Microsoft to Finally End Windows XP Support Next Year as Usage Share Drops to 38%

Microsoft Windows XP Still Used by 38% of PCs, Still Has Year Left

by Anton Shilov
04/09/2013 | 08:07 PM

A year from now will mark the final milestone for Windows XP, the end of support for the operating system by Microsoft Corp. The longest-living OS from Microsoft will finally become obsolete exactly a year from now. Meanwhile, over one third of desktops and notebooks still use Windows XP operating system, according to trackers.


Starting April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide support for Windows XP users. This means that customers and partners will no longer receive security updates to the operating system or be able to leverage tech support from Microsoft after this time.

Moving away from Windows XP to a more modern platform in Windows 7 and Windows 8 will ready the companies’ IT infrastructure for future technology solutions and growth of businesses.

Windows 8 is the modern OS for modern businesses, building on Windows 7 fundamentals like speed, reliability and security, while creating a modern platform designed for a new generation of hardware options. With an ever-increasing lineup of devices, from notebooks, tablets, desktops, touch or type, there is now more choice than ever before with a device to fit the specific needs and unique scenarios of businesses of any size, Microsoft said.

The figures recently revealed by Net Applications, which track operating systems used to browse the Internet, show that Microsoft Windows XP was installed on 38.73% of devices used to browse the Internet in March, 2013.

The popularity of Microsoft Windows XP ten years after its release show how perfect and sophisticated the operating system, which was launched in 2001, was and still is. A decade long lifecycle on the market where technologies get completely outdated in three to five years and an optimal lifespan of a PC is about three to four years is simply extraordinary.

Partly, the continuously high adoption of Windows XP means that many end-users do not see benefits in modern operating systems and devices on their base compared to their PCs that can now be many years old. The trend is particularly alarming for Microsoft and computer manufacturers as they may see erosion of their revenues and profits as a consequence of stagnation of the PC market.