About This Statistic
The statistic shows the market share held by operating systems on desktop computers worldwide, from 2012 to 2017. In February 2017, the market share of the Windows operating system range stood at 84 percent. Operating systems are a variety of system software that manage computer hardware and software resources, acting as the intermediary between programs and the hardware. Aside from firmware, all computer programs need an operating system on which to run. The most popular operating systems provide a graphical user interface that attempts to simplify the user's experience.