Windows XP has been serving the computer users around the world for almost 13 years now. Microsoft’s announcement about ending the support for Windows XP seems to have a very low effect on its users. This is inferred from the latest statistics, which indicated a petty rise of share from 29.3 percent to 29.5 percent. Microsoft officially announced on 8th April 2014 to restrict support for XP initiating from March 8.
These statistics were affirmed in the Desktop Top Operating System Share Trend this month. Considering the overall statistics, it appears that XP has cut the share of Windows 7 and Windows 8, as both the versions have experienced a fall in the past three months, while the share of XP rose since the start of this year.
Businesses still holding on to XP would be highly concerned with this scenario, as the transition process for both small and large enterprises is not an easy task. In fact, it is quite challenging for the companies lacking a dedicated IT staff, as performing the upgrade on thousands of systems could lead to downtime for customers, which may never be acceptable for a running business. As the countdown continues, Microsoft urges its XP users to upgrade to the latest version ASAP. The users in this concern are now frequently be notified with pop-ups regarding the ending support and are requested to upgrade.
Microsoft has made an exception for the Chinese market, as Windows XP will continue receiving security support in China. On the other hand, a share growth of XP indicates that loyal users are not much prepared to let it go. Keeping this in view, I expect a time extension or postponement of the end support date.