That increase was less than half of Windows 7's March gains, perhaps hinting at the beginning of the end of enterprise migrations. Businesses still stuck with some XP PCs have been replacing them with ones running Windows 7, not Windows 8 or 8.1. Analysts expect that companies will standardize on Windows 7 for several years, and may be hard to pry from the OS when its support ends in 2020.
Windows 8 took in more XP refugees than did Windows 7 in April, perhaps a sign the bulk of enterprises' migrations from the 13-year-old XP have finished. (Data: Net Applications.)
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