Windows loses the market share growth battle against Linux

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read
Windows Linux market share battle

Windows suffered its largest market share collapse in August, and its rival Linux experienced the most substantial market share increase in the last year.

Windows market share statistics

In August, Windows dropped to a 90.70% market share from 91.45% from July, despite Microsoft’s effort. This drop of 0.75% is the biggest one that the operating system had recorded since April 2016. Back then, the OS’s market share collapsed from 90.45% to 88.77%.

The whole drop in performance is strange because Microsoft completed the rollout of its Windows 10 Creators Update and besides that, the company is also finishing the development of the latest version of the operating system ready for launch on October 17.

Other operating systems in numbers

Linux has been considered Windows’ rival for a very long time. In August, the operating system managed to experience the highest growth in the last year. It has improved its share from 2.53% in July to 3.37%. More and more users who are ditching Windows are choosing Linux. The growth experienced by Linux is quite impressive because in only four months the OS jumped from less than 2% to 3.37%. In May, the open-source platform was only running on just 1.99% of desktop systems throughout the world.

Windows still powers 9 out of 10 PCs

There’s still good news regarding Windows. At least, the operating system’s  market share didn’t drop below 90%. This means that Windows is still in charge powering 9 out of 10 PCs all over the world. Back in July 2016 Windows experienced a collapse below 90%  and it was running only on 89.79% of all the PCs out there. The next month it grew to 90.52%, so things started to go better again.

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