Windows XP is still in use on 23 percent of Microsoft desktop devices, 12 years after its release back in 2001, according to stats gathered from V3 research.
Today marks one year until Microsoft finally ends support for the ageing yet massively popular XP operating system (OS), so we decided to do some digging into which operating systems our audience are using to visit V3.
Of readers visiting the site from a Windows desktop, the majority - 60 percent - are now on Windows 7, but XP is still the second most popular Microsoft OS, with almost a quarter of users.
However, XP’s popularity has dropped off significantly in the past year. During the first quarter of 2012, a third of V3 visitors were using XP, compared to 57 percent on Windows 7 and nine percent on Vista.
Windows 8, which was only released in late 2012, has seen an impressive take-up already, with 11 percent of readers using the latest OS. Vista only has a five percent share.
V3 readers seem to be at more advanced firms than those surveyed by app migration specialist Camwood, which found that two in five UK businesses are still using the ageing XP system.
The audience stats also reveal interesting insight into the overall decline of the desktop and Windows, in favour of mobile browsing.
Windows still has the biggest share of the V3 audience, at 68 percent, but this is down from 85 percent in the first quarter of 2012.
Visitors reaching the site via an iPhone or iPad have jumped from three percent to nine percent, while Linux has also gained a percentage point, rising from a still small base of two percent to three percent.
Android is also gaining ground, with 10 percent of the available share, while Mac desktops are remaining steady with around eight percent of our visits coming from the Apple desktop OS.
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