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.
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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.