Android Overtakes Windows as Most Popular Operating System

Somehow we thought this had already happened, but it appears Google’s Android has just overtaken Windows as the internet’s most popular operating system.

That’s according to web analytics firm StatCounter, which on Monday released statistics marking the “milestone in technology history and end of an era” with Microsoft no longer owning the dominant OS when you look at internet usage across desktop and mobile devices combined.

With Android a mobile OS, the news is just another reminder of the dominance of portable devices in our lives. StatCounter found that in March, Android grabbed a 37.93 percent share of the worldwide OS internet market, barely overtaking Microsoft Windows’ 37.91 percent share for the first time. And note the trend lines in the chart below: Windows is on a steady march down from 82 percent in 2012, while Android is mirroring it upward from 2.2 percent in the same five-year period.

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SOURCE: Cnet, Michelle Meyers