Feeds

Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge

Death row OS reclaims title as Redmond's fastest-growing

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

If you don't believe in the undead, think again: Windows XP may be just over a month from its much-publicised demise but is now Microsoft's fastest-growing operating system in terms of market share.

For that zombie-like assertion we can thank Netmarketshare's new data about operating system market share. As we reported in February, the outfit found that in January XP claimed 29.23 per cent of all the desktops it detected online.

As of February, the firm says, that's gone up to 29.53 per cent.

You read that right: XP's market share has gone up.

It even grew faster than any other Microsoft operating system.

Proof of that assertion comes from Vulture South's Tablo-matic 2099, which we've fed a few months of Netmarketshare data.

Oct 2013 Nov 2013 Dec 2013 Jan 2014 Feb 2014
Windows XP 31.24 31.22 28.98 29.23 29.53
Windows Vista 3.63 3.57 3.61 3.3 3.1
Windows 7 46.42 46.64 47.52 47.49 47.31
Windows 8 7.53 6.66 6.89 6.63 6.38
Windows 8.1 1.72 2.64 3.6 3.95 4.1

After adding market share of 0.3 per cent, that makes XP Microsoft's fastest-growing operating system as Windows 8.1 accelerated just .15 per cent.

There are all sorts of reasons Netmarketshare's data could be erroneous, but even if XP's market share isn't growing it is still extraordinary that it it remains installed on almost one in three PCs. Anecdotally, a great many XP machines reside in developing nations: your correspondent certainly saw a fair bit of XP in places like Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam last year.

Even that scenario leaves millions of PCs in more developed nations running XP. It's conceivable many will get an upgrade, or be replaced, during March. It's also clear that come April 9th, those with new ways to attack XP will have plenty of targets. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really
Windows NEIN skipped, tech preview due out on Wednesday
Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9
Forget touchscreen millennials, Microsoft goes for mouse crowd
Apple: SO sorry for the iOS 8.0.1 UPDATE BUNGLE HORROR
Apple kills 'upgrade'. Hey, Microsoft. You sure you want to be like these guys?
ARM gives Internet of Things a piece of its mind – the Cortex-M7
32-bit core packs some DSP for VIP IoT CPU LOL
Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week
Rebranded OS reportedly set to be flung open by Redmond
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.