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While Microsoft may have launched a public preview of Windows 10 this week, the current versions of the OS, Windows 8 and 8.1, are actually losing market share among PCs worldwide, according to the latest numbers from Net Applications.

Based on stats generated by unique visitors to its websites, Net Applications's worldwide OS market share numbers show that Windows 8.1 went down from 7.09 percent in August to 6.67 percent in September. Windows 8 also went down from 6.28 percent in August to 5.59 in September. Combined, Windows 8 and 8.1 claimed 12.26 percent of the OS market share worldwide in September, over once percent below the 13.37 percent share they had in August.

Net Applications shows Windows 7 at the top of the OS market share list with 52.71 percent of PCs worldwide still using it in September. That is up from the 51.21 percent it had in August. Windows XP, which is no longer being supported by Microsoft, went down just slightly from 23.89 percent in August to 23.87 percent in September. Windows Vista is still used by 3.07 percent of all PCs, according to the new September data.

Why do you think Windows 8 and 8.1 took a big hit in OS market share in September?

Source: Net Applications