The latest report from StatCounter, the Independent web analytics company states that venerable, eleven year old XP still accounts for almost 28% usage share worldwide.

It is a little bit of a problem for Microsoft, who need that 28% to sell Windows 8.

It’s not as if Microsoft hasn’t done everything to kill it. They have discontinued support and no longer work with OEMs to put XP on new machines.

Yet it lives on, powering more machines than the later Vista – 16.42% of PCs in the US (vs. 49.4% of Windows 7).

Worldwide, Windows 7 now holds over 52% of usage share – a great number, accounting for the 600 million licenses sold.

StatCounter writes:

“Our stats confirm the theory that business users in particular have been reluctant to move from XP,” commented Aodhan Cullen (StatCounter owner), referring to the daily OS stats which display significant peaks in XP usage during the working week (Mon-Fri) combined with corresponding dips in the usage of Windows 7.

“The new Windows 8 interface represents a radical overhaul for Microsoft, allowing it to enter the tablet market with the new Surface. The scale of change of the desktop experience, however, may heighten the initial reluctance of traditional business users to upgrade to this new OS,” he added.

It is certainly Microsoft wish for XP to go quietly into the night, so the Metro world can expand quicker.

Therefore, it is also no accident that there is an upgrade path for XP users to Windows 8 for only $39.99.

The migration cannot happen fast enough for Microsoft.

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