THE FIRST FIGURES following the Windows XP end of life date show that it has had minimal impact on its market share, according to this month's report from Net Applications.
Though no one expected a mass exodus from Windows XP after the 8 April deadline, its share last month dropped just 1.4 percent to 26.29 percent. It seems that the bargaining, cajoling, pleading and threatening from Microsoft has done little convince Windows XP users to move away from it.
Windows 8, which saw a significant update during the same period, has failed to catch those who did decide to migrate, growing just 0.94 percent, though of those merry few, a shift away from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 has begun with a drop of 0.05 percent away from Windows 8, caused mostly by the decision to release Windows 8.1 Update 1 through the Windows Update engine, rather than the Windows Store.
Still ruling the roost is Windows 7, which has seen its market share rise slightly from 48.77 percent to 49.27 percent, suggesting that it could reach 50 percent penetration within the next few months.
Linux use grew 0.1 percent, reflecting our readers' preferences, many of which had indicated in a recent poll that they would rather migrate to Linux than Windows 8.
Windows Vista continued its long, slow death at 2.89 percent, down 0.1 percent, while Mac use grew to exceed four percent at 4.07 percent, up 0.32 percent.
Microsoft has already made significant concessions in its strategy to reflect the public's lukewarm reaction to Windows 8, and has already previewed the return of the Start Menu, one of the ongoing omissions that has offended users of previous editions.
Although it is still early days, it seems that Microsoft's olive branch is doing little to appease those who are deserting it in a receeding PC market. µ