Mobile and Desktop Operating Systems Market Share

Have you ever wondered which is more popular – Windows or Mac OS?

Have you ever pondered who is winning in the Android vs iOS race for market share?

Have you ever thought about the value of Google Chromebook in the educational system?

If the answer to at least one of those questions is yes, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve got exactly the operating systems market share stats you need.

  • Windows 10 has a desktop/laptop market share of 39.22%, making it the most popular desktop OS.
  • 5.26% of Windows PCs still run Windows XP.
  • MacOS Mojave has a worldwide market share of 42.52% among Mac users.
  • Current Linux desktop share is 1.74 – 2.18%.
  • 85% of smartphones globally run on Android.
  • iOS 12.1 has 55.39% of market share.
  • Windows Phone’s market share fell down to the measly 0.1% in 2017

There we go.

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Desktop Operating Systems Market Share


  • In April 2019, Windows had a desktop market share of 79.24%.
    (Source: StatCounter)
  • Windows 10 had a desktop/laptop market share of 39.22%. This established it as the most popular operating system on the market.
    (Source: The Inquirer)
  • Windows 7 was used by 33.38%.
    (Source: StatCounter)
  • 6.05% of users relied on Windows 8.1.
    (Source: StatCounter)
  • 2.2% of people used Windows 8.
    (Source: StatCounter)
  • 5.26% of Windows PCs still ran on Windows XP.
    (Source: WIRED)
  • Microsoft’s revenue for 2018 was $110.36 billion. That is a 14.28% increase since 2017.
    (Source: Macrotrends)
  • Microsoft’s revenue for Q1 of 2019 was $30.571 billion.
    (Source: Macrotrends)


  • OS X reached a 14.64% desktop market share during the period of April 2018 – April 2019.
    (Source: StatCounter)
  • MacOS reached 9.65% of the desktop/laptop OS market share in February 2019.
    (Source: AppleWorld)
  • MacOS Mojave has a market share of 42.52% among MacOS users.
    (Source: StatCounter)
  • MacOS High Sierra is the second most popular MacOS flavor, with a 23.95% market share.
    (Source: StatCounter)
  • MacOS Sierra comes third, with a global market share of 12.08%.
    (Source: StatCounter)
  • 10.36% of computers and laptops run on OS X El Capitan.
    (Source: StatCounter)
  • OS X 10.10 is used by 6.2%.
    (Source: StatCounter)
  • Apple Mac computers reached $5,513 million in revenue in Q4 of 2018.
    (Source: Statista)

Google Chrome OS

  • In 2016, Chrome OS’s’ K-12 market share reached 51%, which marked the first time it surpassed Apple.
    (Source: USA TODAY)
  • In 2018, Chrome OS had a 60% market share among all laptops and tablets in the U.S. K-12 classrooms.
    (Source: CNBC)
  • According to Google, up to 30 million Chromebooks are being used in education currently.
    (Source: 9to5Google)
  • Chromebook’s market size is expected to go over 17 million units by 2023.
    (Source: Global Market Insights)
  • Chrome OS has a desktop market share of 1.35%.
    (Source: StatCounter)


  • The current Linux desktop market share is between 1.74 – 2.18%, according to the usage share of operating systems.
    (Source: W3Cook)
  • In April 2019, Linux’s desktop market share was estimated to be 1.63%.
    (Source: StatCounter)
  • Of all Linux users, 38.2% use Ubuntu as of May 2019.
    (Source: W3Techs)
  • 21.5% of users rely on Debian.
    (Source: W3Techs)
  • CentOS is used by 17.5%.
    (Source: W3Techs)
  • 2.2% use Red Hat.
    (Source: W3Techs)
  • 1.8% of Linux fans run Gentoo.
    (Source: W3Techs)


  • FreeBSD has a desktop market share of 0.01% as of April 2019.
    (Source: StatCounter)
  • An unknown OS has had a 3.13% desktop market share during the period of April 2018 – April 2019.
    (Source: StatCounter)

The conclusion here is that Windows has the highest desktop market share among operating systems. Most Windows users prefer Windows 10, making it the most popular OS.

