Windows XP isn’t going down easy.
The ten-year-old OS has gradually been shedding users over the past several years but is still hanging onto to its huge chunk of the market.
In April, XP’s market share inched down to 46.08 percent from 46.86 percent in March, according to data out today from Net Applications. That followed a roller-coaster ride that saw XP’s audience rise and fall slightly each month since last November 2011.
At the same time, Windows 7 continues to grow in popularity. Last month, the current flavor of Windows grabbed a 38.67 percent share, up from 37.54 percent in March.
The trend over the past year clearly shows Windows 7 gaining on its predecessor. In April 2011, XP held a 55.84 percent share, while Windows 7 hovered at 26.36 percent.
Still, XP’s grip on the market remains tight. Microsoft has been aggressively encouraging users and businesses alike to switch from XP to Windows 7, obviously with some success. But it’s been a relatively slow and gradual move.