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Windows 8 Continues Ascension in User Popularity Rankings, OS X In Its Sights

Softpedia’s Bogdan Popa notes that Windows 8 is now the fourth most popular operating system in the world, and according to some new statistics, it continues to gain new users every day.

Popa cites data provided by market researcher StatCounter indicating that Windows 8 is currently installed on 5.79 percent of computers worldwide, still ahead of Vista’s 5.44 percent market share. Windows 7 remains the top choice for desktop users, so its now powering 52.49 percent of the PCs in the world, while Windows XP comes next with 21.22 percent.

He notes that OS X is the only non-Windows platform on the podium, with a market share of 7.49 percent, but if Windows 8 continues its growth at the same pace, expect a switch in about one month, especially because Microsoft is getting ready to launch the Windows 8.1 update.

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