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Windows XP falls below 40 percent market share

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 05 Dec 2012 21:25 User comments (17)

Windows XP falls below 40 percent market share According to NetApplications, Windows XP has fallen below 40 percent market for the first time since it passed the mark a decade ago.
Windows 7 kept its majority stake, at 44.71 percent, up from 36 percent at the beginning of the year. XP began the year at 47 percent.

Vista continued its slow but sure decline, falling from 8 percent at the beginning of the year to 5.7 percent now.

Windows 8, released in late October, moved up to 1.09 percent share.

Apple's Mac OS X versions 10.6 and 10.7 combined for 4.38 percent while Linux and "others" combined for the remaining 4.5 percent.

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17 user comments

16.12.2012 12:16

The old dogs using this lame assed antiquated OS vary rarely can learn new tricks.

26.12.2012 13:04

I know there are enterprise users making up this stat. Heck, my company is still using XP on their machines.

36.12.2012 14:25

Originally posted by molsen:
I know there are enterprise users making up this stat. Heck, my company is still using XP on their machines.
As is mine..............sad!

47.12.2012 7:14

Originally posted by hearme0:
The old dogs using this lame assed antiquated OS vary rarely can learn new tricks.
The old dogs just like to let suckers like you iron out all the bugs first so they can move to a stable platform when the time is right.

57.12.2012 13:00

Originally posted by hearme0:
Originally posted by molsen:
I know there are enterprise users making up this stat. Heck, my company is still using XP on their machines.
As is mine..............sad!
Mine as well. IT can't manage to make a stable image with 7, let alone make their own workstations stable. Fortunately we're pretty isolated and I've upgraded out little corner to Win7x64.

67.12.2012 14:48

xp, meh i just pulled out the last windows 2000 workstation from a clients which had been hidden away cowering in the corner trying to evade replacement lol.

77.12.2012 15:24

Originally posted by plazma247:
xp, meh i just pulled out the last windows 2000 workstation from a clients which had been hidden away cowering in the corner trying to evade replacement lol.
Gotta love that, our company of 1400+ workstations still had around 50 with Win2k back when Vista dropped (obviously a few years back) but nothing can compare to delivering a printer to install, only to have to find one with NT support! Really old workstation was in a lab, connected to dedicated equipment. Now that was definitely the time I had to let those technicians know of a disaster plan!

87.12.2012 15:33

Originally posted by Schmick:
Originally posted by hearme0:
The old dogs using this lame assed antiquated OS vary rarely can learn new tricks.
The old dogs just like to let suckers like you iron out all the bugs first so they can move to a stable platform when the time is right.
That's the same lame excuse we've heard forever, and it's still BS. Fact is, and you can research this if you like, W7 was more stable out of the box than XP ever was. XP shipped with over 1500 known bugs while W7 was less than 500. The kernel was infinitely more secure as were the HAL and application layers. You can keep telling yourself that story every night before bedtime if it makes you feel better, but it's still just a story without basis in truth.
No OS is perfect, ever, there will always be bugs in it right up to the last PC booting it for the last time, but 7 had XP beat before it even shipped.

97.12.2012 15:44

I had been hanging onto a hard drive with my copy of XP on it, 'just in case', but just a week or two ago decided to let it go & format to use the drive for media storage.

It was like saying goodbye to an old familiar pal, but its day had definitely been & gone.
Win7 is a much more stable OS & it has become noticeable how XP was losing support.

107.12.2012 15:44

Originally posted by Tarsellis:
Originally posted by hearme0:
Originally posted by molsen:
I know there are enterprise users making up this stat. Heck, my company is still using XP on their machines.
As is mine..............sad!
Mine as well. IT can't manage to make a stable image with 7, let alone make their own workstations stable. Fortunately we're pretty isolated and I've upgraded out little corner to Win7x64.

Your IT should be fired! I'm in IT. Network Admin. Let your team know I'm ready to school them on IT basics for 125/hour.
..........scratch that! They should NEVER EVER be allowed to touch a keyboard again.

117.12.2012 17:44

Originally posted by hearme0:
Originally posted by Tarsellis:
Originally posted by hearme0:
Originally posted by molsen:
I know there are enterprise users making up this stat. Heck, my company is still using XP on their machines.
As is mine..............sad!
Mine as well. IT can't manage to make a stable image with 7, let alone make their own workstations stable. Fortunately we're pretty isolated and I've upgraded out little corner to Win7x64.

Your IT should be fired! I'm in IT. Network Admin. Let your team know I'm ready to school them on IT basics for 125/hour.
..........scratch that! They should NEVER EVER be allowed to touch a keyboard again.
^ Agreed that is honestly pathetic ...

128.12.2012 1:01

Originally posted by molsen:
I know there are enterprise users making up this stat. Heck, my company is still using XP on their machines.
Maybe I had something to do with this decline. I took a new job in May with a school district that was about 90% XP even on their newer computers because no one knew how to image using Windows 7. Now today I am happy to say it is more like 90% Windows 7.

AMD Phenom II 965 @ 3.67Ghz, 8GB DDR3, ATI Radeon 5770HD, 256GB OCZ Vertex 4, 2TB Additional HDD, Windows 7 Ultimate.

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138.12.2012 2:07

This is the same DUMBASS author, Andre Yoskowitz, months ago published that macs are catching up with Microsoft Windows sales.

This info is irrelevant unless you've been living in a CAVE for the last 10 years when XP have been out for that long.

Windows XP did not FALL BEHIND. It's called "PROGRESS and INNOVATION" by Microsoft.

148.12.2012 5:35

I think the author should probably also point out this is desktop share, if you were to count servers the figures would be a little diffirent.

158.12.2012 5:43

Plazma247 ... your absolutely right. Microsoft server dominates the planet and not to mention the jobs it creates.

168.12.2012 6:12

I think if you look at servers from a revenue point of view, yes microsoft has it for obvious reasons, linux is free and only a few distros charge for support. Because many are behind closed walls and because linux is gpl its hard to estimate the market share. However i would suspect microsft is not killing it as much as you think if you were count office server (probably a little more in microsft favour) and web/dns/internet servers in the same pot, where linux is probably far more dominant. I think you would find linux is more dominant.

Stever B estimated this in 2008 at 60 to 40 in linuxs favour, many articles for q1 and q2 of this year indicate that linux was growing faster still, although arguably this has probably changed a little sincer server 2012 was released.

1715.12.2012 12:26

Not bad for an OS that has not been officially "for sale" in almost 4 years. Time to move on, corporations. Win7 has been out long enough that you should be stuck with it for a few years.

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