And this is a good sign, believe it or not. Channeling a little Robert Ripley here! There is no shortage of people calling Windows 8 the new Vista, what with the modern operating system failing to take off.
But with the arrival of Windows 8.1, them more pressing matter was why people failed to upgrade to the newest release — what with it being free and all. There was a point in time when Windows 8 had a substantial amount of users to its name.
Luckily, these users have started to make the move to Windows 8.1.
And with the most recent version of the operating system adding more direct users (and those that are upgrading from Windows XP and Windows 7), things are looking pretty neat for the platform.
The news here, however, is that Windows 8 vanilla, the core OS, is quickly losing users.
Launched in October 2012, the modern operating system now has a market share of 3.57%, according to this latest data from StatCounter. And Vista? That version sits at 4.17% in this table, far behind other flavors of Windows at this point.
Just for the record, Windows XP is in third place with 9.82%, Windows 8.1 the second with 15.68% to its name, while Windows 7 still holds the most commanding of leads with 54.05%.
Both Windows 8 and Windows Vista are losing users, and by the time Windows 10 is here, both versions of the operating system are expected to drop to even lower levels in terms of worldwide market share.