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So while the adoption percentage is going up, the rate of adoption is on a downward trend probably plateauing now or in a few months
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Starting with a 1.09 percent share in November, the OS carved out a 1.72 percent share in December. It then grabbed a 2.26 percent share in January, pushing it past Mac OS X 10.8 to take the fourth spot among all operating systems.

+1.09% November
+0.63% December
+0.54% January
+0.41% February
+0.50% March

Now that the early adoption price promo is over, rate of adoption can only go up if computer sales start picking up real soon.
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Most of my clients still have a majority of XP systems, and none of them will be upgraded to 8 in preparation for XP going out of support on April 8 of next year.

8 is a complete nonstarter in the business environment. For people whose sole use of their computer is to access Steam or Origin (cough, cough cough) Windows 8 is an easy transition. Microsoft is not Apple; they cannot afford to ignore/piss off their enterprise customers. Everything is ok for now only because they still let OEMs sell Windows 7. When that goes away, the fan will be spraying excrement.
    
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Still the best OS period.
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Most of my clients still have a majority of XP systems, and none of them will be upgraded to 8 in preparation for XP going out of support on April 8 of next year.

8 is a complete nonstarter in the business environment. For people whose sole use of their computer is to access Steam or Origin (cough, cough cough) Windows 8 is an easy transition. Microsoft is not Apple; they cannot afford to ignore/piss off their enterprise customers. Everything is ok for now only because they still let OEMs sell Windows 7. When that goes away, the fan will be spraying excrement.

True, they could have made a an enterprise version with no Metro since a lot of people are that computer illitrate. I really don't get the hard part of using Win 8. There are shortcut Keys, and the start button your keyboard. THe new Metro Start is way better than the old one. The only thing i find kinda annoying is the Metro APPS on desktop. I hate that they are not windowed somehow but take up all your monitor real-estate or half of it
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Originally Posted by paulerxx View Post

38% Windows XP...Wow that's how you know the average computer user is unintelligent. Why would you still be using XP......
Windows 7 is XP but modern, Windows 8 is Windows 7 tweaked for better performance and touch screen displays, even OSX should have more then XP at this point.
I can't believe XP's percentage is that high@! What the eff.
On a side note: The only people who I've seen bash Windows 8, are the people who haven't taken 10 minutes to learn how to use it.

You hardly gave any reasons why current xp owners would want to upgrade. Windows 7 being "xp but modern" is not a reason for people doing basic tasks on their computer to upgrade.

Average users aren't waiting every year to throw more money at new hardware and software so they can stay on the cutting edge of technology. They buy a piece of equipment to perform a function, and as long as it keeps performing that function adequately they're going to keep using it. If their system becomes too outdated for whatever reason or something new is enticing enough to warrant the purchase, they'll upgrade, but for the basic tasks a lot of people use their computers for it's not difficult to see why xp is still running just fine for a large number of people.
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I can certainly tell this is a PC enthusiast site with the comments about XP users. I have exactly one family member that's using Win 7 because she bought a laptop a year ago. Everyone else is still using XP because their PCs range in age from 2004-2009. They're all do exactly what they need them to do since none of them are gamers. As long as they haven't failed why would they need a new PC? An Athlon64 single core with a 7600 GS AGP (such as my mother's) can still browse, run word processing programs, print, etc... Of course its slow in some tasks, but she has nothing to compare it to. My older sister has an Athlon64 X2 5200+ with an HD 4670. The most demanding thing she plays is Farmville and Minecraft - why would she need a better PC? Until they have a need to move on there's zero reason for them to be using anything but XP UNLESS they're forced into it by MS cutting off security update support and hanging them out to dry.

