Windows 8 has hit a new milestone. It's now the third most used operating system in the world, at least in the eyes of market tracker Net Applications.
For the month of June, Windows 8 scored 5.1 percent of all desktop OS Web traffic seen by Net Applications. That boost helped Microsoft's latest OS finally leapfrog over Windows Vista, which grabbed a 4.62 percent share last month.
The most recent figure showed a healthy gain for Windows 8 from itsand continued growth since its official release in October. Over the same time, Vista has seen its popularity plummet, though its June share actually showed a slight rise from 4.51 percent in May.
Vista's successor, Windows 7, remained the top dog of operating systems with a share of 44.37 percent last month, leaving the older Windows XP in second place with 37.17 percent. Looking at it from a broader view, Windows in general captured 91.51 percent of the market in June, followed by the Mac OS with 7.2 percent and Linux with 1.28 percent.