'For ages now, every annual report on desktop operating system market
share has had the same top two contenders: Microsoft's Windows in a
commanding lead at number one and Apple's macOS in distant second
place. But in 2020, Chrome OS became the second-most popular OS, and
Apple fell to third.
That's according to numbers from market data firm IDC and a report on
IDC's data by publication GeekWire. Chrome OS had passed macOS briefly
in individual quarters before, but 2020 was the first full year when
Apple's OS took third place.
Despite the fact that macOS landed in third, viewing this as an
example of Google beating out Apple directly might not be accurate.
Rather, it's likely that Chrome OS has been primarily pulling sales
and market share away from Windows at the low end of the market. Mac
market share actually grew from 6.7 percent in 2019 to 7.5 percent in
Meanwhile, Chrome OS skyrocketed from 6.4 percent in 2019 to 10.8
percent in 2020. Windows fell from 85.4 percent to 80.5 percent.'
Dept. of Computer Science
University of Waikato, NZ
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