First launched all the way in which again in 2001, Microsoft’s long-defunct Windows XP working system continues to be alive and kicking amongst some pockets of customers, based on knowledge from NetMarketShare.
As of final month, 1.26% of all laptops and desktop computer systems worldwide have been nonetheless working on the 19-year-old OS. That’s a better proportion than a lot youthful working techniques Home windows 8 (0.57%), ChromeOS (0.42%) and Home windows Vista (0.12%).
Home windows XP formally reached finish of life on April 14 2014, that means Microsoft has not supplied essential technical and security updates for the OS for greater than six years.
Estimates recommend there are actually greater than two billion computer systems in circulation worldwide which, if correct, would imply that 25.2 million PCs proceed to run on the extremely insecure Home windows XP.
Home windows 10 market share
Windows 10, in the meantime, is now in use throughout greater than 60% of all computer systems worldwide – up from simply over 50% twelve months in the past.
The figures spotlight Microsoft’s enduring market dominance, regardless of the excessive profile of Apple Mac computer systems. The closest non-Microsoft rival by market share is Mac OS X 10.15 with 3.49%, adopted by Mac OS X 10.14 (2.96%) and 10.13 (1.44%).
The creeping rise of Home windows 10 mirrors an equal decline within the share of machines working Home windows 7, which fell from 31.53% to 22.31% over the course of the final yr.
With Home windows 7 having reached finish of life in January, it’s essential that customers improve to Microsoft’s latest OS in an effort to defend in opposition to unpatched vulnerabilities.
Protected within the information that Microsoft will now not ship safety patches for outdated working techniques, cybercriminals can dedicate sources to growing malware designed particularly to take advantage of older flaws.
Given the numerous pool of computer systems that also run on unsupported working techniques, the potential scope of assaults stays important.
The recommendation for customers hoping to stay as safe as potential is to replace to the most recent Home windows, Mac or Linux OS and to guard their gadgets with a contemporary antivirus resolution.