What is the most popular operating system?

Updated: 01/24/2018 by Computer Hope
An collage of operating system terms.

Today, many different versions of Windows, macOS, Linux, and mobile operating systems are available. So, what is the most popular operating system?

According to all of the StatCounter Global Stats reports as of September 2017, Windows 7 is the most popular desktop computer operating system. However, if you also include all mobile devices Android is the most popular operating system globally.

Most popular operating system by computer

If you were to break up the different types of computers into categories, the most popular operating system for each category is as follows.

StatCounter Global Stats

Most popular operating systems (OS)

Lists of operating system market share

Below is a list of reports and websites you can find a complete list of the top operating systems based on their market share.

Additional information