Windows 8 overtakes Vista in market share

More people are now using Windows 8 than Windows Vista for the first time, according to data from Net Applications.

Windows 8 grabbed 5.1% market share in June, up from 4.3% in May, finally pipping Vista to the spot as the third most-used Windows OS.

Vista’s share slid to 4.6%, while Windows 7 holds 44.4% and XP still has 37.2%. The most recent version of Apple’s OS X (10.8) has 3.1%, the analytics firm said.

Vista actually climbed slightly on-month, but has been on downward trend over the past year, sliding by two percentage points since June 2012. XP is down five points since then, while Windows 7 is up three points over the year.

Windows 8’s uptake is slower than Windows 7 was at launch, according to analytics firm StatCounter, which shows Windows 7 hitting the 5% mark only a month after release, and topping 18.8% over the same period that Windows 8 has managed a 5.1% slice of the market.

Windows 8’s struggles to convince users to upgrade has led Dell to worry about the effect it’s having on PC sales.

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