Windows 8 market share passes Windows Vista

Windows 8's market share has surpassed that of Windows Vista last month, as the market share stats from Net Applications for the period show Windows 8 gaining slowly but steadily. Microsoft's newest OS has passed the 5% market share mark to sit on 5.10%, passing Windows Vista's 4.61% after gaining 0.83 percentage points.

Meanwhile, two of Microsoft's popular OSes - Windows 7 and Windows XP - both lost market share, falling 0.48 percentage points (to 44.37%) and 0.57 percentage points (to 37.17%) respectively. As a whole, Windows dropped 0.16 percentage points in June to hold 91.51% of the market, while Mac OS X (up 0.13% to 7.20%) and Linux (up 0.02% to 1.28%) both gained users.

With the release of the Windows 8.1 Preview, it's not surprising to see gains for Windows 8 during the month as people flocked to try out the free update. Windows 8 will likely continue to gain users in the coming months as Microsoft gears up to release the final version of Windows 8.1, which addresses numerous complaints that people had with Windows 8.

Source: Net Applications

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