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Two years. That is how long it’s been since Microsoft abandoned its record-beating operating system, Windows XP.
Despite the fact that during all this time there haven’t been any security updates or patches rolled out for its users (with some industrial solutions being the exception), the system still runs on almost every tenth computer worldwide.
On the other hand, this figure is considerably lower, compared to April 8th 2014, when Microsoft pulled off one of the most controversial conclusions of support in computing history.
At that time, about quarter (27.7%) of machines around the globe were still using Windows XP and users weren’t really keen to upgrade. Even a month after the platform’s end of life (EOL), in May 2014, only about 2.4% had moved on to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.“While down to a fraction of its original market share, 8-11% globally and somewhat higher in emerging markets, Windows XP stills remains in use.”
“While down to a fraction of its original market share, 8-11% globally and somewhat higher in emerging markets, Windows XP stills remains in use,” commented ESET’s distinguished researcher Aryeh Goretsky on the current statistics of the old Microsoft system.
If you too are an XP loyalist, there are some good reasons why you should finally say goodbye to your old friend:
If you are looking for an alternative to the aging Windows XP, read this blog post to help you decide whether you should stay or go to Windows 10. To make an informed decision you can also read Aryeh Goretsky’s whitepaper about Windows 10.
Author Ondrej Kubovič, ESET