Operating-System/Browser share (January 2020)

[German]It's early February 2020, and Windows 7 has reached end of support. Time to take a look at the current market shares of desktop operating systems as of the end of January 2020.


Windows dominates the desktop

Looking at the latest figures from netmarketshare.com (to January 2020), Windows still runs on 88.14% (Dec. 2019: 86.84%) of desktop systems. Mac OS runs on 9.74% (Dec.2019: 11.9%), while Linux runs on 1.4% (Dec. 1.61%) of the systems. So there is virtually no real change in market share, Windows dominates the desktop and even managed to win slightly.

Desktop Operatingsystem Share 1/2020
(Operating system shares Desktop 1-2020, source: netmarketshare.com)

Desktop versions at a glance

In the analysis of the distribution by operating system version, the NetMarketShare for desktop operating systems website shows the following distribution for the end of January 2020:

  • Windows 10 has 57.08% (previous month 54.62%),
  • Windows 7 is at 25.56% (previous month 26.64%),
  • Windows 8.1 still comes to 3.38% (previous month 3.63%),
  • and macOS 10.14 comes to 3.12 % (previous month 3.50 %)

So Windows 10 was able to increase slightly compared to December 2019, the end of support for Windows 7 in January 2020 has shown its effect. Although Windows 7 has lost just over one percent of its market share, it still runs on every fourth desktop system.

Betriebssystemanteile Windows 1-2020, Quelle: netmarketshare.com
(Operating system shares Windows 1-2020, source: netmarketshare.com)


I was a bit surprised by the decrease in macOS, but this may be due to statistical fluctuations. With 1.36% (average value over 12 months) Linux does not appear in the above chart. But what you can also state: The switch from Windows 7 to Windows 10 did not take place at least in January 2020. People stay with the operating systems currently in use.

Browser distribution on the desktop

This time I would also like to take a look at the browser distribution on the desktop, because in January 2020 the Chromium Edge was introduced as an innovation. In terms of browsers on desktop systems, Google Chrome is the undisputed leader with 66.93%, followed by Firefox (8.12%). The new Chromium Edge jumps to 7.02% (previous month 6.47%) and Internet Explorer comes in at 6.24% (previous month 5.77%). There are hardly any changes to the previous month.

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