The decline in Windows XP use has been slowing, according to data from Net Applications.
The research firm said in its Top Operating System Share Trend report that XP still makes up over 60 per cent of the operating system market, down from around 80 per cent two years ago. However, its rate of decline has slowed to less one per cent over the past quarter.
Windows 7 users have overtaken Vista users to account for nearly 15 per cent of the market. Microsoft recently announced the end of support for XP SP2, and the operating system will no longer be updated from 2014.
"XP had a very enthusiastic uptake, largely because of the unpopularity of Windows 98 coupled with the extended age of Windows NT," said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.
"The two biggest factors are how long Microsoft extends support and pricing. I would expect to see some really aggressive pricing towards the end of this year on new systems."
King explained that companies are being very cautious about IT investments that do not show an identifiable cost saving, which means that desktop upgrades are behind server virtualisation and storage management on the priory list.
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