Windows XP Market Share Falls Below 50 Percent
The New Reality for Customer Engagement
Is Windows XP finally on the way out?
Based on the latest Net Applications analysis, that certainly seems the trend: Microsoft's aging warhorse now occupies some 49.69 percent of the operating system market, a slight tumble from majority status that nonetheless sparked a mighty buzz among tech publications and pundits.
Meanwhile, the research firm places Windows 7 market share at 27.92 percent, Windows Vista at 9.27 percent and Mac OS X 10.6 at 3.76 percent.
Those stats are somewhat mirrored by StatCounter, which gives Windows XP some 44.4 percent of the market, followed by Windows 7 with 35.94 percent, Windows Vista with 11.02 percent and Mac OS X with 6.31 percent.
Microsoft wants businesses and consumers to give up XP in the worst way. But after a decade in the wild, the operating system is stable and patched, with an interface and applications familiar to virtually anyone who works with computers on a daily basis. Moreover, a relatively anemic economy means less cash for businesses and consumers to spend on hardware and software upgrades, meaning more aging desktops and laptops running XP.
Microsoft Download Center even offers a Windows XP End Of Support Countdown Gadget, which ticks off the days until the operating system s official support ends in 2014. The company s latest browser, Internet Explorer 9, won't run on XP.
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