Windows XP loses over 3% of OS market share in August; Windows 8 gains 2%

Microsoft's quest to reduce the worldwide market share of Windows XP to below 10 percent by its support cut date of April 8th, 2014 is now looking like it might be able to be completed. According to the latest data from Net Applications, Windows XP lost over three percent of its market share in August.

Specifically, the research firm's numbers show Windows XP in second place with 33.66 percent, well below July's numbers of 37.19 percent. It's the largest such one month dip in Windows XP's market share in some time. However, it will have to stay on that pace for the next seven months or so in order to have any hope of reaching Microsoft's goal.

Net Applications' data for August shows that Windows 7 is number one in OS market share with 45.63 percent, up from 44.49 percent in July. Windows 8 is third with 7.41 percent, up just over two percentage points from July's market share numbers of 5.40 percent, which is also the biggest jump Windows 8 has seen in some time. Windows Vista is fourth with 4.11 percent, down from 4.24 percent in July.

Windows 8.1, which launched as a preview version in June, is listed at 0.24 percent in August on Net Applications' list, after only taking up 0.02 percent of the OS market share in July.

Source: Net Applications | Image via Net Applications

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