Windows 8 has surpassed OS X Mountain Lion in market share

In early December, we reported that Windows 8 users of Valve's Steam service had already jumped ahead of all Mac OS owners. Now there's evidence that Windows 8 is outpacing all of the Mac OS owners around the world for the more mainstream PC audience.

Net Applications' web site shows that for the week of January 20th, Windows 8 was installed on 2.45 percent of all PCs worldwide. That's equal to the most used, and most recent, Mac OS version, Mac OS 10.8. However, when you add in the stats for Windows 8 Touch (their wording, not ours) at 0.08 percent, it gives Windows 8 a market share of 2.53 percent.

Windows 7 still has the highest market share in this latest update with 45.77 percent, followed by Windows XP with 38.18 percent. Windows Vista is third with 5.01 percent. Windows 7 gained some market share in Net Application's data, while Windows XP and Windows Vista's percentage went down. The data that's shown still might change as Net Applications says the information has yet to be reviewed by its own Quality Assurance division.

The next major data update for Net Applications will come on Friday when it releases its PC market share numbers for all of January 2013.

Source: Net Applications | Image via Net Applications

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