Windows XP Gains Market Share In July

/ 3 years ago


The latest figures by analytic company Net Applications show that between June 2013 and July 2013 Windows XP grew its market share by 0.02%. While the growth is negligible and within margin of error of being negative it still demonstrates something important. Windows XP has held its market share incredibly strongly over the past few years and despite Microsoft’s hope that users of XP will all move to Windows 7 and Windows 8 by Windows XP’s retirement date in April 2014, this is not turning out to be the case.

Windows XP is nearly 12 years old and yet it remains as popular as ever with 37.19% market share, second only to Windows 7 which has 44.49% market share. Microsoft has tried to encourage both businesses and consumers that Windows XP is no longer a smart choice and that Windows 7 or 8 are the way to go. Yet we consistently see time and time again that no one appears to be listening and Windows XP is holding its market share considerably well.

This comes on the back of analysts commenting that they expect users will continue to use Windows XP well beyond its retirement date.

Image courtesy of Net Applications

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  • Alistair Hardy

    i actually feel uncomfortable on XP now. Win7 is just better in every way (excluding OS memory usage, but we have more memory and the OS does more now apparently)

  • ET3D

    Looking at the figures on their site, I find it more amazing that around 0.01% of people are still using Windows 98.

    Unfortunately it’s not possible to filter by region without paying. I think that would be pretty interesting. If for example most of these XP users are in China, that would be different than if that’s the ratio in the US.

  • RockLobster

    Working in Retail
    A lot of our customers use their PoS units with Xp on them, I cannot see this changing for a good while just yet, as the possible cost of moving the tilling software to Win7 at this time would be a huge outlay and something they might not want to spend that money on…