Google Android vs Microsoft Windows market share - March 2017

Milestone in technology history as Android overtakes Windows to become world’s most popular OS

Android is now the world’s most popular operating system, capturing the position that for a long time has been held by Microsoft Windows. With 37.93 percent market share, Android edges out Windows which recorded a share of 37.91% in March.

The data is from StatCounter, which tracks visits to websites. It is from a sample of 2.5 million sites, following 15 billion page views in March.

According to Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter, the development is a landmark moment in the history of technology.

“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.”

Unsurprisingly, Cullen attributed the rise of smartphones and the decline of home PCs as a key factor in the change, as well as the significance of Asia within the international tech market.

Although Windows is still the most popular platform in Europe and North America, Android has secured 52.2% of the market in Asia, compared to Windows’ share of 29.2%.