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Windows 7: Windows XP clings to No. 2 spot as Windows 10 gets closer

02 Apr 2015   #1
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 
Windows XP clings to No. 2 spot as Windows 10 gets closer

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Looking at the overall Web traffic for desktop operating systems across the globe, Net Applications gave XP a 16.9 percent share for the month of March, a hefty drop from the 19.1 percent recorded in February.

Though XP's grip on the market continues to loosen, it remains the No. 2 most-used operating system based on Net Application's Web stats, beating Windows 8 and 8.1 and their collective share of 14 percent. Windows 8.1 took the third spot with a 10.5 percent share, leaving Windows 8 in fifth place with just 3.5 percent.

Windows 7 holds the top spot, with a share of 58 percent.
Windows XP clings to No. 2 spot as Windows 10 gets closer - CNET


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02 Apr 2015   #2
eatup

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 Bit
 
 

The only ones clinging onto XP are the power users and uber tech geeks. Casual users got scared off into W7 by the lack of continuing support long ago. Just like power users prefer Office 2003 over the modern versions. And they'll continue to cling onto XP with an ever tightening grip.

Some users have different criteria for abandoning XP. For me, these two have to be met to convince me to upgrade:

1. I want raw computing power. I don't need the extra bloat from the host OS. I've timed application load times on the various Windows. W7 took 20% longer to load applications than XP on the same modern machine. A measure of raw computing power is the amount of frames (not games but real life work) an app is capable of outputting. It serves me no purpose at all when I can get 6x more fps in XP than W8.1

2. I don't need the OS to f*** with the video/audio output. Artificially degrading video/audio just to appease a few select media companies serves me no purpose for work-related apps.

As such, Linux looks like a good choice to host an XP virtual machine over using W10 natively b/c 1. Linux doesn't have bloat, and 2. Linux doesn't artificially affect the video/audio output.
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02 Apr 2015   #3
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 



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02 Apr 2015   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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The only ones clinging onto XP are the power users and uber tech geeks.
That is not so. It is mostly public offices and companies that were sleeping at the wheel. E.g. the city of Berlin, Germany still has 26.000 users on XP and no real plan to get them off. Many other federal, state or municipal offices are in the same situation. There are not enough geeks in the world to fill these masses. 17% must be something like 200 Million users.

I also read that the electricity board in the UK has a couple of hundred thousand users that are still on XP. The cost of migration is enormous - not only for the new gear but for program conversion and education of the end users.
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03 Apr 2015   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Win-10 will be lucky to get to x-p numbers.
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03 Apr 2015   #6
Jody Thornton

Windows 8 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eatup View Post
Some users have different criteria for abandoning XP. For me, these two have to be met to convince me to upgrade:

1. I want raw computing power. I don't need the extra bloat from the host OS. I've timed application load times on the various Windows. W7 took 20% longer to load applications than XP on the same modern machine. A measure of raw computing power is the amount of frames (not games but real life work) an app is capable of outputting. It serves me no purpose at all when I can get 6x more fps in XP than W8.1

2. I don't need the OS to f*** with the video/audio output. Artificially degrading video/audio just to appease a few select media companies serves me no purpose for work-related apps.

As such, Linux looks like a good choice to host an XP virtual machine over using W10 natively b/c 1. Linux doesn't have bloat, and 2. Linux doesn't artificially affect the video/audio output.
I take it that you are referring to the Aero experience when discussing the AV degradation? Because Aero actually uses the GPU for acceleration. Or was it something else? I know that Vista/7/8 all make recording from the sound card output difficult (and this was indeed easier and more adjustable in XP)

Where do you get the idea that Linux, Unix, Solaris or any other xNix OS that uses a desktop environment does not have bloat? Check out Ubuntu with the Unity interface, or various Gnome implementations. Some of them require 2 GB of RAM. Yes I use Puppy Linux on a old notebook PC and it's lightweight (more like Windows NT 4 as a reference of comparison), But that's not universal.
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03 Apr 2015   #7
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jody Thornton View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eatup View Post
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2. I don't need the OS to f*** with the video/audio output. Artificially degrading video/audio just to appease a few select media companies serves me no purpose for work-related apps.
I take it that you are referring to the Aero experience when discussing the AV degradation?
I believe that comment is about DRM.
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