Windows XP, the OS that just won’t die, finally sinks below 25% market share

Microsoft said goodbye to Windows XP back in April, but that hasn’t stopped millions from clinging to the retired operating system, according to stats released by Net Applications.

If the third-party data is accurate, Windows XP finally slipped below 25 percent desktop OS market share last month — nearly 13 years after its release.

Windows XP’s decline is a good thing; the operating system has been unsupported for months. But unfortunately for Microsoft, the PC giant’s latest OS release, Windows 8.1, also experienced a drop in marketshare last month, as first reported by The Next Web. Windows 8.1 currently holds 6.56 percent of the market, down from 6.61 percent in June. The decline is slight, but it suggests that long-term growth may have stagnated.


Apple’s latest desktop release OS X 10.9, on the other hand, is up by .17 percent from June to July 2014, from 3.95 to 4.12 percent.

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Park Clayton
Park Clayton

HATE XP - people, gt rid of your bp's! at least get W7 but if your going to pay for W7 just step up and get the W8 you'll be good for at last the next 3-4 years imo

Joe Snow
Joe Snow

The change to what? A more difficult to use OS? XP users should stop upgrading at 7 and then wait and see what happens with Windows 9.