20% of Desktop PCs Still Run Windows XP

 

Microsoft's official "end of support" date for Windows XP is coming up on April 8, 2014 - just one year from today.  Meanwhile, the percentage of computers running Windows XP continues to drop, but is still about 20% of all desktops and laptops, according to StatCounter.

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Source: StatCounter Global Stats - Operating System Market Share

 

If you count yourself among the Windows administrators and help desk professionals responsible for supporting Windows XP computers or end users running Windows XP, you may want to take a quick look at SolarWinds's DameWare software.  DameWare's Remote Support edition provides both unattended remote system access and end user screen sharing in a single package.  It can use RDP, but also offers its own optional single-port protocol that is often useful if your environment runs firewalls between the computers and end users you need to support.  Unlike native Remote Console capabilities which vary between operating systems, DameWare also behaves consistently on Windows XP, Windows 7 or any other Windows OS, providing universal support for multiple monitors, simultaneous sharing sessions and other "must have" features in a remote access package.