It’s hard to be Microsoft. At one end the company is trying to pitch its modern operating systems like Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 to users, while at the same time it is trying to move them away from an ancient one in Windows XP.
This remains a serious challenge for Redmond as only seven months remain before XP goes dark.
But there is a clear and distinct light at the end of the tunnel — Redmond has just confirmed that Windows XP users are finally moving to Windows 8, and this has, in fact, led to a slight change in plans.
Even though the technology giant planned to cut down Windows XP market share to 10 percent by April 8, 2014, it has now set a new target of 13 percent by this date. But the good news is that according to the company’s internal estimates, XP now has a market share of 21 percent.
Kevin Turner, Microsoft’s chief operating officer touched upon this in his keynote during the company’s financial analyst meeting in Redmond, saying:
“We have a giant XP install base. But guess what? We’ve made so much progress on that XP install base. It’s down to 21 percent worldwide, and we have plans to get that number to 13 percent by April when the end-of-life of XP happens. This has been a major and multi-year initiative for us, and one that we’ve worked very hard on to make sure we can execute towards.”
While these new figures are a bit different from what Net Applications and Stat Counter have recently revealed, they are still a sure enough sign that consumers are now showing interest in moving towards newer platforms like Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Microsoft, for obvious reasons, wants to move the Windows XP user base to Windows 8.1, and the company has made no secret of its desire to see this happen.