With only a week of support left Windows XP usage is starting to decline but still maintains 27% of OS marketshare.  Data from Net Applications for March shows Windows XP usage declined 1.84% (from 29.53% percent to 27.69%).  Likely many businesses are transitioning from Windows XP to Windows 7.  Windows Vista also fell 0.11% (from 3.10% to 2.99%).  Windows 8.1 & Windows 8 continue to grow have a combined marketshare over 11% for the first time.   Specifically, the combined operating systems gained 0.62 percentage points (from 10.68% to 11.30%).  Windows 8 gained 0.03 percentage points (from 6.38% to 6.41%), while Windows 8.1 grabbed an additional 0.59% (from 4.30% to 4.89 %). Windows 7 made the biggest gain of 1.46% (from 47.31% to 48.77%).  The large gain is most likely businesses moving from Windows XP to Windows 7. Source: Net Applications via tnw ...

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Statcounter’s latest number show Windows XP only has 20.58% marketshare worldwide, while Windows 7 has 52.73% and Windows 8 3.3%.  As Windows XP approaches end-of-life in 7 months, I suspect we’ll see these numbers change somewhat.  While in North America Windows XP only holds ~15% marketshare, there are a number of eight countries where XP is the top used operating system: China – 54.79% Cook Islands – 72.14% Cuba – 52.93% Eritrea – 58.25% North Korea – 61.47% Morocco – 44.66% Norfolk Island – 70.18% Vietnam – 44.33% Here are countries where Windows XP hold over 30% marketshare: •Albania – 44.64% • Algeria – 38.11% • Argentina – 30.9% • Belarus – 37.39% • Benin – 43.37% • Bolivia – 32.71% • Bosnia and Herzegovina – 42.97% • Bulgaria – 36.76% • Cameroon – 42.65% • Cote d’Ivoire – 34.79% • Dominican Republic – 46.29% • Eygpt – 41.68% • ...

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The browser wars are back on and Microsoft has been making significant gains. Net Applications released their monthly report yesterday. Internet Explorer’s total marketshare is nearly 56% now and between April and May the browser gained 0.18 percentage points.  In the same time period Firefox has gained 0.33 percentage points to 20.63 percent.  Chrome has lost 0.61 percentage points and now only commands 15.74 of browser marketshare.  I am going to skip over Opera and Safari. With Microsoft pushing IE10 through Windows Update on Windows 7, IE10 marketshare has been surging.  IE10 has gained 3.24% while IE9 lost 2.78%.  I’m sure you’ll see a couple blogs with the headline “IE9 loses marketshare.” IE8 remains the world’s most popular browser on Windows XP with 22.99%, dipping .09 percentage points.  Windows XP users cannot upgrade past IE8, and really should upgrade their OS with XP nearing end of life.  IE10 is now ...

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