It's no easy task remaining relevant for a decade, as Steven Seagal and Jean-Claude Van Damme can attest (and if you don't know who they are, it reinforces the point). Yet somehow, Windows XP is still a fan favorite 10 years after its release, at least according to its market share numbers. But is the love affair with XP finally starting to fizzle? Let's take a look.
According to Net Applications, Windows XP's share of the market finally dipped below 50 percent, if ever so slightly at 49.69 percent. That's telling, especially when you consider that XP's share hovered about 60 percent a year ago, and 51 percent this past June.
On the flip side, even though XP's share continues to decline, there are still more users rocking the decade old OS than there are Windows 7 (27.92 percent) and Windows Vista (9.27 percent) combined. You can even throw in Mac OS X 10.6 (3.76 percent), iPhone (1.57 percent), and iPad (1.25 percent) into the mixing bowl and XP still comes out ahead by almost 6 percent.
Impressive, as well as frightening, though we suspect by this time next year it will be a much closer race. After that, XP's living on borrowed time with Microsoft set to cut off support on April 8, 2014.