The above graph represents the monthly distribution of the desktop operating system market share worldwide. The world’s top 5 desktop operating systems are Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS and BSD OS, according to Net Applications‘ (via Net Market Share).

RegionWorldwide
SourceNetMarketShare.com
Last Updated22 August 2019
Graph ID438
DurationMay 2016 – July 2019

Microsoft’s Windows OS continues to dominate the desktop OS market worldwide since its launch in 1995. In July 2019, Windows OS accounted for a whopping 88.45% share of the global desktop OS market.

Apple’s Mac OS is the world’s second widely used desktop operating system, despite being used only on Mac devices. However, the market share of Mac OS declined to 8.98% in July 2019, from 9.11% in July 2018, and 9.15% in June 2019.

Meanwhile, Linux OS remained the third widely used desktop operating system globally. The Linux desktop market share increased to 2.10% in July 2019, from 1.92% in July 2018. That’s 0.18 percentage points year-over-year increase.

The usage of Chrome OS on desktop computers remains less than 1% for the last two years. As of July 2019, Chrome OS has only a 0.07% share in the desktop operating system market, globally. That’s a notable 0.33 percentage points decline from the previous month.

About Operating Systems: Additional Information

An operating system (OS), in its most general sense, is a program that manages hardware and allows a user to run other programs on a computing device.

While the research in the field of Operating System started in 1950, the first major breakthrough came only in 1962 when the first recognisable modern Operating System was built. Atlas Supervisor was the first program that successfully managed hardware to provide a controlled environment to various programs.

Almost every device that contains a processor is controlled by the Operating System nowadays. While there are many companies who have either launched or working on their own Operating System, there are three tech giants who dominate the global Operating System market.

Desktop Market is completely controlled by Windows OS created by Microsoft. In the last 3 decades, Microsoft introduced various versions of Windows OS, latest being Windows 10 OS. While almost every other company work on Windows OS, Apple has got its own Mac OS.

In the mobile space, Google’s Android is the undisputed king due to the strong app ecosystem and availability to other smartphone manufacturers. Unlike Android, Apple has decided to keep its own operating system for mobile devices, named as iOS, restricted only for devices made by the company itself.


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