Microsoft was seemingly confident of reducing Windows XP’s market share to just 10 percent by the time it hits EOL next year, but it seems that individual users and organizations are still reluctant to migrate to Windows 7 or Windows 8 forcing Microsoft to change its plans.

Microsoft’s chief operating officer, Kevin Turner, said on the company’s financial analyst day in Redmond that around 21 percent of the computers worldwide still use Windows XP and that is the reason the company is reworking its planned market share numbers for Windows XP to 13 percent up from 10 percent as decided earlier.

The numbers stated by Turner don’t match the numbers being shown on Netmarketshare. According to the market share statistics website Windows XP still holds a market share of 33.66 percent as of August 2013. A decline of 12 percent in just 19 days is highly unlikely and Microsoft’s claims of users moving to newer platforms like Windows 7 and Windows 8, looking at the Netmarketsare figures, do sound a bit outlandish. As of July Windows XP’s marketshare stood at 37.19 percent.

Turner said “We have a giant XP install base. But guess what? We’ve made so much progress on that XP install base. It’s down to 21 percent worldwide, and we have plans to get that number to 13 percent by April when the end-of-life of XP happens. This has been a major and multi-year initiative for us and one that we’ve worked very hard on to make sure we can execute towards”.

With Windows XP users moving to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems, Microsoft is all set to continue investing big in its new and modern platforms. Though Windows 8 current response is not quite impressive, the company expects that its new Windows 8.1 which is set to get launch next month will surely make some improvements in the market.

  • Luke Jones

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