Microsoft XP Continues to Hold Strong

Microsoft's 10 year old Windows XP operating system continues to be the most used PC platform for accessing the web.

New data released by NetApplications reveals that 46.5 percent of Internet traffic that showed up on its clients websites was from Windows XP. Microsoft has done its level best to steer users away from the platform by releasing two new operating system since then, but Windows XP continues to dominate.

Microsoft's efforts seem to be working even if they are slow, however. In December 2010, Windows XP dominated Internet traffic with a market share of 58.9 percent. Meanwhile, Windows 7 has had a massive growth spurt, rising from 21.7 percent share of the Internet traffic from December 2010 to 37 percent.

Microsoft's Windows Vista, for which the company was much criticised, has also continued its downward spiral in Internet traffic use.

Apple seems to be having a similar problem albeit on a smaller scale. The iPad maker's Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), launched in August 2009, was responsible for 3.1 percent of the Internet traffic while Mac OS X Lion was responsible for 2 percent.

NetApplications collects the data from more than 40,000 client websites which use its tools for performance tracking.