Windows 10 finally has the market share of a flagship operating system

Windows 10 finally has the market share of a flagship operating system

WINDOWS 10 is finally starting to look like a flagship operating system if the number of users is a measure.

The March 2019 figures from Netmarketshare are out and show that Windows 10 is taking a commanding lead over rivals, less than six months after it finally overtook Windows 7.

The figures for desktop/laptop give Windows 10 a 43.62 per cent (+3.32 on last month) share of the pie, against Windows 7, which lest we forget has less than a year before hitting end of life, with 36.52 (-1.89).

We usually warn about margins of error here, but we can’t imagine a 7.1 per cent gulf to be just an anomaly – the traffic is now all going one way.

Although we’d all rather expunge Windows 8 from history, it still clings on with a total 4.88 share (-0.27), which is mostly from the more recent Windows 8.1 with 4.13 (-0.24). Windows 8 is already end of life with users able to upgrade to 8.1 for free.

Windows XP still has its fans, but considering there was a time when we thought it would never leave, its remaining 2.29 (-1.05) tells a sorry tale. We can only hope that when Windows 7 goes, it doesn’t have this many hangers-on. We never had this problem with Vista. Can’t think why.

Away from the Windows family, macOS 10.14 is now on 5.4 (+0.55), 10.13 is surprisingly steady on 2.23 (-0.03) 10.12 is on 0.98 (-0.08) and 10.11 is on 0.67 (-0.05) – giving the four most recent builds a total of 9.28 per cent of the desktop market. If it cracks the 10 mark (and it might) then Apple will have a lot to be happy about.

Casting the net wider to cover all form factors, and Windows 10 is still the biggest with 17.54 per cent. Windows 7 is just behind on 14.68. iOS 12.1 has 13.63, and Android 8.1 remains the most popular flavour (9.0 still doesn’t crack the top ten) on 8.87. The highest performing macOS build is on 2.17.

Fragmentation shows a very big story when we combine all the different versions of each OS. The most used operating system in the world is Android with 41.03 per cent. Windows is just behind with 35.17, iOS has 17.67, MacOS is on 3.99, Linux has 0.87 (not including all its embedded and enterprise versions) and Chrome OS is still winnowing away with 0.16.

And to round off with a bit of trivia – more people are using Series 40 Symbian than use Windows Phone. But more people are using Windows Phone than are using Blackberry’s RIM OS.