XP use drops below 10 per cent - Trade Me

TOM PULLAR-STRECKER
Last updated 17:35 23/04/2014

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Trade Me says the proportion of people visiting its website who were using Windows XP computers dipped below 10 per cent for the first time last month.

Microsoft ended support for XP this month, causing security concerns for those still using the operating system, and has been urging people to upgrade.

Trade Me said its visitor statistics were probably a good barometer for New Zealand computer use as a whole, although other websites might have different findings.

They appear to broadly support figures from Dublin-based Amazon subsidiary StatCounter that estimate 7.8 per cent of computers in New Zealand are now running XP, against a global average of 17.5 per cent.

Trade Me said XP use had fallen from 16.2 per cent to 9.8 per cent over the past 12 months, with Windows 8 take-up rising from 3.6 per cent to 12.3 per cent.

Windows 7 computers continued to account for more than 40 per cent of visits to the trading site.

Google's Chrome web browser was gaining popularity and was used for just over 30 per cent of Trade Me visits last month.

Internet Explorer versions 10 and 11 had 21.5 per cent share, just ahead of Safari, which was stable on 21.1 per cent.

Firefox use fell from 13.5 per cent to 12.3 per cent, and 5.2 per cent of visits were made using the now dated Internet Explorer 8, Trade Me said. 

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