OS /Windows/Browser Share (August 2020)

[German]At the beginning of September 2020, I would like to take a look at the current figures for desktop operating system share as of the end of August 2020. Furthermore, there is a look at the browser shares on the desktop.


In July 2020 I had omitted this overview – so I was curious to see what the figures would look like.

Windows on the desktop

Looking at the latest figures from netmarketshare.com (to the end of August 2020), Windows still runs on 86.98% (previous month 87.03) of desktop systems. Mac OS comes to 9.55% (previous month: 8.95%), while Linux falls to 2.59% (previous month: 3.57%). So no real change in market share, Windows continues to dominate the desktop, although it has had to give up a little bit every now and then in the last few months.

OS share Desktop 8.2020
(OS share Desktop 8.2020, Source: Netmarketshare)

There is this article on Softpedia, where the trend towards Linux is stated. The reason was that Zorin OS announced that 900.000 downloads had taken place. But this is nothing against 1 billion Windows 10 systems – statistically not relevant. 

Desktop OS versions at a glance

In the analysis of the distribution by operating system version, the NetMarketShare for Desktop Operating Systems web page shows the following distribution: 


  • Windows 10 comes to 60.57% (previous month 59.37%),
  • Windows 7 is at 22.31% (previous month 23.34%),
  • Windows 8.1 comes nevertheless still on 2,69% (previous month 2,87%),
  • and macOS 10.15 comes to 5.03 % (previous month 4.53 %).

So Windows 10 has gained a little ground compared to the previous month, the end of support for Windows 7 in January 2020 shows little effect. Windows 7 continues to run on almost every fourth desktop system.

OS Share Desktop 8-2020, Source: netmarketshare.com
(OS Share Desktop 8-2020, Source: netmarketshare.com)

Compared to June 2020, macOS switched to OS X 10.15 and made a strong leap to the 5.03%. Linux does not actually appear in the above chart. Which one can state however also: The change from Windows 7 to Windows 10 did not take place in the previous month 2020 either. The people remain on the currently used operating systems. The distribution of Windows 10 on the systems is not shown in the above list – and I don't comment on AdDuplex numbers here in the blog (too uncertain). Therefore I refer to this article from MSPU, where the speculative figures from August 2020 are outlined.

Browser share on the desktop

Also for the past month I would like to take a look at the browser distribution on the desktop, because in January 2020 the Chromium Edge was released as an innovation. Among browsers on desktop systems, Google Chrome is the undisputed leader with 70.89% (previous month 71.11%), followed by the Edge, which rises to second place with 8.52% (previous month 8.09%). The share of the Chromium Edge is increasing – as Microsoft is using tricks to push the browser onto the systems and support for the Legacy Edge will end in early 2021. Firefox has to be satisfied with 7.11 % (previous month 7.36 %), but is losing market share. Internet Explorer comes to 3.64% (previous month 4.06%), so it is fading out slowly.

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