Millions of Windows PC owners are still open to attack from cyber criminals. Despite launching in 2001, Microsoft’s long-retired Windows XP is still used by millions of people worldwide, according to new data from NetMarketShare.
Although Microsoft is no longer supported by Microsoft, a staggering 1.26 percent of all laptops and desktops worldwide still rely on Windows XP. For a 19 year old operating system, that’s pretty impressive. And it’s a little worrying too. After all, Windows XP officially came to an end on April 14, 2014. This means that Microsoft has not introduced regular security updates, new functions, bug patches or the like for more than six years.
If NetMarketShare’s latest market share statistics are correct, it means there are around 25.2 million PCs left running that are running Windows XP. This is because, according to most estimates, there are currently around two billion Windows PCs in circulation.
Interestingly, Windows XP managed to hold on much better than some of its younger siblings. For example, Windows 8 and Windows Vista only account for 0.57 percent and 0.12 percent, respectively, of that total of two billion. This is likely because both are ridiculed far from Microsoft’s prime – while Windows XP is hugely popular for its simple design (and lack of touchscreen-focused gimmicks à la Windows 8).
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If you’re running a computer that comes pre-installed with Windows XP, it will likely be difficult making the jump to the only Microsoft operating system still actively supported by the Redmond-based company – Windows 10. At this point, you only have the ability to update your laptop or desktop PC.
If you’re not connected to the Internet and you’re just using your Windows XP computer as a simple word processor, you might not need to do so. But anything that leaves you open to attack is really worth the money to get a new PC at this point.
Windows 10 reversed a number of radical changes that made Windows 8 such a stinker. Gone was the full-screen, touchscreen-centric Start menu, replaced with a more traditional menu in the lower left corner found on Windows XP and Windows 7. Windows 10 plays well with touchscreens, but it’s not the entire basis of user interface design.
Windows 10 currently powers more than 60 percent of all computers worldwide. That is a healthy Increase of just over 50 percent 12 months ago.
With the steady rise in Windows 10 PCs, Windows 7 has seen a decline in market share. During the same period, Windows 7 fell from 31.53 percent to 22.31 percent of the global market share. Windows 7 had already reached the end of its life in January. This has clearly led a number of users to abandon the software faster than usual in favor of Windows 10. This means that Windows 7 is no longer regularly informed about stability updates.