Boy that was fast! Windows 8 may yet have some surprises hidden under its sleeve. Microsoft’s latest operating system showed some impressive signs of growth, the latest data from StatCounter shows.

The last time we checked (March 20, by the way) Windows 8 enjoyed a 3.77 percent market share. But now it seems that more and more users are enjoying Microsoft’s latest operating system as within the span of a week it blasted past the 4 percent milestone.

Windows 8 is now finally at 4.12 percent global market share, and firmly sits as the fifth most popular operating system in the world, overtaking the iOS platform.

Next stop would be old friend, Windows Vista and then a worthy rival Mac OS X.

Windows 7, unsurprisingly, is the number one OS in the world with a commanding 51.41 percent market share, while Windows XP still latches onto second place with 23.52 percent.

Mac OS X is at third with 7.52 percent and Windows Vista rounds up the top four with 5.4 percent.

Most industry circles expect Windows 8 to really tee off in the coming months as the platform matures and more devices powered by Microsoft’s latest operating system maker their way to the market.

Most have their eyes on the middle of 2013 when Windows Blue is expected to launch as the first major Windows 8 makeover. Codename Blue is said to bring a long list of improvements, user interface enhancements along with new features.

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  • Robert Trance

    Sooner or later people must realize, 8 is not an enemy….

    • Mike Greenway

      That would be nice but I think you give people too much credit. Nations haven’t learned to get alone and even where there isn’t any reason for animosity, like the tech world, people make it into a hateful experience, Android gangs rooming the virtual streets, belittling their brothers and everywhere the OS racist whip the masses into hysteria. If you like a single feature in windows, you don’t desire any respect, If you use it, well don’t be caught in a dark ally. Nobody thinks for themselves, they just follow like a mob.

      • Robert Trance

        Sadly, very sadly i cannot argue with you about those, your statements are true. One just hopes….

      • Jose Santos

        Yes I don’t get why all the fanboy hate. I says use what suits you best. All Os are useful to whoever decides to use them.

      • Jose Santos

        BTW I use windows 8…and its suits me fine.

  • Fahad Ali

    There is a disturbing abundance of intelligence in all the comments above. 🙂 For better or for worse, not many notice things like these, certainly not people who likes to follow the crowd just so they can matter.

    Only a while then, till Windows 8 takes its place as the third most popular OS.

  • WillyThePooh

    Interesting. Win8 spent 5 months to surpass iOS which is a 3+ years OS. If iOS is a success, I don’t see why win8 is a failure.

  • Peter

    Reading this through the disqus app on windows phone 8
    Lumia 920 😀 it’s uhmazinggg

    • Ahmed Eltawil

      Same here 😀

  • Ahmed Eltawil

    Why is Windows 7, Vista and XP on the same list as iOS and Android? They are not targeting the same devices or market. This comparison makes no sense.