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Windows XP gained market share in January (or did it?)

Ian Paul | Feb. 4, 2014
Even though Microsoft is almost ready to put Windows XP out to pasture, the latest worldwide numbers from Net Applications show Windows XP market share actually grew by 0.25 percentage points in January, compared to the month previous.

The XP problem
Nevertheless, it's undeniable that Windows XP still has a massive install base, second only to Windows 7. It's likely there will still be a huge user base for Windows XP later in 2014, and tech companies are preparing to support the system in a limited fashion after April.

To help out Windows XP users who refuse to quit, Google will support Chrome for Windows XP until April 2015. And Microsoft says Windows XP's anti-malware engine will continue to get updates until July 14, 2015. But security software can only detect malware attacks, and won't permanently fix any critical flaws after April 8--and there will be flaws in Windows XP, bet on it.

If you do plan on sticking with the aging OS, we've just published a primer on what you should do to remain as safe as possible with Windows XP. But if you're able to quit the system, you should do so very soon.

 

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