PC Sales Continue to Fall Despite the Death of XP

The PC market has shrunk for the eighth quarter in a row, and the loss of Windows XP support has not boosted the market as hoped.

A potential 30% of computers are estimated to be still running the 12 year old operating system, but Microsoft pulled the plug on support for Windows XP earlier this week, leaving computers that run it open to faults.

Many companies have kept to the old systems because of price issues with updating a fleet of computers, and also due to the new interface of Windows 8 which has received somewhat mixed opinions.

XP will now become increasingly unsecure as Microsoft will no longer bring out patches to protect it from modern threats.

Windows XP really helped launch the computing world into what we have today. Over a billion people have supposedly seen the iconic hill background known as Bliss, and many, many people still use the operating system all across the world, and trying to update such a wide ranging system will be a long process as people adapt to change.

This resistance to change has been shown by the worldwide PC shipments dropping by a further reported 4.4% in the first quarter of the year to 73.4 million units. This does depend on which market research you look at however, as they all can’t seem to agree.