My sisters and their kids are using they're desktop PCs less and less anyway - typical smart phone users and the whole Win 8 debate doesn't matter to them. Because of people like them its not surprising its adoption amounts to a few percent and XP is still hanging in there.
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True, they could have made a an enterprise version with no Metro since a lot of people are that computer illitrate. I really don't get the hard part of using Win 8. There are shortcut Keys, and the start button your keyboard. THe new Metro Start is way better than the old one. The only thing i find kinda annoying is the Metro APPS on desktop. I hate that they are not windowed somehow but take up all your monitor real-estate or half of it

About the only one here that is likely to be illiterate is you with that attitude.

Glad you like it, where do you come off telling people they are illiterate because they don't? Twelve year old aguements, how awesome.

I have been using it since it came out but only because I can use a third party option to turn off that silly metro screen, would not go near it if I had to endure that sillyness. wink.gif
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About the only one here that is likely to be illiterate is you with that attitude.

Glad you like it, where do you come off telling people they are illiterate because they don't? Twelve year old aguements, how awesome.

I have been using it since it came out but only because I can use a third party option to turn off that silly metro screen, would not go near it if I had to endure that sillyness. wink.gif

The irony is that you actually failed to read and understand his post properly..........hopefully not because of literacy skills lol.
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Windows 7 is obviously a superior OS to XP

No, it's not; not for many every day tasks, and certainly not on older (though still perfectly usable) hardware.
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Apparently those 38.73% don't realize that XP will become a gaping security hole next year as Microsoft is finally dropping support for it.

MS stops patching it, but that doesn't mean the holes aren't already there. Also, as market share shrinks, there becomes less incentive to exploit these flaws. In most practical ways, Windows XP isn't going to be any less secure.

I've got systems running Windows 2000 that will continue to run Windows 2000 and they will likely remain some of my more solid setups. It's not like I'm using outdated versions of IE, or other first party MS components where avoidable. Plus having a 500MB OS with a 100MB memory footprint and 11 processes running makes it very easy to detect things that should not be there.
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38% still use XP, wow. It's so outdated by now.

Outdated does not imply obsolete.

If it does the job, there is no reason to change, and Windows XP does the job better than most newer Windows OSes can for older hardware. And before anyone criticizes older hardware, you don't really need more than a ~1GHz Pentium III for most light/general use, unless you are running a more bloated modern OS.
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Wait to next year when XP starts to lose support by Microsoft and other developers.

I really find the whole presumption that a lack of support means anything to most people quite silly. Most consumers will never notice this lack of support, and as has been noted, enterprise support won't lapse.

These older OSes will continue to function as they always have, and will continue to run the software they always have, with or without Microsoft's blessing or support.
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38% Windows XP...Wow that's how you know the average computer user is unintelligent.

More than 38% of my systems still use XP or older OSes.
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Why would you still be using XP......

What newer OS do you propose I use on a pair of Panasonic Toughbooks from the late 1990s, my EeePC 900 (with it's 4GB SSD), my K6-2 setup, or any of my half-dozen other systems that are 10+ years old and often don't have hard drives large enough to even install anything newer?

All these systems work fine. All these systems do the tasks I use them for just fine. What possible reason would I have to install a newer OS?
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You still have windows XP computers because there is absolutely no reason to upgrade.

Windows XP is the era of computer that so far you haven't really needed to upgrade from for "basic tasks". It can print, send and receive normal files over the network, do e-mail, and Microsoft office. This is what most computers are used for- and there's no reason to upgrade the XP machine if that's what it does.
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You hardly gave any reasons why current xp owners would want to upgrade. Windows 7 being "xp but modern" is not a reason for people doing basic tasks on their computer to upgrade.

Average users aren't waiting every year to throw more money at new hardware and software so they can stay on the cutting edge of technology. They buy a piece of equipment to perform a function, and as long as it keeps performing that function adequately they're going to keep using it. If their system becomes too outdated for whatever reason or something new is enticing enough to warrant the purchase, they'll upgrade, but for the basic tasks a lot of people use their computers for it's not difficult to see why xp is still running just fine for a large number of people.

Exactly.
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The market share of Windows XP makes me cringe. On topic, I absolutely detested Windows 8 at first. Now after using it for a while, I like it,
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