Windows XP’s market share has finally started showing signs of decreasing as Microsoft prepares to remove support for the aged operating system next week on the 8th of April.

The users who have jumped from Windows XP appear to be migrating to Windows 7, not Microsoft’s latest Windows operating system Windows 8 or 8.1.

According to Net Applications which analyses the range of operating systems being used to browse the web, XP’s share of the desktop market fell by a substantial 1.84% to 27.69% of the total PCs browsing in March.

Even with Microsoft’s huge campaign to drive users to the latest Windows 8 or 8.1 editions it is Windows 7 that is benefiting the most from the exodus of Windows XP users, with its market share jumping up 1.46% to a substantial 48.77% in March.
Windows 8 and 8.1 only managed to increase their share by 0.62% to 11.27% of the total PCs browsing the web in March.

The figures will calm Microsoft slightly as they continue to urge users to move away from Windows XP, as Microsoft has witnessed the share of Windows XP actually rise in recent months despite the operating system now being over 13 years old.

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