That is, in total. Windows XP was officially retired earlier this year, and even though users and companies are steadily moving away from this old OS, it still powers a substantial amount of PCs.

A new research actually pegs this figure at 8.4% on the desktop front.

Security firm Syscon has compiled these newest statistics that shows that Windows XP is installed on a somewhat manageable 8.4% of desktop computers the world over, while Windows 7 leads the charts with a solid 55.1%.

Windows 8 still has a lot of ground to cover, with its figures of 15.8%.

Now, while these figures for Windows XP are better than what we have been hearing from other market researchers, the Windows 7 store is equally interesting. It will take a big effort from Microsoft to move these users to a newer operating platform.

A 55.1% share is substantial in any industry, and unless Redmond plays its cards just right, we could have something similar to the Windows XP situation on our hands come Windows 7 retirement.

Luckily, with the way Windows 9 development is shaping up, the company just might have a chance!

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  • Mike Greenway

    what is “andere” form the chart above?

    • Onuora Amobi

      Thats a great question. I’ll ask Fahad…

      • WillyThePooh

        Maybe “Android” in German.

  • shinsenai

    It means “others” in German. The company providing the stats above is Cyscon (and not Syscon as spelled in the article) and it’s a German firm.