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Windows XP still lives and it has more users than Windows 8 and 8.1

Windows XP still lives and it has more users than Windows 8 and 8.1

by AshwinApril 4, 2015

Microsoft ended support for Windows XP a year ago, on April 8, 2014.


But that isn’t preventing users from abandoning Microsoft’s most popular operating system.

In fact XP has more users than Windows 8 and 8.1 combined. As of March 2015, Windows XP has 16.94% of the market shares, and Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 together hold a market share of 14.07%, says a report by NetMarketShare. However XP’s shares has fallen significantly from 23.89% in September 2014, so you could say it is kind of an improvement.

Microsoft has repeatedly warned XP users to switch over to a more recent OS to receive security patches and updates. So, why exactly are people still using an operating system that is over a decade old?

There are many reasons for that. The main reason is that many people still use a computer, which do not have the hardware requirements to run newer operating systems like Windows 8.1. Of course we should also take into consideration that not everyone cannot afford a new computer, while others choose not to upgrade simply because they see no advantage in it.

And of course Windows doesn’t come cheap, and that will further reduce the number of people who are willing to buy a license for Windows 8.  Speaking of which, Microsoft may not admit it, but Windows 8 is just another Vista, the company’s biggest flop. The Metro UI literally made a lot of people cringe, because it just didn’t look appealing or user friendly. The lack of a start menu in Windows 8 did not make things easier either.

These examples are part of the disastrous Steve Ballmer era, which are fortunately in the past. However, the company may have just agonised users further by stopping the sales of Windows 7, last November. This meant that XP users had just one choice, move over to Windows 8.1.

Microsoft made amends quickly, and it had to, because the company cannot afford another miserable adoption arate for an OS. Back in January, the company announced that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for users of  Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. This will definitely help in users moving away from all three operating systems to the latest iteration of Windows.

If you want to give Windows 10 a whirl, you can do so by joining the Windows Insider Program for free, and then download the Windows 10 Technical Preview.Windows 10 has a start menu, although it isn’t the classic menu which you have used in Windows 7, but hey it isn’t final yet. The official version may still bring the old start menu, and you could provide feedback to Microsoft to help them develop the OS.

The latest build of the OS comes with Microsoft’s new browser called Spartan, which is slimmer and faster, and also supports extensions. The company hopes to move away from Internet Explorer, which has been mocked for its performance over the last decade, which was dominated by modern browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera.