Android smashes Windows' dominance to be top platform
Google's Android has toppled Microsoft's Windows as the world's dominant computing platform for the first time since the 1980s.
Windows has been the world's most popular operating system since shortly after it was first released three decades ago. But last month Android, which runs on four out of five smartphones around the world, overtook the PC giant in terms of number of people using it to browse the internet.
"This is a milestone in technology history and the end of an era," said Aodham Cullen, chief executive of StatCounter, which calculated the change.
Almost 38pc of all internet usage on desktop, laptop and mobile across the world was from devices running Android in March 2017, according to StatCounter. The software boasted a 37.93pc market share compared with Windows' 37.91pc.
"It marks the end of Microsoft's leadership worldwide of the operating system market, which it has held since the 1980s," said Mr Cullen. "It also represents a major breakthrough for Android which held just 2.4pc of global internet usage share only five years ago."
While Microsoft has maintained the desktop market share, with 84pc of those browsing the internet from a desktop using Windows, the technology giant has struggled to compete in a world increasingly dominated by smartphones.
Microsoft attempted to challenge the grip on the smartphone industry enjoyed by Android and Apple's iOS.
But its own mobile software struggled to compete and now accounts for only a fraction of a percentage of mobile phone sales.