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Desktop operating systems: market share in the United Kingdom (UK) 2017-2020

Apple and Microsoft own a combined 95.5 percent share of the desktop operating system market in the United Kingdom (UK), as of 2019. Microsoft’s product, Windows, held 66.81 percent of the market, while Apple’s OS X held 28.69 percent of the market.

Browsers and search engines used on desktops

Desktop searches made up the 45.51 percent of search engine activity in 2020, just behind of the 47.64 percent held by mobile phones. Google is not only the preferred search engine for 86.11 percent of desktop users, it is also the developer of Chrome, the preferred browser for 59.65 percent of internet users in the UK.

Share of households with home computers steady

The share of households with home computers in the UK has remained steady since 2015-16, with 88 percent of households owning such a machine according to the UK Office for National Statistics. The average weekly retail sales value of computers and telecommunications in the UK amounted to 339 million British pounds in November 2020.

Market share of desktop operating systems in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2017 to 2020

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Release date

February 2021


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2010 to 2020

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