I recently found myself asking fellow panelists at an MIT Forum what would happen if Windows 8 just didn't take off. There was a conversational pause, so I asked again. No takers. Perhaps it was because we were in Seattle, but no one wanted to talk about the elephant in the room.

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Published: May 3, 2013
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    Marcus Simons | 05-09-2013

    Great article. Another factor that may be worth considering is that I understand Windows XP goes out of support on 8 April 2014. Where are those users going to go? Windows 8? Most likely but they might think long and hard about making that transition, potentially taking the opportunity to assess other options.

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      Info-Tech Research Group | 05-13-2013

      If there are still businesses running XP when the end comes, then they do so knowing the risks and exposure, and having had plenty of time and warning to begin the transition from XP. Individual consumers still running XP may eventually make the switch to Windows 8. Your observation is and will certainly be true for some users, however, when looking at the current worldwide statistics, Windows 7 currently has the top spot with over 50% share, XP is in a decline but still holds approx 20%, Win8 is trending upward slowly, while the other options remain fairly static. There really isn't a shift away from Microsoft, the question will be whether they move to Win7, or to Win8


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