Windows XP market share goes down in February 2012

You may remember that a month ago, we reported that the worldwide market share for Windows XP-based PCs actually went up slightly in January 2012. There was no explanation as to why a 10 year old operating system would actually gain users after such a long time.

Now things seem to be getting back to normal. The newest PC operating system report from Net Applications claims that while Windows XP is still the worldwide leader, its percentage has gone back down to 45.39 percent, compared to January's 47.19 percent.

Microsoft's latest OS, Windows 7, gained some market share in January. The report claims that Windows 7 is now used by 38.12 percent of PCs worldwide, up compared to 36.40 percent in January. Windows Vista had 8.10 percent of the PC OS market share in February, followed by Mac OS X 10.6 at 3 percent, Mac OS X 10.7 at 2.69 and "other" operating systems at 2.70 percent.

Of course, Microsoft has just released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview which means it will be installed on a large number of PCs in the next month. On April 1, we should see how much of the operating system market share will be taken up by Windows 8.

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Other than 1 newer game I have requiring dx11, xp still meets every need on my machine as efficiently as anything else out there. Not as bad as people say.

For those still using it, it's a very good OS and still supported until 2014, so what the heck?!

Otherwise,
It was inevetable in started falling behind some day!

cork1958 said,
For those still using it, it's a very good OS and still supported until 2014, so what the heck?!

Otherwise,
It was inevitable in started falling behind some day!


Support by MS, yes, however, the equipment manufactures are not. Thus you end up with a dead OS. You can use a VM, however, how many of the four billion Window's user know what or how to use a VM.

Edited by Pam14160, Mar 1 2012, 5:22pm :

Chipset vendors like Intel are helping to kill it as well by not releasing drivers for newer chipsets and disk controllers. Can't even dual boot XP with Windows 8 to play older 3D games.

xpclient said,
Chipset vendors like Intel are helping to kill it as well by not releasing drivers for newer chipsets and disk controllers. Can't even dual boot XP with Windows 8 to play older 3D games.

Well actually, it costs money to support dead products.. and last I checked hardware vendors aren't in the business of working for free.

So you can't expect vendors to support EOL products so less then 1% of the people can dual boot...

Horrible business sense if they did that.

xpclient said,
Chipset vendors like Intel are helping to kill it as well by not releasing drivers for newer chipsets and disk controllers. Can't even dual boot XP with Windows 8 to play older 3D games.

it is 3 version older

U are SOL

xpclient said,
Can't even dual boot XP with Windows 8 to play older 3D games.
I've not tried it myself yet, but I thought that Windows 8 had decent backwards compatibility allowing you to play the older games?

eoes5991 said,
vista's market share is a little shocking to me. 1 year as low as 10%? really, nobody wanted it.

U MAD?
Vista was released 6 years ago.

Yeap, I predict that Windows 7 will last just as long as Windows XP.... Win8 in enterprise will be a no-go, Win8 ARM tablet will be a no-go in enterprise.

Keyboard and mouse gesture to navigate in Win8? Nope, touch screen will be the new thing.... Be prepared to have your arms extended to your screen lots of times....

Obviously... it would have to, when you totally stop the sale of a product (XP) and then continue selling another (7), simple common sense and math will tell you that Windows 7 will increase...

Windows 8 will BOOOOOOST Windows 7 market share cause Windows 8 just destroys PC and Desktop experience with Metro interface...
Windows 8 is dead on arrival; it's my opinion, don't bother!!

veternan said,
Windows 8 will BOOOOOOST Windows 7 market share cause Windows 8 just destroys PC and Desktop experience with Metro interface...
Windows 8 is dead on arrival; it's my opinion, don't bother!!

Agreed.

veternan said,
Windows 8 will BOOOOOOST Windows 7 market share cause Windows 8 just destroys PC and Desktop experience with Metro interface...
Windows 8 is dead on arrival; it's my opinion, don't bother!!

http://www.geek.com/articles/c...sktop-sales-in-may-2003073/

desktop sales are shrinking while tablet and laptop sales are increasing.. Laptop sales overtook desktops sales in 2003!!!.. 8 years ago.. The dumbest thing a company could do these days is to support a shrinking market.

http://www.inquisitr.com/76157...5-laptops-will-still-reign/

Desktops are only 25% of the market now.. it is silly to base the entire operating system around such a small sector of the market. Laptops are 60% of the market and tablets are 18% of the market.. The tablet market will overtake the desktop market in 2013..

Use your brain .. why would a company ever support a sector of the market that will shrink to 18% in the next 3 years .. Also Desktops are only replaced every 3-5 years where as cellphones/tablets are replaced every 2-3 years.. that means selling 1 desktop is the same as selling 2 tablets...

Enron said,
So by the time Windows 8 is out, Windows 7 will be above Windows XP.

& OSX will have a better market share than Windows 8.
Posted by a Windows 7 user & not a OSX fan.

Midnight Mick said,

& OSX will have a better market share than Windows 8.
Posted by a Windows 7 user & not a OSX fan.

and after a month of it release it would have more share then OSX and linux combined

Midnight Mick said,

& OSX will have a better market share than Windows 8.
Posted by a Windows 7 user & not a OSX fan.

So, Windows 8 will have fewer users than OS X just when it gets released? Makes sense, thank you.