Microsoft Windows has been the most popular Operating System (OS) worldwide for the past few decades. With iconic OS’s like the Windows XP and Windows 7, it is a favorite for PCs. However, the king of OS’s has been dethroned. StatCounter, a web traffic analytics firm, has indicated with new data that Google’s Android is now the most-used OS in devices worldwide.
These statistics reflect the OS being used to access the internet, as that is the only way to track them, and is the combination of data of a multitude of devices from desktops, laptops, tablets and mobiles phones. Android just inched ahead of Windows in the global OS market share, with 37.93% to Microsoft Windows 37.91%.
The CEO of StatCounter, Aodhan Cullen, said that this a
milestone in technology history. 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 percent of global internet usage share only five years ago.
Indeed this is historic, as this is the first time Microsoft is outdone in the global OS popularity charts. The increase in the number of smartphones obviously has a role to play in this achievement by Google. Another factor would be the decline in sales of PCs as many people now rely on phones and tablets for most of their work, probably because these new devices are portable and easy to handle.
Cullen also said
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…Voice or Continuum.
While Microsoft still leads in the North American and European markets with 39.5% and 51.7% respectively, Android won big time in the Asian Market with 52.2%. As most of the worlds populous reside in Asia, which is where Android gets its global lead from.