Brace for another shocker! Windows XP is about to be discontinued in just over a month from now, and it seems that the April 8 end of support date is sending the technology world into a bit of a turmoil.

Instead of running away from the old operating system, more and more people are giving it a shot.

The February 2014 research data from Net Applications reveals that Windows XP usage has increased from last month. The ancient platform now powers around 29.53 percent of desktop computers the world over — up from the 29.30 percent it marked in January 2014.

With each passing month it is becoming clear that users are not yet ready to give up on Windows XP and switch to a newer, more modern version of the operating system.

Taking into account the numbers from exactly one year back, it appears that Microsoft has managed to upgrade approximately 10 percent of desktop PCs in the past twelve months.

Back in February 2013, Windows XP was powering some 39 percent of such computers.

Microsoft was very optimistic last year when it expressed the hope of cutting down the market share of Windows XP to only 13 percent by the time of retirement. With April 2014 almost here, it seems that the software titan will have to settle for less than this mark.

Then again, it could also be the fact that many users are still waiting to see what kind of improvements do Windows 8.1 Update 1 and Windows 9 bring around before taking the plunge.

Thoughts, people, on this somewhat disturbing development?

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