Windows 8.1 Overtakes XP?
Written by Janet Swift   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014

The trend away from XP has accelerated until by the end of the month Windows 8.1 share of the desktop operating system market had overtaken it on a worldwide basis.

After we reported Windows XP Starts To Bow Out at the beginning of November, the trend away from XP has accelerated until by the end of the month Windows 8.1 share of the desktop, tablet and console operating system market had overtaken it on a worldwide basis.

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This chart come from StatCounter and shows that in November, Windows 8.1 at 10.95% narrowly beat XP to second place, pushing it to third at 10.69%. Windows 7 remains the most popular operating system on 50.3%.

Commenting on this milestone, StatCounter CEO, Aodhan Cullen said:

"Following a somewhat mixed reaction to Windows 8, Windows 8.1 has made steady progress since its launch. It passed Windows 8 in August and has now passed Windows XP in November. The growth trajectory for Windows 8.1 has been positive but if current trends continue it will not topple Windows 7 before Windows 10 is launched in 2015."

According to StatCounter's regional statistics, in the US Windows 8.1 is at 12.2% having overtaken XP in October and in the UK, where Windows 8.1 overtook XP in April, XP has declined to 4.2% while Windows 8.1 is currently at 13.2%. 

The latest figures on NetMarketShare also show the same trends for November - XP in decline, Windows 8.1 continuing to gain ground but they show Windows 7 seeing the biggest increase in share. As a result we still have to wait a little while longer before Windows 8.1 overtakes XP according to NetMarketShare. 

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