Windows 10 Marketshare Drops During Pandemic

Windows 10 Marketshare Drops During Pandemic

During the current pandemic that has millions sheltering in place, a strange technology trend has emerged. Windows 10 usage declined from 57.3% to 56.0%. While this may seem insignificant in the scheme of things, it is one of the few times we’ve seen a quarterly decrease in Windows 10 usage. During the same period Linux usage surged from 1.36% to 2.87%. MacOS usage was up as well reaching 4.15%, where the OS previously had only 3.41%. Ubuntu Linux went from a mere 0.27% to a whopping 1.36%.

These numbers may be small in comparison to Windows overall marketshare, but they still indicate huge growth for non-Windows operating systems. Many analysts are saying this is a result of people using their home computers to access the Internet during the global lockdown. While the majority of the population usse Windows at work, they often choose an alternate OS for home use. Who knew?

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