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Good News: Windows XP Is Finally Going Dark

While all eyes are on the adoption of Windows 10 and the current market share of the soon-to-be-retired Windows 7, Microsoft is still keeping an eye on Windows XP.

While all eyes are on the adoption of Windows 10 and the current market share of the soon-to-be-retired Windows 7, Microsoft is still keeping an eye on Windows XP.

And there’s a good reason for this: this operating system was launched in 2001, retired in 2014, and yet, it’s still surprisingly widely-used these days.

However, as we can see in a new batch of statistics provided by NetMarketShare, Windows XP is finally going dark, after a year 2018 that was full of ups and downs.

One year ago, Windows XP was running on no less than 4.59 percent of the desktop computers across the world, which for an operating system retired four years before, that’s quite an achievement.Lowest market share in historyAnd what’s worse is that its market share then improved to reach 5.04 percent in May for a reason that’s very hard to be explained. Fortunately for the entire industry, Windows XP then embraced a descending trend to collapse to 3.19 percent in September the same year, but only to increase once again and to eventually reach 4.54 percent in December.

Since then, however, Windows XP has constantly declined, and in March 2019 it reached its lowest market share since the 2014 retirement. The OS now runs on just 2.29 percent of the PCs across the world, and there’s a high chance it would continue its drop in the coming months.

In case you’re wondering why stepping away from Windows XP is so important, it all comes down to the lack of security updates and software support on this platform. Not only that Microsoft no longer patches vulnerabilities in the operating system, but third-party app support is also missing, so most of the programs running on it are already outdated.

Unfortunately for Microsoft, while the Windows XP struggle is close to coming to an end, another one is just around the corner. Windows 7 will be retired in January 2020, and by the looks of things, it’s likely to become the second Windows XP.
 
Windows XP market share in the latest 12 months
 
 
 
 
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:sadbye: Windows XP. By the way, most banks in Argentina do stil have Windows XP on their ATMs.

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Only reason it's going dark is 3rd party software vendors dropping support for  it  happen to all OS  before it when 3rd party software vendors drop support as well ,   It don't  have nothing to do with anything Microsoft done , Windows 10 or any of that . Windows 7 was never able to kill it back when Microsoft didn't have any computation even . Microsoft's biggest loss is they never were able to get there foot in the door with smart phones  and now Android  has more users than all versions of windows combined does.  What is hurting Microsoft is many people who used XP  and newer now only use a smartphone now they switched to Android  or IOS  because it suits them better.  I know people  who use  only  a smartphone  and to watch videos they use a smart TV  and there phone all powered by Android and they were once desktop users. You go to r/piracy  on  reddit.com  they talk about apps for phones just as much as they do PCs .So it's no longer just about witch Desktop people use.  It really don't matter Microsoft made a lot of money on XP  even after 2014 by charging millions  of dollars to  business  to still get updates and Microsoft plans to to make a killing selling   updates to business  once they drop support for windows 7 as well. 

 

Microsoft is no longer the Windows company there a services company now . They make most of  there money from selling services . Windows updates is a big money racket  that pours in money for Microsoft and  they have millions of lab rats testing them for free  for them , they know what there doing  and it's all about money not the end user at all lol. I wouldnt be shocked once Windows 7 runs out updates if they don't make all people who got it for free  buy future upgrades  to Windows  10. They all ready have were business can buy updates by the month. In some cases they already have as Windows 10 evolves they already have blocked upgrades on certain PCs. As time goes on everybody on old hardware will be stuck on a old version of Windows 10  and on these PCs they blacklisted upgrades on they  took  2 years of updates away from them they only get updates to 2023 like Windows 8.1 does so it's already started .  When they come out with a new version of windows 10 they are blacklisting more pcs now .  Witch is every 6 months.

 

And nothing you use by them , belongs to you  it's just like yesterday i was reading  were someone who bought one drive uploaded a video that is against  Microsoft terms  witch showed people being killed and they got the video from a  reddit.com sub and Microsoft ban there account.  Whats to stop them from banning you from windows in the future for breaking there terms of service ? Windows is a service now just like one drive is.

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