Windows XP increases market share... again!

Latest data from Netmarketshare suggests that Windows XP may be retired, but it's still extremely dangerous

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Nearly 14 years on from its initial release, Windows XP has increased its market for the second month in a row.

According to figures from NetMarketShare, XP had a 29.53% share of the market in February, up from 29.3% cent in January. In December, the figure was 28.98, meaning that despite Microsoft’s best efforts, the legacy operating system isn’t ready to retire just yet.

The Redmond firm ended extended support for XP in April of 2014 and did everything in its power to convince users that Windows 8 was a viable upgrade; but consumers and businesses alike have continued to shun the touch-friendly operating system in favour of of the older operating systems. In fact, the most recent figures suggest that Windows 7 and Windows XP hold a combined market share of 76.84%, while Windows 8 and 8.1 account for just 10.68%.

All eyes will now be on Windows 10, due to launch in the second half of the year. Microsoft recently announced that all Windows 7 and Windows 8 users would be entitled to a free upgrade to the new operating system; but whether or not the flagship OS can persuade XP loyalists to defect remains to be seen.

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