The use of Windows XP is finally starting to fall as data shows that under 20 percent of devices are now running the ancient OS.
Figures from Netmarketshare.com showed that 17.18 percent of machines were using XP in October. This is down from 23.87 percent in September, and represents one of the biggest drops in XP use since the end of support in April.
Windows 7 remains the most popular version of the OS, in use on 53.05 percent of machines, up slightly from 52.71 percent last month. This comes despite Microsoft ending consumer availability of Windows 7 to OEMs.
Windows 8 retail sales have also been ended but so far this remains something of a failure for Microsoft with just 5.88 percent of machines running the platform, up marginally from 5.59 percent in the previous month.
Windows 8.1 is faring a little better, though, approaching 11 percent of the market at 10.92 percent, a sizeable increase from 6.67 percent in September, suggesting that many XP users may finally have bitten the bullet and upgraded.
Meanwhile, Apple saw its Mac OS X share fall from 4.05 to 3.66 percent. The new Yosemite platfom has picked up a 1.18 percent share since launching.
Linux saw its market share fall from 1.64 percent to 1.41.
Windows XP support ended in April, posing security concerns after claims that hackers would hoard exploits to use against unwary organisations.
These risks appear to have been overstated, however, as no widespread attacks have been seen in the wild.
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