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Microsoft: 74% of workplace PCs still use Windows XP

updated 03:30 pm EDT, Mon July 12, 2010

Microsoft admits most XPs avoid both Vista and 7

Microsoft's Corporate VP of Windows, Tammi Reller, admitted today at the Windows Partner Conference that nearly three quarters, or 74 percent, of business PCs are still using Windows XP. Despite both Windows Vista and 7 having been released as far back as three years ago, many have refused to upgrade and in some cases are keeping systems for longer than they would have before. The average age of a work PC is older than it has ever been, at 4.4 years, Reller said.

The software developer spun the discounts as opportunities for PC builders, as it hoped many companies would soon be upgrading their systems to a newer OS.

The exceptional longevity of the OS is unusual, however, and reflects a reluctance to adopt a new OS even after Windows 7 addressed many outstanding complaints that left companies skipping Vista. Even with the addition of the Windows XP Mode virtual machine in 7, some have argued that the Vista architecture and later won't work with legacy apps and hardware. It likewise still carries stiffer requirements that will often push them to completely replace systems rather than install the OS in place or make minor hardware upgrades.

Home users have been more willing to upgrade to the OS and have contributed to 150 million Windows 7 licenses being sold so far; Microsoft expects 350 million licenses by the end of 2010. Apple, however, has often had a much faster transition to new operating systems. It has been helped in part by a much larger ratio of home users, but also by a software environment that has been far less anchored by a dependence on legacy apps than Windows. [via SAI]

by MacNN Staff



  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Absolutely nothing wrong for consumers to

    continue using Windows XP SP3. It still runs fine and will do nearly anything most consumers want. Microsoft merely wants users to upgrade to pay for Windows 7 licenses. That must hurt them like h*** that consumers are depriving them of much needed license revenue. As long as I have anti-virus protection running in WinXP, I have no problems whatsoever. Windows 7 is slick but isn't really worth the effort to upgrade for most users. If Windows 7 comes on a new machine, all well and good, otherwise, leave well enough alone on your older machine unless you're prepared to wipe your drive and start from scratch.

    MS isn't getting that instant gratification anymore. They're going to have to work to move licenses.

  1. rtamesis

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Mediocrity triumphed

    MS is a victim of its own success. When it released Windows XP, it had created the perfect mediocre OS that fits the needs of most PC users.

  1. Koda

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Most corporations, including the one I work for, use XP because a lot of the tools used require IE6. IE7/8 are incompatible with nearly all the tools I work with daily.

  1. solefald

    Joined: Dec 1969



    You made your bed, you lay in it.

    Its no one's but your own fault that you release one disaster after another.
    people did not upgrade from XP because Vista was a failure from the get go.
    Windows 7 is not that much better. People are AFRAID to upgrade, no matter how hard you try to shove your new OS up into their throats. They are afraid because of the endless list of problems your "new and improved" software creates. That and insane licensing prices you charge.

    I was at my clients office the other day. She wanted to upgrade her 4 desktops to Windows 7 because she heard it was "better". When she saw $299.99 price for a Windows 7 Pro version she just laughed and said "not any time soon". Who the h*** would want to pay $1200+tax just for the licenses to install an OS on 4 computers?

    Apple got it right. Single OS, single affordagle pricing scheme.

    Dear Microsoft, your are singlehandedly killing yourself.

  1. dfcster

    Joined: Dec 1969


    He He He...

    Last Year.:
    Microsoft: 85% of workplace PCs still use Windows XP
    Apple OS: 6%

    This Year:
    Microsoft: 74% of workplace PCs still use Windows XP
    Apple OS: 8%

    Next Year.:
    Microsoft: 62% of workplace PCs still use Windows XP
    Apple OS: 12%

    Future is looking very good! [Wink]

    PS.: Does Windows 7 Qualify as Mac OS?
    [No scrap that I keep forgetting that all Windoze OSs are a rip-offs from Mac OSs]
    Windows XP and Previous = Mac OS 9 and Previous
    Windows 7 and Vista = Mac OS X

    Pirates of Silicon Valley..

  1. joecab

    Joined: Dec 1969


    actually, Win 7 *is* better ...

    ... it's just not better enough to merit going through the process of upgrading everything when XP still works fine. So it's just as much the success of XP as MS's failure to convince people to upgrade. Businesses gotta save money, ya know.

  1. thedude

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This is not expected???

    Businesses are built on cost effectiveness. If the system that they currently employ works for them then it make little sense to upgrade and train on a new system. I work with people that if you ever changed the icons on the desktop they wouldn't know how to get from point A to B. Let alone try and get them to figure out a totally new way of doing things. I might as well give them a Mac, as they would have just about as much of a chance of figuring it out.

    So if the only thing you are doing on a computer is using say and accounting program, email and web, then there is absolutely no reason to upgrade.

  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969


    And people wonder...

    why Apple pays so little attention to the "enterprise". Imagine having to deal with these IT bozos on a regular basis. We'd still be on OS 9, still have NuBus, ADB, 3.5 floppies, RS-232 ports, and every other legacy goofiness. I know, my corporate PC is still on XP, IE6, and has all the ports you can think of. Change in the IT department is the enemy, to be fought to the death over.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Home users can't just call their IT group

    Most home users only get a new OS when their old peecee stops working due to malware and/or hardware failure. They either can't be bothered or are unable to do an OS upgrade themselves.

    So what do they get when they buy a brand new Dell? Windows 7. By default, not by choice. Windows 7 is what you end up with when your XP machine dies.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Home users can't just call their IT group

    @ lkrupp - "Change in the IT department is the enemy, to be fought to the death over."

    Amen. Microsoft cut the legs out from Vista by breaking compatibility with XP apps. That was stupid thing #1. Then they changed the Vista UI to confuse hordes of hapless end users. That was stupid thing #2. So they alienated corporate IT groups as well as rank and file Office users.

    It just makes me wonder exactly how long Microsoft's stock can hold steady. It's been flat since Ballmer took over. Yes, Windows + Office is a profitable business. But it's a technological dead end. Corporations sent Microsoft a clear message: XP is "good enough" and you're not going to fool them into wasting money on a needless "upgrade."

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