Microsoft may be able to breathe a little less heavy now, with news Windows 8 and 8.1 has passed the 10% milestone and Windows XP is starting to die down, with the disgruntled users of XP moving to Windows 8 or Windows 7 in droves.
Windows 8.1 seems to have helped the new operating system out a little, where Windows 8 was a stark change by Microsoft, Windows 8.1 is trying to dumb down the change and better integrate Windows 7 users, who want the legacy desktop and start button.
Windows XP, on the other side, is becoming less used, with under 30% of all Windows users actually still running the OS. This is still almost a third of all Windows users, an incredible amount of an operating system that has not appeared on new laptops since 2006.
Microsoft has already issued warnings about any businesses or personal users that continue to use Windows XP past the end support date, but third party developers like Oracle have chimed in to say they will continue to support XP after Microsoft stop.
Despite the Windows 8 rise and Windows XP drop, there is still one operating system growing at a faster rate: Windows 7. The previous OS update has almost 50% of the total Windows users and around 40% of all users on any computer, including Mac and Linux OS.
This is not great for Microsoft, especially considering they are desperately trying to get businesses and personal users off Windows XP. It looks like Windows 7 will become the XP in a few years time, when Microsoft are trying to ship Windows 9 after Windows 8.7 fails.
What’s interesting is the lack of Linux growth, Chrome OS actually runs on Linux and should be considered “Linux” in this group, but the open source OS has failed to step over 2%, showing the lack of user investment when it comes to Chromebooks, despite analysts opinion.