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Figures show Windows XP on top of OS hill

March 1, 2012 by  

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., March 1 (UPI) — Windows XP, while losing ground to Windows 7, is still the world’s most used operating system, U.S. analysts say.

Analysts at NetApplications say XP’s share of the global market dropped from 47 percent in January, while Windows 7 garnered 38 percent of all users, up from 36 percent the prior month.

Windows 7 has been winning a percentage point or two most months in the last year and has risen steadily since its debut more than two years ago, CNET.com reported.

In February 2011, XP sat at 57 percent of market share, while Windows 7 had just a 24 percent share.

Windows Vista, on the other hand, is still losing users and now sits at just 8 percent of market share, NetApplications said.

Microsoft I heavily involved in trying to convince people to move away from XP toward Windows 7, reminding consumers and companies support for XP runs out in April 2014.

At that time security patches, bug fixes or other updates will no longer be available.

Spencer Cameron

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