Microsoft continues its intense efforts to move users away from Windows XP to a newer version of its operating platform by April 8, 2014. The company lets no opportunity go by to remind users that the old OS is set for retirement early next year.

And while we do know that the 11-year-old operating system hovers at around the 33 percent market share figures, new statistics provided by StatCounter break down the numbers by country.

These new figures reveal that Windows XP continues to be number one in eight countries around the world, even as Windows 7 tops the charts overall.

In China, unsurprisingly, Windows XP is the undisputed reigning king, with a total of 54.79 percent of the user base in the country still running the ancient operating system. But this is nothing compared to Cook Island and its 72.14 percent market share.

Other markets still depending on Windows XP include names like Cuba, Morocco, Norfolk Island, North Korea and Vietnam.

But while it is understandable, for veracious reason, that the aforementioned countries are still using the soon-to-be 12-year-old operating system, other markets like Algeria, Argentina, Belarus, Bulgaria, Hungary, India, Romania, Serbia, Taiwan, and Venezuela also boast very high figures.

Very high figures in this case being in the 30 to 40 percent range — which is mind boggling when you consider that the versions of Windows that came before and after XP (Windows 98, 2000, Me and Vista) are pretty much nowhere to be found in these rankings.

Microsoft, for its part, hopes to see the Windows XP numbers fall down in the range of somewhere around 10 percent. And judging by these figures, it’s got quite a fight on its hand.

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  • Ray C

    They just need to donate 7 and 8 in some of these regions where they’re not making money off Windows anyway and maybe get some hardware partners involved.