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Android Overtakes Windows As #1 OS

In a sign of just how much smartphones have displaced the traditional PC paradigm, StatCounter say that Google’s Android platform has now surpassed even Windows as the world’s biggest OS.

In terms of total internet usage across desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile, they say Android now edges out Microsoft to take the top spot with 37.93% market share.

In comparison, Windows came in at 37.91%.

“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.”

While Windows now trails Google by a scant 0.02%, StatCounter say it still dominates the worldwide operating system desktop market (PC and laptop) with a 84% internet usage share in March – a figure which says as much about the size of smartphone net usage as it does the dominance of Microsoft in the desktop market.

“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)” he said.

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