The OS that wouldn’t die

Microsoft can’t possibly be happy with this: BGR reports that Windows 7 has over 47 percent of the PC operating-system market, while Windows 8 and 8.1 combined barely broke 10 percent.

This, however, escalates to Utterly Flabbergasting:

According to the latest report from Net Market Share, XP’s market share increased from 28.98% in December to 29.23% in January.

XP. Otherwise known as 5.1. Who knew? (Me. I still run XP at home and on my work box.)

Implausible as it may seem, there are still a few actual Vista (Windows 6) users out there. Everyone I know who bought Vista either downgraded to XP or happily jumped to 7 the moment it appeared.


  1. Dan T. »

    6 February 2014 · 7:36 am

    And, weirdly, Windows 7 actually identifies itself as “6.1” instead of “7.0” (and I think Windows 8 is “6.2”, but I don’t actually use it); Microsoft can’t even do numbering consistently.

  2. McGehee »

    6 February 2014 · 8:06 am

    People assume that numbers are a strict progression of value from less to more, but actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, they’re more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly, numbery-wumbery … stuff.

  3. mushroom »

    6 February 2014 · 8:23 am

    I’d still be running XP if my company hadn’t switched us to 7, which isn’t a bad OS. Vista is just inexplicable. I’m sure 8 is fine if you are on a tablet with a touch screen. My wife had Vista on a desktop and half the time the stupid thing wouldn’t boot, so I put Ubuntu on it, which I thought was great. She let a salesman at Best Buy talk her into buying W8. I installed that. The box does boot, and it is a pretty interface, but her monitor is just an LED, so it’s clunky. She basically uses it to run Spotify and does everything else on her W7 laptop or her Galaxy.

  4. Bill Peschel »

    6 February 2014 · 10:04 am

    My netbook I bought two years ago still runs XP. Perhaps they’re still selling them.

    You know, I never had the problems with Vista that its reputation implies. But that doesn’t mean I’m going up to 8, either.

  5. Mark Alger »

    7 February 2014 · 11:52 am

    In the words of Bill Gates, the stupidest thing I ever heard is the fact that you canNOT run the same apps on a Windows 8 phone and a WIndows 8 tablet.

    One Windows experience on every platform. Yeah. Right. It’s the end of the world as we know it.


  6. jsallison »

    8 February 2014 · 4:46 pm

    Vista suffices on my laptop, still on XP on the manse’s desktops

  7. CGHill »

    8 February 2014 · 5:43 pm

    I am commissioning a new Win7 box from a local builder. I haven’t decided what to do with the notebook yet: I’m hoping there’s a low-end flavor of Linux that will run in 512 MB of RAM, which is about all this ancient mariner will accept.

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