Windows 8.1, after four months of its October 2013 debut, has finally managed to overtake other operating software including Windows Vista and Mac OS X recording a slow, but steady initial growth.

According to latest latest data coming from Net Applications Windows 8.1 holds a market share of 4.30 percent to become the fourth most popular operating system in the world.

According to the statistics, Windows 7 with a share of 47.31 percent, continues to be the number one OS version followed by Windows XP which is still powering 29.53 percent of desktop computers worldwide.

Microsoft’s modern operating system, Windows 8, launched in October 2012, powers around 6.38 percent of computers. Next is the Mac OS X 10.9 and Windows Vista with 4.30 and 3.48 percent share respectively.

Although Windows 8.1 has not been able to attract a huge of users and is running at a relatively slow pace, Microsoft still believes that more and more users would opt for the operating system in the near future.

At the end of 2013, Windows 8.1 garnered a market share of 3.60 percent, while in January 2014 the new OS version’s market share went up to 3.94 percent before eventually going all the way up to 4.30 percent in February 2014.

Windows 8.1 is set to receive an important update this spring as the OS maker aims to make several changes to the platform in order to make it more appropriate for PCs.

One thing that may overshadow Windows 8.1’s market share increase is Windows XP’s stability at above 29 percent share. With just a little over month to go before Microsoft officially pulls the plug on Windows XP, there is a lot at stake for those who don’t migrate away from the 14-year old operating system.