Support for Windows XP will end on 8 April, but it seems that a significant number of people have chosen to stay with the rapidly aging operating system even after Microsoft ceases to support it.
However, the numbers pointing in that direction aren’t exactly overwhelming, with a notable amount of people also indicating that they will make the switch to a new operating system at some point.
Digital Trends recently ran a poll asking people if they would stick with or move on from XP after April 8 and according to the results, 423 respondents indicated that they would upgrade from Windows XP, while 352 people chose the option stating that they would upgrade from XP to Windows 8, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.
Windows 8.1′s desktop OS share stood at 3.9 percent in January. While that rose last month to 4.3 percent, an increase of .4 percent, Windows XP’s share also rose.
After falling from 31.22 percent in November to 28.98 percent in December, Windows XP’s share increased to 29.23 percent in January, and ticked upward again in February to 29.53 percent.
The stats show that more people are opting to use an OS that’s more than 10 years old over a more modern alternative speaks volumes.
Even though Windows 7 is still the dominant desktop operating system, Windows 7′s shares have dipped recently, from 47.49 percent in January to 47.31 percent in February. That comes after a surge of nearly one percentage point in November, when Windows 7′s share stood at 46.64 percent.
Users might be unwilling to switch operating systems whilst there is still support from Microsoft. But if a large XP user experiences slowdowns or system instability or comes under attack due to no furhter malware support, we may see the die hard XP users migrating to a new operating system quicker than they had hoped.
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