Windows Drops Below 90-Percent Market Share

You will have to go deep into the history books of desktop computing to find market share numbers of desktop operating systems, but it appears that the last time Microsoft was at about 90% was somewhere around 1990, when Windows 3.0 was introduced.

According to Net Applications, the main reason for the decline of Windows (down to 89.7%) is the rise of iOS, which is now at 2.05% - and argument that, of course, only applies if you agree to consider iOS as a desktop OS. Mac OS X keeps gaining, but is still in the 5% range (5.25%) and Linux holds the just-under-1% mark (0.95%).

In a certain way, you could argue that Microsoft has a problem, despite its stellar Windows 7 sales. Windows 7 is now at 22.31%, up 1.44 points from December. However, XP and Vista are losing share faster than Windows 7 can gain (XP is down to 55.26% and Vista down to 11.66%). The scenario may be a bit distorted because of the inclusion of iOS in the statistic, but there is surely a trend that should make Microsoft think. There was a time when IE dropped below 90% market share and Microsoft now has to find creative ways not to lose the 50% bar.

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  • zachary k
    iOS? thats not a real OS.
  • JE_D
    I want to be able to:
    1. Run any hardware
    2. Have inexpensive upgrade options
    3. Play any Game
    4. DO WHATEVER THE F*** I want to do on my Computer.

    To me: Windows is the only OS that fulfills my requirements.

    Regarding IE:
    There are no real repercussions for using a different browser.(eg. Firefox, Chrome)
    that is why IE lost so much market share.
    So saying that IE market share might have anything to do with the Windows OS Market share is absurd
  • bavman
    i dont think mobile platforms should be considered in this
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  • ben BOys
    Lucky thing the number of PC users have gone up otherwise this would be a terrible statistic
  • JeanLuc
    Including mobile numbers is fine just so long as it includes Windows mobile, CS versions as well (which don't seem to be listed which is silly given how much of the mobile market Microsoft eats up which is about a third) after all this is OS market share isn't it not just desktop market share?

    I think in the next ten years you will see Google start to eat into Microsoft's market share and this is something Microsoft recognises since Windows 8 will have a non x86 based version Windows to compete with Google.
  • zachary k
    iOS? thats not a real OS.