Windows XP

Microsoft ended support for Windows XP in April 2014, and since then, the Redmond giant has beem asking customers and businesses to upgrade to Windows 10. In a surprising turn of events, NetMarketShare has released the new stats, which confirm that Windows XP is still far from dead.

NetMarketShare’s March report revealed that Windows XP’s market share increased to 4.59%, and the latest report for May shows that the OS has once again improved its share.

Windows XP is currently at 5.04%, no less than four years after Microsoft stopped shipping security updates for this particular OS version. So, instead of getting closer to its complete demise, it actually gained market, and that’s the worst thing.

Windows XP market share
Market share of Windows versions, including Windows XP in 2018 | Image Courtesy: NetMarketShare

As you can see in the above NetMarketShare’s data analysis captured by Windows Latest, Windows XP dropped to 3.81% in February, and since then, the operating system has grown, even though many people considered it dead and vulnerable.

Windows XP continues to fight for survival

Microsoft invested millions of dollars in Windows XP, and all these efforts paid off for the company, with millions of systems still running. Microsoft pulled support for Windows XP in April 2014, and the operating system no longer receives cumulative updates and security patches, but people are still using it for unknown reasons.

The security researchers have also confirmed that Windows XP has become vulnerable to attacks and it puts customers’ data at risk.

Windows XP was one of the best versions of Windows, and some people believe that vulnerability isn’t a strong reason to move to a newer release.

Windows XP represented a major overhaul of Microsoft’s Windows operating system, and a million-dollar marketing campaign was launched to promote the features.

Microsoft launched the Windows XP operating system on October 25, 2001, nearly 17 years after its public unveiling. The Redmond-based software giant invested millions of dollars in marketing as Windows XP was one of the critical updates for the product, and its interface is still used in Windows 10.

The latest desktop OS, Windows 10, has been available since 2015, and it powers more than 700 million devices. Windows 10 is said to be the last version of Windows, and Microsoft will release feature updates for the OS twice a year with new features.

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Mayank Parmar

Mayank Parmar is an entrepreneur who founded Windows Latest. He is the Editor-in-Chief and has written on various topics in his seven years of career, but he is mostly known for his well-researched work on Microsoft's Windows. His articles and research works have been referred to by CNN, Business Insiders, Forbes, Fortune, CBS Interactive, Microsoft and many others over the years.