Windows XP loses over 2% of OS share in September; Windows 8 makes slight gain

Microsoft's quest to reduce the worldwide market share of Windows XP as much as possible before it reaches its support cut date of April 8th, 2014 continues to show results. According to the latest data from Net Applications, Windows XP lost over two percent of its market share in September 2013.

The research firm's newest numbers show Windows XP in second place with 31.41 percent, well below August's numbers of 33.66 percent. In the past two months, Windows XP's share has dipped nearly six percent, which would be unthinkable earlier this year.

Net Applications' data for September shows that Windows 7 is still number one in OS market share with 46.43 percent, up from 45.63 percent in August. Windows 8 is third with 8.02 percent, a gain compared to August's 7.41 percent but not nearly as much as Windows 8 gained from July to August, where it went up over two percentage points.

Windows 8.1, which was made available as a preview version in June by Microsoft, is listed at holding 0.87 percent of the OS market share by Net Applications for September, compared to 0.24 percent in August. Windows 8.1 will officially launch on October 18th.

Source: Net Applications | Image via Net Applications

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