We know how much damage caused by WannaCry and Petya ransomware comes from unmanaged operating systems. Most affected devices installed Windows XP, an obsolete software that Microsoft abandoned years ago. Yet, given the vastness of the infection, Redmond’s company had to go back on its footsteps, releasing security patches for the platform present everywhere, from home PCs to those of large industrial chains. Although the history of viruses should have pushed people to rely on the next-generation OS, in fact the effect was exactly the opposite: Windows XP earned points as a percentage of usage at the expense of rivals at home.
According to the latest Netmarketshare.com reports, Windows XP gained + 1.28% in the last month, bringing home a slice of 6.94% on the total. To this is the persistent stalemate of Windows 10, standing at +0.02, which corresponds to a 26.8 of the market. Both Windows 7 and Windows 8 come down, demonstrating how much XP’s jump forward counts. Considering computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and IoTs, various versions of Windows are present on 91.13% of all globally active machines, in large part Windows 10, thus protected by recent digital security threats. We are obviously facing a curious paradox that Microsoft now faces: the more it releases patches and more people (especially public administration) seem to appreciate the old operating system of a lifetime; Not exactly the strategy Redmond expected.