Call Windows XP and tell it that it’s been dumped! In the Land Down Under, that is. Australian users seem to be driving the charge as far as the old operating system is concerned. And how.

While the overall worldwide average market share of the classic OS is still in the mid to high 20s, only 6.83 percent of Aussie computers users are still running the operating system. This is how you get ready for a product retirement, I say, I say.

A local Microsoft executive revealed that the absolute majority of users in the country have already migrated to a newer operating system, with the remaining set to follow suit in the coming weeks.

In an interview, Emmanuele Silanesu, the product marketing manager of Microsoft Australia, said:

“Here in Australia we’re a fairly technologically advanced country; we’re early adopters of new technology, so we we’re not in that kind of position.”

These sentiments are certainly backed by the latest number from third-party market research firm StatCounter that reveal that Windows XP is losing ground to newer platforms in the country, including the company’s latest effort Windows 8.

Windows 7 takes the cake and eats it too with 43.92 percent of the Australian market cornered, while the next member of the family, Windows 8, comes in at 7.01 percent. Windows 8.1, has also gathered a share of 5.29 percent since launch in late October 2013.

Interestingly, Android is nowhere to be seen in this desktop, tablet and console OS roundup.

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  1. HUGE advantage for Windows 7! I didn’t expect that disparity at all. Dominance over Apple, and XP is pretty much obsolete. I’d expect other countries to follow suit.

  2. Is this more of a market share or less than the US? I know XP is higher in the US, but is Apple that high in the US? It seems pretty high.

  3. It seems like Win 8.1 is going to pass XP in no time. One’s going up and the other down. I’m also surprised windows vista still has that many owners still. LOL

    • I chuckled at that as well, Jason. I used to own a vista laptop, and I honestly forgot it even existed, which Microsoft would probably prefer. Haha. I was thinking it went straight from XP to windows 7.

  4. Every day it gets more and more obvious that people in other countries are much more savvy that U.S consumers. They’re smarter and more objective about their technology.

  5. I also wonder why they include iOS but not Android.

    • Probably because the number of Android tablet users might be very small in Australia, that’s the only reason I can think of.

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