XP OS Doing OK

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 @ 03:04 PM gHale

A strong and powerful operating system can never really go away and Windows XP is a perfect case in point.

That is because the OS, which came out in 2001 and Microsoft officially ended support four years ago, remains a popular choice for users across the world. There are months where it gains market share. Windows XP remains the platform of choice for an important number of users. In fact, in the manufacturing automation sector, the Windows XP operating system remains popular with users.

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Obviously, the numbers for the operating system have declined since its heyday, but for March Windows XP was at 4.59 percent market share, which makes it the fourth most popular Windows version, with bigger share than the top macOS version right now, according to numbers with NetMarketShare.com.

Windows XP gradually declined over the last couple of years, and this perfectly makes sense given the lack of updates. The drop, however, ended in October 2017 when Windows XP jumped from 6.19 percent to 7.64 percent, only to start losing ground once again the month after.

The operating system lost share ever since, reaching the lowest score in February when it dropped to 3.81 percent. However, another recovery appeared in March when Windows XP gained another 0.78 percent.

Windows XP is one of the most popular Windows versions ever released by Microsoft, and this slow pace of losing market share is living proof users aren’t ready to give up on it, even though it has been four years after Microsoft stopped rolling out updates.

What is at issue is Windows XP is more vulnerable to attacks based on exploits found in other Windows versions and because this OS version runs on a number of systems being used by authorities or government across the world.

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