Google Android Overtake Microsoft Windows as World’s Most Popular OS


Google’s Android now world’s most popular operating system (OS) in terms of total internet usage across desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile combined, with 37.93% ahead of Microsoft Windows (37.91%) for the first time. According to a new report by StatCounter.

StatCounter: Internet usage based on operating systems Match 2012-March 2017


This is a milestone in technology history and the end of an era, 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.

commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter.

Main drivers of the breakthrough were:

  • Growth of smartphones to access the internet
  • Decline in sales of traditional PCs
  • Impact of Asia on the global market.

Windows won the desktop war but the battlefield moved on, 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).

Said Cullen.

StatCounter: Internet usage based on operating systems during March 2017

However, Windows still dominates the worldwide operating system desktop market (PC and laptop) with 84% internet usage share in March.

  • 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%).
  • Europe: Windows (51.7%) is more than twice the level of Android (23.6%).
  • Asia: Android is on 52.2% compared to 29.2% for Windows.

Source: StatCounter: Android overtakes Windows for first time

Additional Reference:
CIO Today: Google’s Android Unseats Windows as Most Popular Browsing Platform