It's taken some time, but Windows 8 is now officially more popular than Windows Vista, according to the latest market share data. Furthermore, it doesn't even matter if you put more stock into StatCounter's accounting method or prefer NetApplicaton's approach to tallying market share, both firms are in agreement that Windows 8 is ahead of Vista in usage, if ever so slightly.
Starting with the data from NetApplications, Windows 8 closed out June with a 5.1 percent share of the desktop OS market, up from 4.27 percent a month prior. Vista, meanwhile, has been steadily declining each month. When Windows 8 debuted in October 2012, Vista was holding onto a 5.8 percent share of the market and has since dropped down to 4.62 percent.
StatCounter paints a similar picture. According to StatCounter, Windows 8 is now installed on 5.94 percent of all desktops and laptops, finally eclipsing Vista, which maintains a 5.4 percent share. For both firms, June is the first month Windows 8 has managed to overtake Vista.
What does it mean? For one, it means that Windows 8 is moving in the right direction. We're still talking about a relatively low penetration rate, however, so it also means that Windows 8 has a ways to go before it catches up with Windows XP and Windows 7.