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Windows 8.1 adoption is speeding up, with the operating system now the planet's fourth-most-popular, according to Netmarketshare statistics.

With January 2014 now behind us, the firm has totted up the results of its ongoing observations of just what browsers and operating systems hit the world's web servers. Those explorations found that Windows 8.1 now accounts for 3.95 per cent of the world's traffic, up from December's 3.6 per cent and ahead of Windows Vista's 3.3 per cent.

Here's a table showing Netmarketshare's data since Windows 8.1's October 2013 launch.

Oct 2013 Nov 2013 Dec 2013 Jan 2014
Windows XP 31.24 31.22 28.98 29.23
Windows Vista 3.63 3.57 3.61 3.3
Windows 7 46.42 46.64 47.52 47.49
Windows 8 7.53 6.66 6.89 6.63
Windows 8.1 1.72 2.64 3.6 3.95

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Windows Market Share October 2013 to Jan 2014

Windows Market Share October 2013 to Jan 2014. Source: Netmarketshare

Perhaps the most interesting thing about this data is that Windows XP use is not declining as rapidly as seems sensible, inasmuch as it is now just over two months from the end of its supported life.

Raising rather more smiles down Redmond way, one imagines, is the fact that all versions of Windows 8 collectively command more than ten per cent of the market. That's not a huge share, but it may at least spare some blushes. ®

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