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Microsoft’s Windows 8 is Less Popular than Discontinued Windows XP

Windows 8 is still proving to be unpopular, even after its 8.1 update.

Paul Tamburroby Paul Tamburro

Microsoft's Windows 8 is installed in fewer homes than the discontinued Windows XP, new stats have revealed.

According to StatCounter, statistics revealed in March indicate that Windows 7 has held on to its spot as the world's most popular operating system by a considerable margin, with the OS installed on 55% of all surveyed systems. Meanwhile, Windows XP is the second most popular OS, despite Microsoft announcing that it will be discontinuing the OS in a matter of days, with 18.6% of all installs.

Apple's MacOSX had 8.6% of installs on all the surveyed desktops, while Windows 8 trails far behind with 7.9% installs. While the Windows 8.1 update had 4.5% of all installs, thus giving Windows 8 a total of around 13%, it still trails behind XP, something which Microsoft will not be pleased with given their pushing of the new OS.

View the global stats graph below.

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Microsoft is set to hold its BUILD developer conference in San Francisco later today, which you can watch here