Depending on who is doing the talking, Windows XP currently commands a market share in the range of either 33 percent or 21 percent worldwide. The former are the latest figures from Net Applications, and the latter, straight from Microsoft.
But no matter what the percentage is, this much is certain that the Windows XP user base is now actively trying to migrate to a newer version of the world’s most popular operating system.
And while Microsoft is hoping that most of them choose between its latest platforms — either Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, it seems very likely that this may not exactly happen.
According to Annette Jump, the research director at Gartner, most windows XP users (including companies and businesses that are in need of upgrading) are planning to move to Windows 7.
In an interview with The Guardian, the analyst said:
“We’ve seen a large migration from XP to Windows 7 in the last 18 months, and will likely see an acceleration of that trend as support for XP ceases at the end of 2014. Companies are not looking at Windows 8 or 8.1 unless they are using touch-enabled laptops or tablets, which likely came with Windows 8 pre-installed.”
Nevertheless, there are two good things coming out of this — first is that users are, in fact, migrating, and secondly, they are not choosing Windows Vista.
There is a chance that Microsoft will not mind this too much. Windows 7 is a very solid operating system, one of the finest available on the market right now. And this still leaves an opportunity open for these businesses to upgrade to Windows 8 (or Windows 9) later down the road.