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No more support for Windows XP; impact on Baltic States

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThere are still many people in the Baltic States who use devices that utilize Windows XP to browse the internet. With that, the recent decision by Microsoft to stop providing technical support for Windows XP will affect 22% of internet users in Latvia, and 18% in Lithuania and Estonia.

As previously reported, Microsoft has decided to stop providing technical support to Windows XP this year. However, security updates will come regularly for almost one more year. This is because Windows XP is still very popular in many parts of Europe and elsewhere in the world.

Since 2012 and up to this day, Windows 7 is the most popular OS in Baltic States (56% in Latvia, 54% in Lithuania and 52% in Estonia).

According to a survey by Gemius, Windows XP is popular the most in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where 38% of internet data is generated from stationary and portable computer that utilize Windows XP.

Windows XP is also very popular in Bulgaria (33%) and Belarus (29%). The smallest proportion of internet data flow with Windows XP comes from Denmark (4%) and Portugal (15%).

‘Data demonstrates a correlation between the development of the internet market and rising popularity of the latest version of Windows,’ – expert and Director of Digital Business Consulting Group Kimon Zorbas.

‘The Danish internet market is one of the most developed in the world. This is further demonstrated by data on active use of the latest and more functional version of Windows. Nevertheless, Windows XP demonstrates high popularity in many European countries. This is why Microsoft has decided to keep releasing security updates for Windows XP until July 2015, which was the right decision for Microsoft to make,’ – he explains.

As part of the survey, Gemius also performed internet traffic monitoring this March. Monitoring was performed in more than 20 European countries, countries of the Middle East and North Africa. Data collected during this research demonstrates internet surfing habits and technical parameters of computers used in these countries.

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