Microsoft's current desktop OS is close to stealing second place from Windows XP in the desktop OS arena, according to new stats from Web tracker Net Applications.
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Though no longer supported by Microsoft, XP commanded a quarter of all desktop OS traffic seen by Net Applications last month.
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XP still accounted for 26 percent of all desktop OS traffic tracked last month by Net Applications.
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