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November 3, 2014

Windows XP usage plummets 7%

And strong Surface Pro 3 sales boost Win 8.1 higher than ever before.

By Ben Sullivan

The number of users on Windows XP dropped in October, with Windows 8.1 usage moving closer to overtaking the 13-year-old operating system in terms of market share.

During last month, Windows XP usage fell almost 7%, dropping to a 17.18% market share from 23.97%.

In comparison, Windows 8.1 usage rose over 4% during October, going from a global PC market share of 6.67% to 10.92%.

The figures are from OS-monitor Netmarketshare, which tracks operating system usage on a month-by-month basis.

October’s stats also show Windows 7 usage is on the rise, going from a 52.7% share in September to a 53% share in October.

Windows 8 as a whole, which includes the original Windows 8 release and the 8.1 update rose from holding a 12.2% market share to gaining an almost 17% market share.

The rise in Windows 8.1 usage could be attributed to the explosion of Surface Pro 3 tablet sales by Microsoft, as reported in its Q1 earnings last week.

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