Windows XP use keeps going up; Windows 8.1 stalls in February's OS data

With less than 40 days before Microsoft pulls the plug on supporting Windows XP, the 12-year old operating system seems to actually be gaining a few more users. That's according to the data collected by Net Applications, which shows that Windows XP had a market share of 29.53 percent for the month of February.

That number is up compared to January 2014, when Windows XP had 29.30 percent of the OS share. It's becoming clear that Microsoft's attempts and pleas to get people and businesses to stop using XP won't be enough to reduce its worldwide percentage substantially by the support deadline of April 8th.

At the same time, Net Application's data shows yet another OS problem for Microsoft; lots of folks are simply not updating their Windows 8 PCs to the new, and free, Windows 8.1, despite its improvements and new features. The firm's February data shows that Windows 8.1 now has just 4.30 percent of the OS market share, compared to 3.92 percent in January. That's a very tiny rise for a update that is completely free for Windows 8 users. 

The February data shows Windows 8 still has 6.38 percent of the OS share worldwide, compared to 6.62 percent in January. Combined, Windows 8 and 8.1's share amounted to 10.68 percent, which is only slightly higher than its 10.54 percentage level in January.

Windows 7, to no one's surprise, remains the most used PC operating system. The new data for February show it holds a 47.31 percent of the market, compared to January's 47.46 percent.

Source: Net Applications | Image via Net Applications

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