Windows XP officially took its last gasp back in April, but that didn't mean it stopped being used. Yet November marked an interesting development: there are finally more machines using Windows 8.1 than Windows XP.
StatCounter's analysis of web traffic suggests that Windows 8.1 is now the second most popular operating system globally, with 10.95 per cent market share — just ahead of Windows XP on 10.69 per cent. Windows 7 remains dominant, with 50.3 per cent.
As the Register points out, Windows 8.1 may have received a boost from PC specials during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday period, especially as new systems can't be sold with anything other than Windows 8.1. On these numbers, Windows 8.1 is unlikely to get anywhere near Windows 7 usage before Windows 10 appears next year.