Unsurprisingly, Mac comes second, with MacOS Mojave being the most popular among Apple users.

Google’s Chrome OS might not be the most used OS, not by a longshot, but it does dominate the educational statistics.

Linux’s percentages have had no drastic changes in the past few years. As most regular readers of Hosting Tribunal know, Linux dominates the world of hosting and powers all supercomputers but lags severely behind in personal computers.

Mobile Operating Systems Market Share


  • 85% of smartphones globally run on Android.
    (Source: CNET)
  • Android has 35.41% of the mobile operating systems market share worldwide, as of April 2019.
    (Source: StatCounter)
  • 8.1 Oreo dominates the Android market with a 18.47% market share.
    (Source: StatCounter)
  • 8.0 Oreo comes second, with a market share of 17.45%.
    (Source: StatCounter)
  • Surprisingly, 6.0 Marshmallow takes the third place, with 15.88%.
    (Source: StatCounter)
  • 7.0 Nougat is on 11.23% of Android devices.
    (Source: StatCounter)
  • 9.0 Pie holds 10.7% of market share.
    (Source: StatCounter)
  • Android’s smartphone market share is expected to reach 85.5% in 2022.
    (Source: IDC)


  • iOS has 13.28% of operating system market share worldwide, as of April 2019.
    (Source: StatCounter)
  • iOS 12.1 has a 55.39% market share.
    (Source: StatCounter)
  • iOS 12.2 follows closely, with 21.48%.
    (Source: StatCounter)
  • iOS 11.4 is third in this ranking, with 5.38% of the iOS market share.
    (Source: StatCounter)
  • iOS 10.3 has 3.46% of the mobile and tablet iOS market.
    (Source: StatCounter)
  • iOS 12.0 takes the fifth place, with 2.73% market share.
    (Source: StatCounter)
  • Apple reported revenue of $58 billion for Q2 of 2019. That’s a 5% decline from a year ago.
    (Source: Apple)

And here we are, witnessing again the Android vs iOS race for market share. The rivalry is notorious. For now, it seems Android is winning comfortably. We have Android with 85.41% vs iOS with 13.28%  of market share. The market competition, however, shows no signs of stopping any time soon.

The Programmers' Most Used

  • Windows 10 might be enjoying the highest operating systems market share, but statistics show programmers prefer Mac OS X when it comes to working. Windows 7 comes second, Linux rounds up the top 3, followed by Windows 10 at the fourth place.

    The Game Developers’ Choice

    • As of 2018, 53% of game developers were working on creating games for PC and Mac.
      (Source: WePC)
    • 38% of developers were working on games for smartphones and tablets.
      (Source: WePC)
    • Games for PS4/Pro were developed by 27% of developers.
      (Source: WePC)
    • 13% of the developers were working on games for web browsers.
      (Source: WePC)
    • 7% of game developers were creating games for Linux.
      (Source: WePC)

    Most games still get developed for Windows and Mac. Developers enjoy having that much processing power available for their creations, and the end result is attractive.

    Not surprisingly, only 7% of game developers pay any attention to Linux. The free OS has a fairly small market share, which spells out small ROI for any Linux game. (Sorry, Linux fans!)

    Richest Operating System Providers

    • As of 2018, the total value of all Apple goods was $1.09 trillion.
      (Source: Pocket-lint)
    • Microsoft’s total value is estimated at $860.83 billion.
      (Source: Pocket-lint)
    • Google’s total value is calculated at $101.8 billion
      (Source: MetroUK)

Final Top 3

Apple might not hold the biggest operating systems market share, but it sure is on top of the game, with the highest total value of all goods. Microsoft comes second, followed by Google. The big three are ruling the OS world.

So, time to answer the questions from the intro.

Between Windows and Mac, Windows is the sure winner in terms of operating systems market share. However, programmers prefer to work on MacOS.

That said, when it comes to education, they all bow to Chrome OS.

Android is currently in the lead on mobile and it intends to remain there. iOS aims to retain its premium status as it only gets featured on high-end devices – this singlehandedly leaves it out of the race for the top.

Whew! That was a lot of information.

Hopefully, you found it as fascinating as I did. Till next time!