Windows XP analysts, such as myself, are hyper-focused on the percentage of market share that Windows XP holds today. Why? Because by definition, the number should be declining rapidly. You would expect such a decline with all the migration motion and message amplification occurring “out there.” But as you will see, there are mixed measurements in the real world. Hang on fast, as the measurements vary widely.
Scott Bekker, editor of Redmond Channel Partner Magazine, found that Net Applications is reporting that the rate of Windows XP eradication has slowed and stands at 31.24 percent as of November 1, 2013. Read his excellent work here.
The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, Volume 15 that I’ve been writing about for this series of articles, has a differet gathering methodology with different results. Windows XP makes up approximately 21% of the worldwide operating system market today (see the figure above), a statistic which was pulled from web analytics first StatCounter. You can see their global stat charts here. I believe the default looks at web browser market share, but you can change the parameters to look at operating systems, as well as a few other things. Also, now that we’ve rolled in to November, StatCounter has October statistics available, so the number you’ll see for October 2013 (20.06%) is slightly less than the “approximately 21%” than was the 20.59% for September 2013.
So there you have it. Another look at the Windows XP migration matter is now complete. Don’t forget to learn more about this study using these resources: