Net Applications, a web analytics company, has published statistics on the prevalence of different operating systems in the world. As it turned out, introduced in 2001, Windows XP is still “alive” and used on millions of computers.
As of August 2020, the 19-year-old operating system has been installed on 1.26% of all laptops and desktops in the world. This is much more than the more “modern” Windows 8 (0.57%), ChromeOS (0.42%) and Windows Vista (0.12%).
The official “end of life” of Windows XP came on April 14, 2014. This means that Microsoft has not released important technical updates and security updates for the OS for over six years.
If we consider that there are now more than two billion computers in the world, we can safely assume that approximately 25.2 million PCs continue to run on unsecure Windows XP.
Meanwhile, Windows 10 is installed on 60 percent of the computers, a marked increase from just over 50 percent 21 months ago. The share of Windows 7 has dropped from 31.53% to 22.31% over the year.
The closest competitor of Microsoft in the field of operating systems is Apple, but the performance of its operating system is significantly behind the leader-dominant. Mac OS X 10.15 accounts for 3.49%, Mac OS X 10.14 – 2.96% and 10.13 – 1.44%.