Windows XP still tops Windows 7 among Unity web player stats

On Monday, we mentioned that Microsoft will end its official support for Windows XP on April 8th, 2014. With less than one year to go before that deadline, there are still a considerable number of PCs that are used every day that have the over 11 year old OS installed.

Today, new statistics were posted that showed just how much Windows XP is still used worldwide. The numbers come from Unity, the company that offers game developers access to graphics engines that can be used for, among other platforms, web-based games. They are based on data collected anonymously from the millions of people who have installed the Unity Web Player on their PCs.

In their web player hardware statistics, it shows that Windows XP is in fact still leading Windows 7 in terms of Unity Web Player users. The numbers, which were updated on March 31st, show that 46.1 percent of Unity Web Player users are on Windows XP, versus 44.9 percent for Windows 7. Windows 8 users are third with 4.5 percent and Windows Vista is fourth with 3.0 percent.

In fact, Unity's numbers show that the use of its web player software by Windows XP owners actually increased during much of 2012. On June 30th, 2013, Windows XP was down to 37.4 percent but rebounded up to 46.9 percent on December 31st, 2012 before going slightly down in March. Part of the reason might be that Windows XP is being used more in Asian countries. Indeed, the percentage of Unity Web Player users is number one in China with a whopping 24.6 percent, with the US in second with 11.7 percent.

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there is a typo

it can't be June 30th, 2013 on the last paragraph first line should be June 30th, 2012

microsoft needs to have a program where residential(home edition) customers can upgrade over the internet for $30/license. it's time to kill this XP virus.

What I get from that graph is that people tried Windows 8 at release, upgrading from Windows 7, didn't like it and installed Windows XP

I that case; what I get from that graph is that people tried OSX at release, upgrading from Windows, didn't like it and installed Windows again...

Windows XP is still a good os, except it is so ancient when start using it after using Windows 7 or 8. When Microsoft pulls the plug, you should be fine still using XP as long as you have antivirus and use a third party browser like opera. Windows 7 and 8 offer so many great new features. It is amazing how long XP lasted!!

And we are right on our way into another era just like that. Instead of XP, now with Windows 7
Although the reasoning behind it is idiotic in my opinion. With XP, Microsoft just waited to long for a new release, plus there where to many changes between 2 releases of Windows.

A/V companies would stop supporting XP when Microsoft pull the plug

that or they would start to charge more for upgrades/updates

Haha who the hell uses the unity engine on the web, oh yeah every single windows user ever.
This isn't worth time it'd take to read.

True, unfortunately. Throw in a poor economy and the new-hardware-centric focus of Windows 8's advertising, and talking folks with 8-capable hardware (that happens to be running 7 or earlier) into upgrading just the OS is a nearly Sisyphean task. I'm far from the only person running 8 on not only non-touch hardware, but desktop hardware - even among Neowinians - but even I recognize that the push is up a pretty darn steep hill to convince anyone else. It's far too easy to justify staying put.

And yet, after just 5 months on the market, it has 3 times the combined total use of Unity on non-Windows OSes such as OSX and Linux which have been available for decades.

Tyler R. said,
Not true. Here is the most current statistics: http://www.netmarketshare.com/...px?qprid=10&qpcustomd=0

I wish there was a reading comprehension test before commenting on this board were possible. From my post:

3 times the combined total use of ***Unity*** on

(emphasis added)

Then from the article:

The numbers, which were updated on March 31st, show that 46.1 percent of Unity Web Player users are on Windows XP, versus 44.9 percent for Windows 7. Windows 8 users are third with 4.5 percent and Windows Vista is fourth with 3.0 percent.

Which tells us:
XP Unity users; 46.1%
Win7 Unity users: 44.9%
Win8 Unity users: 4.5%
Vista Unity users: 3.0%
-----------------------------------------------
Total Unity users on Windows = 46.1+44.9+4.5+3.0 == 98.5%
100% - 98.5% = 1.5% of all Unity users are on non-Windows OSes.

Win8 Unity users = 4.5%
which just happens to be 1.5 * 3 = 4.5.

Hence, when I stated

it has 3 times the combined total use of Unity on non-Windows OSes

and since the context, from your comment, was Win8, "it" is Win8. Therefore what I wrote is mathematically and factually true.

QED.

The true problem with Windows 8: people don't feel the need to upgrade because their current machine is probably "good enough". Aside from a few hardcore games, there is no real reason for most people (e.g., your grandparents) to upgrade.

Windows 7 is has a better threading model and memory management compared to XP, and Windows 8 improves on it while also lowering the overhead required by the OS. Trying to explain that to a normal user is obviously moot.

pickypg said,
The true problem with Windows 8: people don't feel the need to upgrade because their current machine is probably "good enough". Aside from a few hardcore games, there is no real reason for most people (e.g., your grandparents) to upgrade.

Windows 7 is has a better threading model and memory management compared to XP, and Windows 8 improves on it while also lowering the overhead required by the OS. Trying to explain that to a normal user is obviously moot.

If that were true then why would Vista only be at 3% versus 44.9 who are using windows 7?

XP Tops Windows 7... let alone W8.

I don't think the people using this Unity service have as much of a problem with W8 or W7, as much as change itself.

Because people didn't feel the need to update to Vista either. Machines do die, and some people just assume that they're dying when it reality it's just dying software, or even a bad hard drive. Fortunately for computing in general, it's getting harder to stay on Windows XP, but it takes hardware failure or unwitting users being fooled by malware to push it. Every XP user knows the pain of leaving their machine running for a few days, not to mention the pain of waiting forever for a machine to actually startup; neither issue persists on Windows 7 (or 8 for that matter) unless there's a specific piece of software causing it.

Then there's the hardcore users like most people on this site that probably jumped at the chance to either get off of Vista, or to skip Vista by going to Windows 7. I already stated why I know Windows 7 is better, and Windows Vista was devastated by bad publicity after its debut (some warranted, some not, but mostly from bad drivers), but it laid most of the groundwork that Windows 7 simply inherited.

More like pre-builts replaced Vista with 7 and a lot of power users jumped on 7 due to the massive negative "vista sucks" bandwagon that was semi-falsely created. Vista had some problems, but 2 SPs later and it turned into a great OS.

Unfortunately, Microsoft decided to release VistaSE as a new OS (and re-skin the UI in the process to make it feel 'new') just to get away from the Vista hate.

I personally still use Vista over 7, not that I'm happy with the increasing lack of support, but I just can't get used to the new UI, even with a bunch of UI mods; it's just not enough: http://imgur.com/a/DXZ0G