It was only a matter until this happened, so it's better late than never: Windows 8.1 managed to overtake Windows XP in global market share, thus becoming the second most used operating system in the world.
Statistics provided by market researcher StatCounter for the month of November (the first 21 days) show that Windows 8.1 is now powering 11.92 percent of the desktop computers across the world, while Windows XP is next with 11.79 percent.
Windows 7 continues to be the leader on the desktop with a global share of 55.95 percent and growing, which is an indication that those stepping away from Windows XP haven't necessarily moved to the modern OS, but also to Windows 7.
The fourth place in the top goes to Mac OS X, which is currently installed on 8.98 percent of the computers, while Windows 8 is next with 5.5 percent. Overall, Microsoft's mobile operating system (the combined market share of Windows 8 and 8.1) reached a total score of 17.42 percent.
Windows XP is quickly losing users, and it's not quite a surprising thing given the fact that Microsoft stopped providing support for this particular OS version in April this year.
Since then, Windows XP computers have received no security updates, which means that they all remain vulnerable to attacks supposed to exploit found flaws in the operating system.
On the other hand, Microsoft pushed many users to Windows 8.1, but not everyone decided to go for this particular OS version. Windows 7 also recorded rapid growth in the last few months, mostly thanks to the Windows XP end of support, as many users wanted to stick to a more familiar working environment and stay away from the modern Windows 8.
Another reason which could convince people that it's the time to upgrade from Windows XP is the quickly approaching launch of Windows 10, the next Microsoft OS version that's set to arrive in early 2015.
Windows 10 will bring quite a lot of improvements to the desktop, including a new Start menu, options to search the web straight from the desktop, a notification center, a revamped version of Internet Explorer, as well as multiple desktops to better organize your work.
Some rumors also suggested that Windows 10 could be free for Windows 8.1 users, so users looking for a new OS might very well have a look at the modern platform as well, as 2015 could bring them a new product at absolutely no charge.