Windows XP's Demise Will Help Linux Leapfrog Mac OS X 10.9

Microsoft enjoyed near-monopoly status with PC operating systems, web browsers, and enterprise productivity applications for many years. Although the company has lately relinquished its dominant position in the tech world to mobile devices titans such as Apple and Google, it still makes boatloads of cash, primarily thanks to its huge user base for Windows OSs, Microsoft Office, and Windows Server technologies.

Linux is frequently touted as one of the most successful open-source projects ever. Since its release in the 90s, the versatile OS has gradually become more popular with users. With a 1.49% market share, Linux is now rated the third-most popular PC operating system after Windows and Mac OS X operating systems.

 PC Operating System

Market Share %

Windows 7

48.77

Windows XP

27.69

Windows 8

6.41

Windows 8.1

4.89

Mac OS X

3.75

Windows Vista

2.99

Linux

1.49

Others

4.01

Source: NetMarketShare


But, a January 2014 Tech Pro Research study revealed that about 11% of Windows XP users plan to shift to Linux once Microsoft withdraws support for Windows XP, with only 1% planning to switch to Mac OS X 10.9.

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