link you posted

xpclient said,
At least get the year right before releasing sloppy news articles. On the planet where I live, 49% > 27% so it's still a majority.

Windows XP = 49.94%

Windows Vista = 20%
Windows 7 = 35%

35+20 = 55%

55 > 49.94

Windows XP is now the minority.

Kevin Flynn said,

Windows XP = 49.94%

Windows Vista = 20%
Windows 7 = 35%

35+20 = 55%

55 > 49.94

Windows XP is now the minority.


55+49,94 = 104,94%, maybe bit too much

Zkal said,

55+49,94 = 104,94%, maybe bit too much

Was guesstimating, I actually think XP's and Vista's share to be a little lower than what is currently being reported.

deuz said,

Plurality refers to voting(As your wiki article stats). Last I checked this was a survey and not an election. Though please share your wisdom, because my simple mind can't comprehend the invisible link you see.
You could also read the first line of that wiki link you posted

Maybe you conveniently omitted reading the lines that says "This article is about the mathematical concept of majority" it's uses voting as an example. "In British English, majority and plurality are often used as synonyms". Hence my objection to the use of "majority". I wasn't aware usage of the word "majority" is made this way in the US.

Thank God. I am sooo tired of working on machines and seeing that standard Luna desktop and standard wallpaper. I want to light that **** on fire.

Coolaaron88 said,
Yay!
On another note, why is Windows 9 one of the tags?

Maybe that's the version that'll finally get all the XP dinosau-sorry, users to finally ditch XP?

Soulsiphon said,
Yet responsible for serving up what was it? 74% of all rootkits? ROFL

That's what Avast says, but it doesn't make it true.

Soulsiphon said,
Yet responsible for serving up what was it? 74% of all rootkits? ROFL

That make Win 7 more secure, which is logical since it is newer technology. I don't see what's so funny.