MORE INQUIRER READERS that have Windows XP will switch to Linux than Windows 8 when support for Windows XP ends next week.
In The INQUIRER's recent poll we asked, "Which operating system will you use after Windows XP support ends on 8 April?"
One third will move to Windows 7, which according to latest Net Applications figures still has nearly half of the PC market.
Only 17 percent will stick with Windows XP despite the end of support from Microsoft. Several major organisations including the UK government will pay significant sums of money for extended support, while anti-virus software vendor Malwarebytes has announced that it will offer anti-malware support for the foreseeable future.
Linux comes in third at 13 percent, two percent ahead of Windows 8 at 11 percent. Microsoft announced a major update to Windows 8.1 this week, which will see aspects of the derided Modern or Metro user interface integrated with the traditional Windows desktop, and the firm previewed the return of the Windows Start Menu in a future release.
Mac OS X scored five percent, while other versions of Windows such as Windows Vista, Windows 2000 and Windows 3.1 scored just one percent, as did Chrome OS. Finally, 19 percent of respondents had already migrated.
The huge response to this poll illustrated what an important issue PC operating systems are to customers and the results indicate that Microsoft still has a lot of work to do to convince users that the direction it's taking with its Windows operating system will work for them. µ