Microsoft Windows can no longer claim to be the most popular OS on the internet, thanks to the growth of smartphones. By now, all people on the earth would admit that Android is a popular OS. It rules a lot of smartphones and has seen its usage expand to many other products like tablets, TVs, watches, and even cars; and the future looks like there’ll be more devices that will be powered by the Android.

OS Market Share Worldwide

An independent web analytics firm Statcounter discovered that Google’s Android passes Windows in March 2017 with 37.93 % of global Internet usage market share, compared to Windows’ 37.91 %. Although the difference is minor, but it is still the difference.

StatCounter: Internet usage based on operating systems Match 2012-March 2017

Apple’s iOS came in third with 13.09%, followed by OS X on fourth with 5.17% and Linux on the fifth with 0.75%.

StatCounter-Internet-usage-based-on-operating-systems-Match 2012-March-2017
StatCounter: Internet usage based on operating systems Match 2012-March 2017

StatCounter’s data covers Internet usage on smartphones, PCs, laptops and tablets. The company used analytics from 2.5 million websites which it claims generate more than 15 billion page views a month.

StatCounter CEO 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.”

“It will be difficult for Microsoft to make inroads in mobile, but the next paradigm shift might give it the opportunity to regain dominance,” said Cullen.

A Microsoft representative declined to comment specifically on Android taking over Windows, but added:

“We are pleased that there are more than 400 million monthly active devices running Windows 10, and most importantly, that Windows 10 has the highest levels of product satisfaction over any previous version of Windows.”

OS Market Share by Country

StatCounter: OS Market Share by Country Based on Internet Usage March 2017

And the worldwide stat is decisive because if we were just analyzing the US or Europe, Android’s total internet usage would still be way below Windows. But it’s in Asia that Android makes all the difference, collecting 52.2% of the share vs. Windows’ 29.2%.

On the desktop, Windows is still leading with the 84% internet usage share in March. On smartphones, it depends whose numbers you believe.

“Windows won the desktop war, but the battlefield moved on,” said Cullen.

However, when it comes to profits, iOS is way ahead of Android. App Annie recently revealed that iOS bagged the majority of the $35 billion paid to developers on the iOS and Android app stores. That was despite the fact that iOS valued for just 25 billion of the 90 billion apps downloaded last year.

One more thing is to remember that Google currently is developing OS (Fuschia) will most likely replace Android’s Linux kernel sometime soon.

Our Views on Android taking over Windows

In my opinion, I Don’t think its fair to compare Android as a phone OS with Windows as a desktop OS. Relatively inexpensive mobile devices. That Doesn’t seem to be equivalent to an OS running on much more expensive hardware around the world for 31+ years.

It’s important to remember that this only takes internet usage into account, and Windows is capable of so much more. So As long as powerful desktop operating systems are suitable for getting work done, people will use them. Though, the increasing capabilities and lower costs of Android devices should give Microsoft a cause to worry about the future.

The only way Microsoft could reverse this trend would be to get people using Windows on their smartphones. And that doesn’t look like it’ll be appearing anytime soon. Windows 10 Mobile has a shockingly low market share, and it’s going to take a wonder for that to change.

What are your opinions on Android expanding its lead over Windows as the most popular OS for internet usage? Does the lead surprise you? Let us know your views in the comments below!


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  2. But it never was the most popular OS if we look at everything else, not just PCs.

    AS far as PCs. I dare say it’s still the most popular.


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