Microsoft to kill off world’s second most popular operating system

By: February 6, 2014
Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter

Windows XP, which Microsoft says it will stop supporting in April 2014, is currently the second most popular operating system in the world today.

New figures from StatCounter Global Stats, finds that in January 2014 Windows 7 was the global leader on 54.3% while XP took 19.2% on a worldwide basis. In Ireland XP is the third most popular OS in terms of web usage on 10.6%.

The fact that Microsoft is going to end its support for XP raises concerns. “This has serious implications for users, especially businesses, as lack of support may leave their data and systems at risk of exposure to security and virus issues,” says Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter.

So what, if anything, is the solution? If you are using XP, change immediately to a different operating system. Windows 8, for example, or perhaps you might like to try MacOSX, probably the best operating system in the world? It also comes attached to a very nice machine.

“XP customers and partners will no longer receive security updates or be able to take advantage of tech support from Microsoft [from April 8, 2014],” says Microsoft.