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XP's retirement triggers another wave of deserters

Gregg Keizer | May 2, 2014
Windows XP users continued to put the old OS out to pasture last month, but the now-unsupported operating system still powered more than a quarter of all PCs on the planet.

Windows 7, the 2009 stalwart expected by many to go into retirement as grudgingly as did XP, also added user share as XP's declined. Windows 7 climbed six-tenths of a percentage point to end April with 49.4% of all personal computers, and 54.4% of only those running some form of Windows.

That increase was less than half of Windows 7's March gains, perhaps hinting at the beginning of the end of enterprise migrations. Businesses still stuck with some XP PCs have been replacing them with ones running Windows 7, not Windows 8 or 8.1. Analysts expect that companies will standardize on Windows 7 for several years, and may be hard to pry from the OS when its support ends in 2020.

Windows 8 took in more XP refugees than did Windows 7 in April, perhaps a sign the bulk of enterprises' migrations from the 13-year-old XP have finished. (Data: Net Applications.)


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