Top eight Desktop and Mobile operating systems

We take a look at the last six month’s inevitable changes to the trends of Operating Systems usage in 2016.  How do they compare to the previous year?

According to the global statistics collected by StatCounter, we have seen Windows 10 usage sharply increase since it’s release in July 2015.  The graph below shows the Desktop & Mobile Operating System share trends for the past six months leading into January 2017

Desktop and Mobile OS Results

With the statistics in mind its interesting to see that there is still a far amount of XP users out there, even Windows 8.1 is not that far ahead. Whereas it is clear to see the rise of Windows 10 as more users are finally getting the confidence to start moving away from the most popular release of Windows 7 that was released almost eight years ago. So will Windows 10 diminish the figures of the previous Windows operating systems?

Lets take a closer look at the Windows OS figures from last year.

Windows OS Comparison Pie Chart

So we have looked at the world of desktop operating system, what about the mobile operating systems?

It is fairly obvious to say that since the first commercial version of the android operating system was released in September 2008, Androids OS had emerged with it taking two years before knocking Symbian off the top spot. A lot has changed since the first release with there being many updates being designed to help run the up to date software applications. As Android continues to increase its market share, the figures for iOS are a solid as a rock, in one year it has not moved a great percentage.

Mobile OS Comparison Table

Android are clear winners in the overall usage on mobile platforms leaving nothing left of poor old Symbian which has since discontinued.  The battle it seems will be between the two giants.  It seems almost impossible for Apple to close the gap but rest assured they will maintain their fair share for time to come.

My prediction is that the overall figures for 2018 is that everything pretty much stay the same.  Windows 10 will increase a little more, Windows 7 & 8 will naturally die out slowly like XP did and the mobile world will stay the same all but a few percent between Apple and Android.  However, hardware and software technologies are changing all the time.  I’m still finding it fairly difficult to fathom that Windows 10 or “Windows as a service” will be Microsoft’s last numbered version of a Windows OS.

Will there be any other competition to think about for next year?  Maybe Google’s Chrome OS is a sleeping giant?