Windows XP lost more users to Windows 7 last month, but the decade-old platform continues to hold on as the most popular operating system

Looking at OS stats for February, NetApplications found that XP’s percentage of the marketplace dipped to forty five percent from 47 p.c in January. on the related time, windows 7 grabbed 38 p.c of all customers, up from 36 p.c the earlier month.

The latest numbers show a trend in which XP has gradually lost share over time, while Windows 7 has picked up more customers. In February 2011, XP owned more than half of the market at 57 percent, while Windows 7 had just a 24 percent share. And though XP climbed slightly in January, it now seems on the decline once again.

Over the previous 12 months windows 7 has been winning an extra proportion element or most months and has risen regularly each month because its debut greater than two 12 monthss in the past. The punching bag of running methods–home windows Vista–has saved shedding extra of its audience, now resting with simply eight % of the marketplace.

Microsoft continues to convince people to move away from XP toward Windows 7.

The company has reminded consumers and especially companies that support for XP runs out in April 2014, at which time security patches, bug fixes, or other updates will no longer be available.

And despite its considerable attempt in growing home windows 8, Microsoft has instructed businesses still on XP not to wait for the new OS and instead migrate to home windows 7 now. The device massive unveiled its new home windows 8 beta, or consumer Preview, the day before today on the cellular international Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

The windows 8 Developer Preview, which introduced in September, accounted for simply 0.three p.c of the market in February, according to NetApplications. It’ll be fascinating to see how a lot of a percentage the shopper Preview is able to carve off for March when the research firm releases its next document.