Lots of folks are switching to Mac and Chromebook systems, but not as many as you might think. Numbers from Netmarketshare show that 89% of folks using desktops and laptops are still using the Windows operating system.  Mac OS is a distant second at just under 8%, while Linux has actually seen a significant increase from the last few years and is found on 2.31% of laptops and desktops. Chromebooks haven’t even hit the 1% mark yet.


When you break down Windows users by operating system, Windows 7 is still the king. It’s found on 45% of laptops and desktops. But don’t forget, Windows 7 support ends two years from now on January 14, 2020. So, if you’re one of those users, it’s time to start planning for an upgrade or a new device.

Windows 10 is in second place on just under 27% of devices. Windows 8.1 is found on just under 7% of PCs.

Windows XP has dropped to just about 8%. But even that number is troubling since this OS hasn’t been supported for nearly 4 years.  Windows Vista is also no longer supported, but it’s found on less than 1% of devices.

I’d like to do a thoroughly unscientific survey and ask which operating system you’re using.  Let me know in the comments.  If you’re using Windows 7, have you made plans to upgrade?