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Windows 8 now finally more popular than Vista

Published Jul 1st, 2013 2:40PM EDT
Windows 8 Market Share

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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.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.