Windows XP sees big drop in OS market share in May

Windows XP may finally be losing its grip when it comes to holding the market share lead for PC operating systems. According to data from Net Applications, Windows XP is still in the lead with 44.85 percent. However, that's much lower than the 46.08 percent of the market share that Windows XP had in April 2012.

Similarly, Windows 7 experienced a big jump in the OS market share charts in May. It claimed 40.51 percent last month, compared to 38.67 percent in April. Microsoft has continued to send out warnings to Windows XP users, especially businesses, to upgrade their PCs to Windows 7 as soon as possible. This is due to the company's plans to end its official support for Windows XP in less than two years.

Net Applications also says that Windows Vista was third in OS market share in May with 6.88 percent, followed by Mac OS X 10.7 at 2.82 percent and Mac OS X 10.6 coming in at 2.59 percent. Linux is well behind at 1.03 percent. Users of the pre-release version of Windows 8 accounted for .13 percent of the PC OS market share in May 2012, a slight rise from its .12 percent market share in April 2012.

Source: Net Applications

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There's still plenty of time for people to upgrade. I still expect XP to have a massive market share for quite a few months.

People still use XP because MS has been trying to make Windows easy for grandma but in the process ended up making it difficult to use it for geeks, power users and customization lovers.

xpclient said,
People still use XP because MS has been trying to make Windows easy for grandma but in the process ended up making it difficult to use it for geeks, power users and customization lovers.

Ironic claim given it's likely that the grandmas of the world are the ones still on XP, given all they do is look at pictures, Facebook, or email.

I can't wait for Windows XP to stop receiving support from Microsoft. That week, I want a dangerous virus to hit XP users that forces them to upgrade. Why? Because I hate IE6 and the corporations who've now had YEARS to come up with a solution but haven't bothered.

ScottDaMan said,
I can't wait for Windows XP to stop receiving support from Microsoft. That week, I want a dangerous virus to hit XP users that forces them to upgrade. Why? Because I hate IE6 and the corporations who've now had YEARS to come up with a solution but haven't bothered.

I lose sleep every night because I know someone out there is still using redhat 5.

I've a friend with win7 x86 running on an old socket A athlonXP 3200+ with 2GB of ram so using the compatibility with old hardware as an argument to upgrade is just ********

yes OK its not a speed machine but it does what he wants so he's cool with that

Athlonite said,
I've a friend with win7 x86 running on an old socket A athlonXP 3200+ with 2GB of ram so using the compatibility with old hardware as an argument to upgrade is just ********

You forgot about the GPU. I know a lot of machines incapable of running Windows 7 because of that reason alone.

Nguyen07 said,
i guess most of the 44.85% of xp users are using pirated xp

Probably. I'd love to see the worldwide number of XP users with China taken out of the equation.

Xilo said,
DIdn't know 2% was considered a big jump.

Considering the number of PCs on the market, 2% is landslide. A group of people outnumbering all Linux users of the world just hopped off XP.

Dot Matrix said,

Considering the number of PCs on the market, 2% is landslide. A group of people outnumbering all Linux users of the world just hopped off XP.

And you think this represents all Linux users. Dream on.

Chica Ami said,
I only use Windows XP on a virtual machine because I don't want junks/crapware/mess up on the host computer and it uses lesser resources. =D

and what is the underlying os using in the way of resources to just run XP in a VM or perhaps you should be looking at your browsing habits instead if it's such a problem

Chica Ami said,
I use Windows XP but only in a virtual machine. Does that count? =D

Same here.. I have a few pieces of software that require updates to run on Seven and they are more that $3,000.... XP+VM=$$$ in my pocket

I just wonder how much MS could have saved if they didn't bother with all the stupid gimmicks in Windows and forcing people to change their tried and trusted user interface. A version of XP that was enhanced with the security and the extra explorer functions of 8 would have probably gone down amazingly.

Orange Battery said,
I just wonder how much MS could have saved if they didn't bother with all the stupid gimmicks in Windows and forcing people to change their tried and trusted user interface. A version of XP that was enhanced with the security and the extra explorer functions of 8 would have probably gone down amazingly.

Windows XP's UI is horrible. What are you talking about? Drop down menus and cluttered toolbars are relics of computing's past.

An updated XP? No thanks. Win7 improved upon XP in nearly every way and it's bizarre that people still act like XP was a great operating system. The UI was horrible, it's security record appalling and it was nowhere near as stable as Vista/7, especially when dealing with drivers.

Dot Matrix said,

Windows XP's UI is horrible. What are you talking about? Drop down menus and cluttered toolbars are relics of computing's past.

You really wanna talk about cluttered tool bars, dare I mention the Ribbon......

The Laughing Man said,
You really wanna talk about cluttered tool bars, dare I mention the Ribbon......

The one that can collapse down to something that's smaller than what you typically get with the menu and toolbar combo yet provide the same (if not more) functionality? Or are you meaning that it's complicated, where a visual cue as to what something does is supposed to be harder to figure out than drilling down through various text only submenus to find what you want?

Max Norris said,

The one that can collapse down to something that's smaller than what you typically get with the menu and toolbar combo yet provide the same (if not more) functionality? Or are you meaning that it's complicated, where a visual cue as to what something does is supposed to be harder to figure out than drilling down through various text only submenus to find what you want?


It's overly cluttered, too much going on in one area. I like that it can be minimized. it just needs work.

Let me guess... Finder fan?

