During the month of June, I predicted that Windows 8 would become the 3rd most popular Operating System Worldwide by August. Well, I was close… I’m not actually sure when Windows 8 surpassed Mac OS X, but it has finally happened. As you can see from the data StatCounter collects, Windows 8 has garnered 7.86% of Worldwide usage. Windows 7 is still leading and will for sometime. It is also good to see that Windows XP has moved to 19.19% (down from 21.22% in June).
United States States
In the United States, StatCounter has Windows 8 as the fourth most utilized operating system, sitting at 8.8%… right behind Windows 7 (45.13%), Mac OS X (13.48%), and Windows XP (11.82%).
Countdown to Windows XP End-of-Life
Windows XP goes End-of-Life on April 8, 2014. There are still too many Windows XP machines deployed in the market. I hope to see this number get close to 0% before April as there are potentially serious consequences that may happen as a result.
In a Microsoft Security Blog post by Tim Rains, he probably shares the thing that concerns me most (commenting on when Microsoft creates a patch for supported operating systems):
after April 8, 2014, organizations that continue to run Windows XP won’t have this advantage over attackers any longer. The very first month that Microsoft releases security updates for supported versions of Windows, attackers will reverse engineer those updates, find the vulnerabilities and test Windows XP to see if it shares those vulnerabilities. If it does, attackers will attempt to develop exploit code that can take advantage of those vulnerabilities on Windows XP. Since a security update will never become available for Windows XP to address these vulnerabilities, Windows XP will essentially have a “zero day” vulnerability forever.