Windows XP Usage Finally Starts Dropping, Again

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After months of usage increase, XP takes a downward turn, with Windows 7 taking 2 percent rise

It’s April 1, but this is no April Fools. According to Netmarketshare, Windows 7 usage on desktops actually increased by more than two percent in March.

The operating system’s market share jumped from 55.9 percent to 58 percent, but as the universe is constant, we know this increase has to have come from somewhere, and it seems in this case to have been pinched from Windows XP.


Despite a bizarre increase in use from January to February, Windows XP is now on just 16.9 percent of all PCS – down from 19.2 percent the previous month.

Desktop OS market share, Netmarketshare

Windows 8.1 use, unfortunately for Microsoft, registered a marginal increase from 10.49 percent to 10.55 percent.indows 8 dropped, from 3.55 percent to 3.52 percent.

News of Apple’s new Macbooks seemed to have helped Yosemite somewhat, with Mac OS X 10.10 rising from 3.6 percent to just under 4 percent.

With the looming release of Windows 10, Redmond must finally beginning to de-stress about the still-high share of desktops running a 14-year-old Windows operating system, but the last few months have been perplexing to say the least. From November 2014 to February this year, Windows XP usage rose from 13.6 percent to a peak 19.2 percent in March. Was it all that press coverage from the OS’ end-of-life last year?

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