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Windows XP is the Third Most Popular Operating System Being Used Today

Posted on April 7, 2016 at 6:58 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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I knew people hated Windows 10, but this is ridiculous. It seems that there are people who would prefer to use a 15-year-old operating system instead of the most recent OS. In fact, so many people are still running Windows XP right now that it is currently the third-most popular OS in use.

Microsoft actually stopped supporting Windows XP two years ago, which means the platform no longer sees updates of any kind — not even critical security patches. Meaning that if you are running it, you are pretty open to an attack. Might want to think twice about that online purchase. What’s more, even third-party developers like Google have stopped supporting it.

Despite all this, Windows XP’s 10.9 percent share of the market means it has a larger install base than Apple’s latest OS X El Capitan software (4.05 percent), and Windows 8.1 (9.56 percent). Windows current OS, Windows 10 beats it with 14.15 percent.

That’s according to the latest figures from Netmarketshare, which show that Windows 7 still reigns king, with a whopping 51.89 percent share of the user base. The important thing to remember here, however, is that not everyone is clinging onto Windows XP because they want to. Believe it or not, the platform is still in use by corporations around the world that don’t have the resources to upgrade to a more recent release. It’s also used in emerging markets where recycled PCs are big business.

Nevertheless, it’s still somewhat surprising that XP is able to cling onto a rather large share of the user base so long after making its initial debut. I guess retro is just in. From classic films being re-imagined, to the never ending stream of HD remakes of classic games and even the emergence of retro themed online bingo, it’s hip to be old… better dust off my Walkman.

Do you know anyone still using Windows XP? Maybe you should start a “Go Fund Me” for them, according to my Facebook feed, that’s what you do when you don’t want to pay for something.

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