According to StatCounter, Googles Android OS has now taking over from Microsoft Windows as the most used operating system when it comes to internet usage. 37.93% for Android compared to 37.91% for Windows. This is the beginning of the end of a very long era for Windows. And I'm sure that Android will keep grow and grow. Personally I think that a lot of users will stop using Windows and other desktop OS when technologies like Samsung's DeX Station will be more popular and known to the public. It can handle most of the stuff people use computers for.
Android Overtakes Windows for First Time – StatCounter
“Milestone in technology history and end of an era” as Microsoft no longer owns dominant OS
Android now world’s most popular operating system in terms of internet usage
April 03, 2017 06:41 AM Eastern Daylight Time
SAN FRANCISCO & DUBLIN
(BUSINESS WIRE)Google’s Android has overtaken Microsoft Windows for the first time as the world’s most popular operating system (OS) in terms of total internet usage across desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile combined.
The research arm of StatCounter, the independent web analytics company, finds that in March, Android topped the worldwide OS internet usage market share with 37.93%, which puts it marginally ahead of Windows (37.91%) for the first time.
“This is a milestone in technology history and the end of an era,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. “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.”
Worldwide chart: http://gs.statcounter.com/download/os_mar_2012_2017_ww.png
Cullen said that main drivers of the breakthrough were growth of smartphones to access the internet, a decline in sales of traditional PCs and the impact of Asia on the global market.
However, Windows still dominates the worldwide operating system desktop market (PC and laptop) with a 84% internet usage share in March.
“Windows won the desktop war but the battlefield moved on,” said Cullen. "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)."
In North America Windows (all versions) maintained its lead across all platforms with 39.5% share in March followed by iOS (25.7%) and Android (21.2%). It’s a similar story in Europe where Windows (51.7%) is more than twice the level of Android (23.6%). However, in Asia, Android is on 52.2% compared to 29.2% for Windows.
OS market share map: http://gs.statcounter.com/os-market-share#monthly-201703-201703-map