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The above graph represents the monthly distribution of the operating system market share worldwide, starting from May 2016 to July 2019. Android, Windows OS, iOS and Mac OS are the world’s top operating systems that run either on desktops/laptops, mobiles or tablets.

Last Updated23 August 2019
Graph ID441
DurationMay 2016 – July 2019

Android is the most popular mobile OS in the world, followed by iOS. Android continues to dominate the worldwide mobile operating system market with 39.11% share as of July 2019.

On the other hand, Apple’s iOS holds a 17.36% share in the global mobile OS market.

Microsoft’s Windows OS is the widely used desktop OS in the world, followed by Apple’s Mac OS. However, the share of Windows in the global desktop OS market declined from a whopping 59.76% in July 2016 to 38.25% in July 2019. While Mac OS market share declined from 6.75% in July 2016 to 3.88% in July 2019.

Rest Linux, Chrome OS, Series 40, Windows Phone OS and RIM OS all have less than 1% market share.

Overall (desktop, mobile and tablet), the Linux OS market share declined drastically from 1.40% in July 2016 to just 0.92% in July 2019. However, it is the leading operating system on servers and other big iron systems such as mainframe computers. In fact, all of the world’s fastest 500 supercomputers run Linux-based operating systems, especially since November 2017. It currently accounts for 2.10% share on the global desktop computing market.

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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