46% Of Consumers Are Still Using Windows XP
Microsoft may update windows every 18 months or so but years of stability issues means that many businesses still use one of the most reliable versions ever—Windows XP.
According to research conducted by Forrester Research back in March 2011, a whopping 60% of corporate desktops are still running Windows XP, while another research conducted by NetMarketShare.com shows that 46% of consumer desktops have opted to keep the stability of Windows XP.
With Windows 8 about to hit the shelves, many are wondering if the longstanding allegiance to XP will disappear in the coming months. The consensus however, is that this won’t happen, not least because the reasons for sticking with Windows XP won’t disappear in the coming months.
One of the biggest issues as mentioned before is stability; whilst many consumers ran to Vista due to the novelty, many found the upgrade experience a horror. Once word got round, especially to corporates, the decision was taken by most to stick with the more stable version of Windows.
Microsoft still supports the software, but as more and more new releases come out, that level of support will drop. We mustn’t forget that Microsoft announced recently that IE6 would no longer be supported, and although software and browsers are different beasts, ultimately XP will meet the same fate.
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