Microsoft’s efforts to move people from Windows XP are finally paying off
Microsoft has appointed a new partner to help move enterprises from Windows XP earlier today, so it seems like the company’s efforts to convince everyone to make the switch are finally paying off.Centrix Software, the software firm that’ll provide assistance to businesses trying to deploy a newer Windows version, said more companies are willing to switch to Windows 7 or Windows 8, emphasizing that Microsoft has convinced many of them of the benefits brought by an upgraded OS.
“In all our conversions with customers over 2012, we have seen an increase in the number of Windows migration projects,” Richard Pegden, director of product marketing at Centrix, told ChannelBiz.
“As we exit the year, there are large numbers of organisations beginning their migration projects, or are about to start. The vast majority of XP users know they need to do something now.”
Microsoft will officially stop providing support for the 11-year-old operating system in April 2014, so with less than 500 days to go, all users are recommended to upgrade to a newer Windows contraption.
Surprisingly, however, Windows XP remains one of the most popular operating systems on the market, even though Microsoft is struggling to prove that Windows 8 is the best of all.
According to figures provided by Net Applications for the week of December 9, Windows 7 remains the top choice on the OS market, with a share of 45.83 percent, a slight increase of only 0.01 percent over the previous week.
Windows XP remains the second most popular operating system in the world with a market share of 39.15 percent. And even though Microsoft wants to kill the 11-year-old software, XP has actually managed to increase its market share from 38.98 percent two weeks ago to 39.15 percent last week.
Windows 8 is still far away from its predecessors, as it currently holds a share of only 1.49 percent.