Originally Posted by tpi2007
Comparing themselves against Apple is the most ridiculous metric any site or Microsoft should go for, if this isn't a sign of desperation I don't know what is. Apple has always had a minority stake in the desktop market, they should be comparing themselves against their own products.
Meanwhile in the land of other readings
According to Net Market Share's data Windows XP still holds on to 31.22% worldwide market share in September of 2013, versus 46.64% for Windows 7 and 8.02% for Windows 8.31.22% should be worrying for Microsoft. April 8, 2014 (the end of the extended support period) is not that far away and is a massive undertaking to replace all those OS'es (in many cases the computer) in such a short time frame. At this point nobody really knows what is going to happen.
Unless Windows 8.1 accomplishes a miracle in market adoption by April next year, you'll soon either see a huge mess in part due to Microsoft's failure to convince people to move from XP, or a huge increase in market share for Windows 7.
Well first off its not really Microsoft's problem. They have repeatedly stated that the support for XP is ending and they even gave it a 2 year extension. People/company's that have not upgraded have no one but them selves to blame.
Second its not like XP stops working April 8, 2014 they just stop rolling out updates for it meaning that it will become a security liability. I'm guessing despite the ended support a good chunk of people/companies will continue to use XP only waking up to the risk once they have been hacked.