The Age of XP has come and gone, as Microsoft just rolled out the final updates for the fan favorite operating system yesterday. As of today, this is an unsupported platform.
And it joins the ranks of Windows 95, 98, 2000 and Windows Me.
Now even though the software titan pulled the plug on Windows XP, the operating system that launched all the way back in 2001 is still powering a lot of computers worldwide. A lot, as in around 28 percent by some estimates.
And as this chart shows, some 300 million computers across the globe are rocking this OS.
That means Windows XP is powering nearly 3 in 10 computers, despite the fact that the ancient operating system has now reached end of support.
Since the data is from Net Applications, it is essentially connected computers.
No idea how many PCs that do not have Internet access are running Windows XP — but then again they do not pose as much of a threat as the one that are online. Besides, this data is collected from around 160 million unique visitors on 40,000 participating websites every month, so these are big numbers.
Now, switching to Windows 8.1, however, is something that involves a substantial investment for most people and businesses. Investment that not everyone is ready to make at this time.
Not only do they need to purchase licenses for the new operating system now, but the upgrade process usually entails necessary hardware upgrades.