DEVELOPER OF MERELY GOOD ENOUGH SOFTWARE Microsoft is having some trouble luring its customers off Windows XP.
Even after dumping support for Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2), the Vole is still finding it hard to get people to move off Windows XP and onto Windows 7. According to figures released by Netmarketshare, usage of Windows Vista and Windows 7 combined fails to eclipse that of Windows XP. That's a disappointing statistic, given that Windows 7 has been available, in one way or another, for well over a year and Windows Vista has been knocking around for nearly four years.
Microsoft was hoping that ending support for Windows XP SP2 would light a fire under Windows 7 uptake, but at this point it seems that the Vole's plan isn't working. With a combined market share of 29 per cent, Windows Vista and Windows 7 aren't even in the same league as Windows XP, which has over 61 percent of the total installed base.
While the figures are a source of embarrassment for Microsoft, it's still pretty impressive to see one of its hairball operating systems that is almost a decade old having such a large share of the market.
Though these figures go to show that Microsoft is having a hard time shifting users off its lumbering operating system, Jobs' Mob is facing a far worse picture. Mac OS X use has stagnated at the 5 per cent mark for the past year.
Perhaps these figures are not that surprising. After all, we are talking about two companies, one of which is best known for flogging a phone that can't make calls and another that's known for stifling competition. They both must be wondering what else they might do to increase sales.
We'd suggest that perhaps good products and fair dealing might help. µ
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