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Windows XP user base is shrinking

The race to beat the April deadline is on
Thu Jan 02 2014, 17:03
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DECREPIT OPERATING SYSTEM Windows XP is finally on its way out, according to latest figures.

Despite many years of Windows XP having been clung to by businesses and less tech-savvy individuals, the latest figures from Netmarketshare show that it is now on nearly 29 percent of machines, compared with over 40 percent a year ago.

Meanwhile Windows 7, despite having been superseded by Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, is now on nearly half of all machines, 47.52 percent compared to just over 10 percent for the combined Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

With Windows XP reaching end of life in April this year, it is imperative that the remaining refusenicks start the process of updating their systems as, at that point, Microsoft will cease all security updates, potentially leaving Windows XP machines open to future attacks.

The slow adoption of Windows 8 has been no surprise considering the critical pounding it took after launch. Windows 8.1 has served to address many of the problems, but the damage has been done, similar to how Windows Vista's problems led to a large scale decision to stay with Windows XP.

The big difference this time, however, is the several viable alternatives to Windows that have become available, leading users to choose different systems to meet their needs and leaving Microsoft to ponder how best to adapt to its post glory days.

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