For the first time ever, any other OS has been able to leave behind Windows as the leading OS in the world. Google’s Android has overtaken Windows as the most popular OS in terms of usage across all platforms including mobile, tablet, and laptop combined.
A web analytics firm known as StatCounter conducted a survey on the global use of various operating systems. During March 2017, android has topped the worldwide market share of internet usage claiming a share of 37.93%. It is only marginally ahead of Windows which still has 37.91% share of the market but surpassing it for the first time is an achievement in itself.
The findings of the survey conducted by this firm are based on 2.5 million websites and the gradual coverage of the two operating systems. CEO of StatCounter, Aodhan Cullen says,
“This is a milestone in technology history and the end of an era. It marks the end of Microsoft’s leadership worldwide of the OS market which it has held since the 1980s. It also represents a major breakthrough for Android which held just 2.4% of global internet usage share only five years ago.”
One of the major drivers of this breakthrough was the increased use of smartphones for internet usage. Also, the decline in the sales of the PCs had it coming and the influence of Asia on the global market also has a lot to do with it.
The OS Market Share in Asia
In North America, Windows has still maintained its lead (in all versions) with a market share of 39.5% and it is followed by iOS (25.7%) and Android (21.2%). The situation is similar in Europe where Windows (51.7%) has twice the market share that of Android (23.6%). However, it is in Asia that Android has managed to take a lead with a 52.2% market share as compared to that of Windows which is only 29.2%.
The OS Market Share in Pakistan
Even in Pakistan, Android has dominated the industry with a market share of 57.68%. Windows is the second leading OS but still manages to hold only 26.98% of the market share.
As of March 2017, in the OS desktop market (PC and laptop), Windows is still the leading OS boasting a market share of 84%. Cullen adds,
“Windows won the desktop war but the battlefield moved on. It will be difficult for Microsoft to make inroads in mobile but the next paradigm shift might give it the opportunity to regain dominance. That could be in Augmented Reality, AI, Voice or Continuum (a product that aims to replace a desktop and smartphone with a single Microsoft-powered phone).”