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Windows XP PC OS market share drops, but not by much, after support ends

Despite warnings, Windows XP still prevails.

Windows XP is no longer getting any public updates from Microsoft, but the company's decision to stop supporting the over 12 year old operating system doesn't seem to have had a huge effect on its install base, at least so far. Today, the newest stats from Net Applications show that XP is still being used by over a quarter of all PCs worldwide.

The firm, which collects unique visitor stats from tens of thousands of websites to come up with its numbers, released its April 2014 findings this morning. They show Windows XP still claims 26.29 percent of the PC OS market share. That's down from the firm's March numbers, which had XP at 27.69 percent.

It's likely that XP will continue to be used by a large number of PCs worldwide for quite some time, as many businesses and governments will take months to upgrade their systems to Windows 7 or 8/8.1. As we reported a few days ago, the Chinese government is going to be sticking with XP for a long time, claiming that upgrading to Windows 8 is simply too expensive.

Windows 7 is shown in the number one OS spot in Net Applications' figures, as always, with 49.27 percent in April, up from 48.77 percent in March. Windows 8 is third with 6.36 percent in April, down slightly from 6.41 percent in March. Windows 8.1 is fourth with 5.88 percent in April, up from 4.89 percent in March. Combined, Windows 8 and 8.1 claim 12.24 percent, up nearly a full percentage point from 11.3 percent in March.

Source: Net Applications | Image via Net Applications

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