OPSWAT’s March 2012 Security Industry Market Share Analysis

imageWindows XP is dead-dead-dead. After all, Windows XP is a has-been in the world of operating systems – now 2+generations behind – and, eating dust. Or, so say all the pundits.

If you’re an XP user, as I am, then you can take some solace from OPSWAT’s latest quarterly report (released today), bolstered by more than 353,000 data points, which clearly shows Windows XP continues to hold substantial market share. In fact, according to OPSWAT’s data – Windows XP remains the most popular Windows operating system in both North America and worldwide, with slightly under half of computers using XP.

I’ll point out – I also run with Windows 7 and, Windows 8 Consumer Preview (a super system once one has crossed the “I have to learn some new stuff” barrier) – both of which are considerably safer overall than XP. So, I have no ax to grind – but, I do have an XP horse in the race. There’s little doubt of course, that XP will eventually disappear from the scene – but, not quite yet.

Windows 7, and rightfully so, continues to blaze ahead in the race to displace XP from its preeminent market position and, as shown in the following OPSWAT graphic, now commands better than 46% of the operating system market both in North America, and world wide. Windows Vista on the other hand, is barely on the horizon.


Graphic courtesy OPSWAT

Additionally, the OPSWAT report takes a close look at world wide and North American Antivirus vendors market share and, the gathered information in this latest report shows virtually no shift in market penetration from previous reports. In the world wide market place, the same Top 10 players, as expected, continue to hold substantial positions.


Graphic courtesy OPSWAT

In the North American marketplace, the same high penetration ratios exist although, the players shift position – with Symantec jumping into first position overall, from its sixth position worldwide.


Graphic courtesy OPSWAT

Microsoft, as shown in the following graphic, continues to gain ground with a fairly dramatic shift in growth.


As in previous OPSWAT reports, free security solutions remain at the top of the market with the highest numbers of installations. The top three products in North America, and worldwide, are available free for download.

OPSWAT’s analysis of the peer to peer application market share surprised me somewhat, since it showed LimeWire continuing to hold a market share -despite a court injunction prohibiting the use of the application, dated October 26, 2010.

On the other hand, there was no surprise in seeing µTorrent maintaining its lead over the competition in the public file sharing application market – as the following graphic indicates.


Graphic courtesy OPSWAT

The full report which is chock fill of absorbing statistics is available here.

So, who is OPSWAT?

If you’re a techie, then you’re very likely familiar with AppRemover, a free powerful anti-malware, antivirus application remover, and Metascan Online, a free online file scanner – both from OPSWAT. Beyond this direct connection however, you might not be familiar with OPSWAT.

From the site:

OPSWAT is the industry leader in software management SDKs, interoperability certification and multiple-engine scanning solutions. Our solutions are simplified and comprehensive, solving complex development problems to reduce time and costs for your engineering and testing teams.

OPSWAT offers software manageability solutions to streamline technology partnerships between leading technology solutions and software vendors. By enabling seamless compatibility and easy management capabilities, we make connecting your solutions with other software applications effortless.

Our innovative multi-scanning solutions deliver optimized anti-malware protection that increases detection rates without sacrificing performance with slow and cumbersome scans. Because no single anti-malware engine can catch every threat, we combine multiple engines to scan simultaneously, significantly improving the probability of detecting a threat.


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6 responses to “OPSWAT’s March 2012 Security Industry Market Share Analysis

  1. John

    Hi Bill,
    Interesting stats about XP and how popular it still is all around the world.

    As you know I made the giant leap from XP to Win 8 CP, and I’m so glad to say that I did (with your prompting). It’s like night and day in terms of how much more intuitive W8 is compared to XP.

    And yes while XP still gets things done and is ever so easy to navigate within compared to W8 which has no start menu button, it does not take too long to start finding your way around the new OS.

    Having added a third party start menu, and printed out a list of keyboard shortcuts, I’m up and running and will probably never go back to good old XP. I have even managed to get used to the Metro UI which of course I have customized to my own needs.

    Overall I’m quite impressed with the new Win 8 CP and no doubt there will more changes to come before the final version, and I have to agree XP is dead-dead-dead.


    • Hi John,

      Well, that’s great news! Very happy to hear you found Win 8 to your liking.

      As you noted, once you get the hang of it – it’s easy sailing. Especially, once the keyboard shortcuts become second nature.



  2. Mal

    Hey Bill,
    I’m not surprised at XP’s ongoing popularity. People who I speak to generally prefer it, probably because it’s been around so long they know it backwards. I still use it, old habits die hard and all, I’ve always lagged a few years behind new OS’s, I figure by the time I get to them, all the bugs should be ironed out.

    • Hey Mal,

      I hear where you’re coming from – it’s pretty tough to give up on a system you know like the back of your hand. Unless, there are compelling reasons to do so.

      You might find running Win 8 – by dual booting – a bit of fun and, it’s a pretty good way to get a handle on what’s upcoming. Since XP is a special case (as opposed to dual booting Win 7), you’ll need EasyBCD – a freebie app that lets you easily switch between operating systems (including XP, 2003, Linux, Ubuntu, BSD,….), on the same PC.



  3. Hi Bill,

    Not surprised XP is still king, many businesses never upgraded to Vista or 7. My employer was running Win 2K Pro right up to the bitter end (of support). I’m actually finding 8 to be a great OS, the power features make it very geek friendly, I haven’t used this many keyboard shortcuts since DOS! I’m thinking of remapping my 7 builds to run similar shortcuts it works so well.


    • Hi Mark,

      Have to admit – I’m loving Win 8.

      Interesting observation on the DOS thing – the same thing struck me. In fact, I’m finding the old DOS experience a great help in Win 8.