Microsoft Hopes To See Windows XP Market Share Drop To Less Than 10%

It is remarkable to think that with Windows 7 and Windows 8 out in the wild, and Windows 8.1 set for arrival, the ancient old Windows XP still stirs up a debate every now and then.

The reason being the ridiculously high market share of the old operating system — Windows XP is the second most popular operating system in the world with a market share of 37 percent, almost touching Windows 7 statistics and leagues ahead of Windows 8.

Microsoft, for its part, has been urging everyone to upgrade from the old OS to a newer platform, either Windows 7 or Windows 8. Even at the Worldwide Partner Conference 2013, the software titan pressed the attendees present to support the transition from Windows XP to a newer version of Windows.

Redmond reiterated its warning that sticking to the old OS presents immense risks to users.

And now according to a report published by ZDNet, the software giant wants Windows XP to drop to a 10 percent market share before its April 8, 2014 retirement date. This, the technology titan believes, would be somewhat enough to make sure that most of its users are on the safe side.

Sharing some statistics, the general manager of Windows Commercial, Erwin Visser, explained that Microsoft (and its partners) would have to migrate around 586,000 Windows XP PCs every day over the next 273 days in order to reach this goal — a mindboggling number, if ever there was any.