Windows XP usage finally falls below 50% mark

By Emil
Aug 1, 2011
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  1. I have a problem with this article because it doesn't tell what method was used to arrive at these numbers? I have a feeling that Linux has a larger market share since it is difficult to pin down the exact numbers when it doesn't require a serial number. This article seems more like an advertisement for Windows than a serious discussion about market share.
  2. Leeky

    Leeky TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    I would imagine most figures for Linux in articles like these are going by purchased server hardware complete with commerical Linux solutions that actually cost money.

    It certainly isn't a representation of the servers currently serving up websites online that run it. Neither is it a representation of non-commerical users that use Linux.

    That said, who cares? If you use Linux and you like it, you know how good it is. If you don't use it and you prefer something else, thats cool too, since we use what we feel is most suitable, and that differs from person to person.

    Common sense is a large part of it, but not running an AV is risky on an OS that can be infected.

    I'm also curious to know how you've never had a virus in years when you've not had an AV to find them in years? If you don't have an AV you aren't going to know now are you?
  3. example1013

    example1013 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 280

    Maybe an upgrade would be more appealing if it didn't require a hard drive reformat and Windows 7 full license didn't cost so damn much. I still haven't activated my copy, and I don't plan to.
  4. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,882   +77

    I am curious example, How long have you been using XP for?
  5. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd Newcomer, in training Posts: 555

    There always one guy pushing linux :) Personal use maybe but for corporate use, nope!
  6. Win 7 has got to be the best OS i have ever used. i recommend it to everyone
  7. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 807   +91

    I lol'd
  8. What do you mean, "UPGRADE now, you will have to sooner or later"-
    It is like saying, DIE now, you will have to sooner or later.
    As for me, I rather die later instead of now, same as upgrading
    heck by then win 8 will be out maybe even win 9 or 12 so what's the rush
  9. lopdog

    lopdog TechSpot Maniac Posts: 378

    I guess this percentage is a lot higher in developing countries, like south america. Here in Bolivia I'd say 90 % are still using Windows XP (without having exact numbers, of course). There are internet cafes on every corner, and they all run Windows XP (and usually a very virus-infected version... ). The only exceptions are new laptops that comes with Vista or Win 7 pre-installed.
  10. Linux on the desktop PC?

    (walks away laughing out loud)
  11. g4mer

    g4mer TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 340

    Nobody cares about Linux market, and this topic is about Windows 7 vs XP, not Windows vs Linux because it's obvious who will win.
     
  12. And if Linux is 1%, what are the "Others" that account for almost 6%?
  13. Oh my god! You obviously work for Microsoft! This is such a ridiculous attempt at advertising. There's a reason why Microsoft is such a horrible company, and this is it.
  14. Actually we are talking about the operating system, and not the company... I have installed Windows 7 since last June (replacing my older XP which I used for the past 4 years). It actually performs better.

    Fighting the good fight meant using Mac OS or Linux? How did you arrive at that conclusion?

    A Mac OS X is good, but it is only restricted to one type of hardware, the Macintosh. Which is why the Market share is low, there are lot of Personal Computers out there that can use the other Operating Systems.

    As for Linux, it's good as a server or for doing specialized computations, but not really for home use. I think most of the desktop linux users are developers or programmers, who spend most of the time compiling the Kernel or tinkering for optimization. You cant ask my mom to run a sudo command from the terminal you know, or ask my 14 year old niece to install a program from the command line.

    I think for the home users, Windows XP will continue to persist, unless newer programs will start not to support it.
  15. just use the damn 64 bit version of windows xp , runs great here , can see up 128 gigs of ram ;)
  16. "it fell 0.63 percentage points (from 88.29 percent to 88.76 percent)."

    That's an increase on 0.47% unless you meant a decrease to 87.76% as opposed to 88.76% which would be a 0.53% drop...
  17. Joe Blow

    Joe Blow Newcomer, in training

    Interesting how the NSA wants people to upgrade. This must be because their surveillance of the population is dependent on the backdoors built into Window Vista and higher. Hence more of the drive to get people away from a perhaps more "secure" XP. Again, secure because they have more difficulty hacking your system.

    You have to ask yourself why such the drive to shift the population. There's no real need for people to have the latest and greatest or 'be like the Jones.' Who benefits? Obviously not the consumer.
  18. Riker

    Riker Newcomer, in training

    I, too, would like insite to the statistics. I personally own 2 AT towers and 2 laptops; only 1 runs Windows 7, the other 3 run Windows XP. My local area hospital (and the nearest 2 cities) use Windows Servers with Windows XP workstations and laptops. They are 'paperless' with all patient notes being entered via laptop or portable tablets. The county and state legal services and law enforcement, also use Windows XP. So, who's using Windows 7 or even Windows 8?
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,516   +856

    That's why we have, (and need), computers! To do the FLOP-erations for us...:confused:


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