Surprise, macOS: in 2020 Chrome OS became the second most used operating system in the world
Like those impossible Formula 1 overtaking that Alonso used to do. So has been the one Chrome OS has done to macOS. On the right and without almost anyone noticing of what was happening.
Google’s operating system is the big cover in the industry, but in 2020 it got a little bigger, and in fact according to IDC data became the second largest operating system in the world in market share.
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IDC numbers reveal that Chrome OS was steadily gaining ground on macOS throughout 2020. Not only that: it also scratched market share to Windows, which although it continues to dominate the market with solvency (it is in three out of every four PCs in the world) significantly reduced that dominant position.
Although other consulting firms do not seem to have such strong data —Statcounter Global Stats shows that Chrome OS has a global share of less than 2% compared to 17% of macOS, for example – in IDC they show how Google’s operating system share has been growing clearly and has passed 5.3% in the first quarter from 2020 to a prodigious 14.4% share in the fourth quarter.
MacOS ended the year with an 11.5% share, and Windows, which had started with 87.5%, ended with 76.7%. Almost everything gained by Chrome OS has been lost by Windows, and the lockdown appears to have particularly favored computers based on Google’s desktop operating system.
The keys may be in the price of Chromebooks, more affordable often and more attractive in price / performance ratio if one can do without Windows applications.
That, together with the support of Android apps in Chrome OS has allowed these teams to be increasingly versatile, and its popularity in the educational world It has probably reinforced this growth in recent months in which remote education has accompanied teleworking.
It is curious, especially because while Microsoft and Apple have made important announcements in their respective operating systems – especially in the case of Apple, with a macOS Big Sur compatible for the first time natively with its M1 chips with ARM architecture -, Google’s desktop operating system has hardly given anything to talk about and it continues to build its success on that total focus on the Chrome browser.
Via | GeekWire