The Laughing Man said,

You really wanna talk about cluttered tool bars, dare I mention the Ribbon......

Dot Matrix said,

Windows XP's UI is horrible. What are you talking about? Drop down menus and cluttered toolbars are relics of computing's past.

And don't even get me started on Luna

THolman said,
And don't even get me started on Luna

Amen to that. Worst. Theme. Ever. I've used the defaults (more or less) from multiple operating systems (shoot Windows 7's Aero is almost perfect for me, just had to desaturate the pastel blue bits).. but Luna is the one that I've never kept on longer than it takes to install a replacement.

The Laughing Man said,

You really wanna talk about cluttered tool bars, dare I mention the Ribbon......

The Ribbon on Explorer is an oddity, I'll give you that, but the Ribbon on any other app is a great improvement over what was.

THolman said,

And don't even get me started on Luna

Luna was awful. It was dull, and didn't match with anything. And who's idea was it to include that damn dog?

Dot Matrix said,

The Ribbon on Explorer is an oddity, I'll give you that, but the Ribbon on any other app is a great improvement over what was.

I dunno Office was fine without the ribbon imo.

The Laughing Man said,

I dunno Office was fine without the ribbon imo.

Yes, if you love rows and rows of toolbars and drilling down through menus!!!

One system left here, an old old Samsung Q1 tablet that barely runs XP Tablet Edition, everything else is either 7, 2008R2 or Arch, along with a Hackintosh.. just can't get into using XP anymore. Probably wait till 8 SP1 to upgrade.. prefer to wait until the service packs to iron out the wrinkles. Learned my lesson with XP and Vista.

Fortunately, that whole "wait until SP1" issue has been fixed in 7, which was solid from its initial release. Considering the similar release cycle of 8 to 7 (free public releases, taking people's bug reports into consideration before the final release), I'm expecting 8 to be just as (if not more) stable when it finally releases. Now, whether you're content with Microsoft's direction for Windows, that's a whole different issue.

Max Norris said,
One system left here, an old old Samsung Q1 tablet that barely runs XP Tablet Edition, everything else is either 7, 2008R2 or Arch, along with a Hackintosh.. just can't get into using XP anymore. Probably wait till 8 SP1 to upgrade.. prefer to wait until the service packs to iron out the wrinkles. Learned my lesson with XP and Vista.

fanel89 said,
Fortunately, that whole "wait until SP1" issue has been fixed in 7, which was solid from its initial release.

No argument there, 7 has been a fast and solid champ for me since day 1 (and I waited for a couple months all the same), just leery of the enormous amount of additions/changes going into 8, pretty significant upgrade. For me anyway, I'm in no rush, I'll play the waiting game, make sure everything's caught up with compatibility and all that. And yes, that's assuming I upgrade at all. I'm all over the tablet version.. desktop I'm on the fence yet.

neufuse said,

if you're not part of the solution, you are part of the problem

Tbh. As a hardcore Windows user XP really was a great product. Even though I am always on the most current OS, XP really set the standard and some people just wont change.

I dont think its all that bad. Hell there are still people using Windows 3.1

ShareShiz said,

Tbh. As a hardcore Windows user XP really was a great product. Even though I am always on the most current OS, XP really set the standard and some people just wont change.

I dont think its all that bad. Hell there are still people using Windows 3.1


Why the hell would anyone still use Windows 3.1? All I could see it used for is people who like to test out old operating systems & that's about it...

MASTER260 said,

Why the hell would anyone still use Windows 3.1? All I could see it used for is people who like to test out old operating systems & that's about it...

there are still companies that use Apple ][e's! no I am not kidding

MASTER260 said,

Why the hell would anyone still use Windows 3.1? All I could see it used for is people who like to test out old operating systems & that's about it...

We had some old Tandy computers that ran DOS when I worked as a telemarketer in 2005. All they did was dial phone numbers and display text information on the screen.

MASTER260 said,

Why the hell would anyone still use Windows 3.1? All I could see it used for is people who like to test out old operating systems & that's about it...

There are a bunch of older EMC CLARiiON SANs that run an embedded version of Win 3.1

MASTER260 said,
Why the hell would anyone still use Windows 3.1? All I could see it used for is people who like to test out old operating systems & that's about it...

I was in Australia around 8 years ago and ANZ were still using Burroughs branded terminals.

MASTER260 said,

Why the hell would anyone still use Windows 3.1? All I could see it used for is people who like to test out old operating systems & that's about it...

Probably some software developed for special uses.............. I cannot imagine other reasons honestly.

Hum said,
Still using Win XP here

Good for you. Do you also ride a horse or did you actually upgrade to a Model-T?

Hum said,
Still using Win XP here

The drop in market share is because people are just buying smartphones and tablets with Windows-8. XP and Windows-7 will still remain the OS for workhorse PCs--not toys.

Hum said,
Still using Win XP here

I have an old version of AutoCad LT that works just fine. It won't run under Windows-7 64bit (and I'm sure it won't run under Windows-8). Why should I have to spend well over $1,000 to upgrade to a version of AutoCAD LT that will run under Windows-8???

TsarNikky said,

The drop in market share is because people are just buying smartphones and tablets with Windows-8. XP and Windows-7 will still remain the OS for workhorse PCs--not toys.

Lolwut? When I think of "workhorse" PC, I think of a PC that people push to its limits with demanding programs and heavy usage. You can't get either out of Windows XP in this day and age.