Windows XP: Finally on its Way Out?

Tagged: Microsoft Windows, Software
Source: Pcworld - Read the full article
Posted: 5 years 1 week ago

The biggest danger to Windows 7 and Windows Vista isn't Mac OS X or Linux --- it's Windows XP, whose windows xp the aging operating system. But it looks as if XP may finally be on the way out, which is good news for Microsoft. Windows XP's share of the OS usage market fell 1.1 percentage points during August, tying its November 2008 record drop.

At the same time, Vista and Windows 7 use was up, Vista by 0.9 percent, and Windows 7 by 0.3 percent. Windows XP is still dominant, though, with 71.8 percent use, compared to 18.8 percent for Vista, and 1.2 percent for Windows 7. Mac OS X use has stalled, with 4.9 percent share.

As I've written before, in Microsoft's biggest enemies: Windows XP and IE 6, XP's continuing dominance presents a serious problem for Microsoft. Enterprises staying with XP means they're not paying for upgrades to Vista or Windows 7. As for consumers who opt to stay with XP, the problem isn't really upgrade revenue, because consumer upgrades are a drop in the bucket. The real problem is that XP users don't buy new PCs, and so Microsoft is losing out on new sales.

I think that Windows 7 will go a long way towards solving the problem for Microsoft. It's gotten a far batter reception than Windows Vista did, so enterprises won't shy away from it. And XP PCs are starting to look long in the tooth, so consumers will most likely be ready to get new hardware -- and new versions of Windows.

 

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Anonymous

The only reason vista usage is up is because vendors aren't releasing xp with the pc's anymore. I bought a Gateway PC back in Feb of '09. Had Vista on it. Ran it for a couple weeks, wiped out my harddrive- restore partition too- and installed my retail box version of XP Pro. took a day to find all the necessary drivers for XP but it runs just fine. The reson for the change- Vista was not able to handle my graphics based programs, and I don't mean games, I'm talkin cad programs. If Windows 7 flops as bad as Vista did, XP will be around for a while longer and will still be the kingof Windows based OS.

The company I work for (Aisin- we make parts for Toyota)replaced all the pc's in the building barely 2 years ago. That's roughly 50-60 pc's that were replaced. This doesn't include the company laptops used for travel and various presentations, all the pc's have Windows Vista stickers on them, but they in fact all have XP Pro on them. Vista just didn't work well with out networking and communication needs.

In short, my proffesional and personal experience, Vista is just what the commercial between Mac and PC sasy- Vista literally is broken.