You can almost feel Microsoft breathing a slight sigh of relief.

One of the most popular operating systems (purists may go as far as to say the most popular period) of all time is finally showing signs of decline as the technology kingdom starts upgrading to new versions of Windows — namely Windows 7 and 8.

In fact, it wouldn’t be unfair to say that Windows XP is Microsoft’s biggest headache right now.

The decade old OS isn’t letting go as Microsoft tries to court users to make the move to Windows 8. With its newest operating already on the market, the company’s major challenge now is to convince home in general and business users in particular to upgrade.

The Redmond giant has already taken the challenge head on as it rolled out its campaign asking users to upgrade, citing security concerns that affect Windows XP installations:

“To summarize, we recommend Windows XP customers focus on an accelerated departure from Windows XP, with the goal to move to an environment with Windows 8 deployed side-by-side with Windows 7”.

And the efforts seem to be paying off.

Latest figures released by Net Applications confirm that Microsoft XP finally dropped to less than a 40 percent market share — 39.82% as a matter of fact.

Windows 7 still held the top spot worldwide in November with a share of 44.71%.

The latest OS is slowly but steadily making its ascent to the top with figures of 1.09%, a figure that is very much confirmed to rise in the coming months and years, as the tech giant already confirmed that it will stop providing support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014.

To prevent another Windows Vista fiasco, Microsoft ran a very special upgrade promotion for its latest operating system on launch — a move which came out good.

Official figures come in at 40 million licenses moved for Window 8, but while a lot of these users snapped up the licenses at these species prices, but apparently are yet to upgrade.

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  • WillyThePooh

    XP machine’s graphic card may be too old to upgrade to win8. At least that’s what I found from mine. If you could change the graphic card, then you may have a chance to upgrade as win8 doesn’t need a lot of CPU power.