Desktop operating systems: market share in the United Kingdom (UK) 2010-2019

Apple and Microsoft own a combined 94.02 percent share of the desktop operating system market in the United Kingdom (UK), as of 2019. Microsoft’s product, Windows, held 72.31 percent of the market, while Apple’s OS X held 21.71 percent of the market.

Browsers and search engines used on desktops

Desktop searches still made up the majority of search engine activity in 2018, with a 52.06 percent share of the search market, ahead of the 36.65 percent held by mobile phones. Google is not only the preferred search engine for 85.24 percent of desktop users, it is also the developer of Chrome, the preferred browser for 64.4 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 320.71 million British pounds in March 2019.

Market share of desktop operating systems in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2010 to 2019

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Release date

January 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2010 to 2019

Supplementary notes

The source does not provide any information regarding missing percentage points to 100 percent.

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