Slowly but surely, Windows 8 is making its mark. The latest numbers from Net Applications show that Windows 8 is now being used on 5.1% of all desktop computers, making it the third-most used desktop OS in the world behind Windows 7 (44.4%) and Windows XP (37.2%). More importantly, Net Applications says that Windows 8 has at last surpassed Vista, which now has a market share of just 4.6%. Given that Microsoft plans to end support for Windows XP next year, we’ll likely see Windows 8 adoption skyrocket in 2014 when companies move to upgrade their machines to newer operating systems.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.