Windows 10 market share drops as Ubuntu record growth


The market share of Windows 10 declined in April 2020, with
Ubuntu, Linux and macOS the top operating systems to benefit
from this decline. Windows 7, on the other hand, also declined
in the latest report, which makes sense given it no longer
receives security patches.

While the market share of Windows 10 is expected to grow after
the Redmond firm retired Windows 10, this isn’t what happened
in April 2020 as macOS and Ubuntu registered growth.

The market share changes could be due to fewer businesses using
Windows 10 as some companies have shuttered most of their
workplaces indefinitely during the health crisis. As a result,
operating systems other than Windows 10 such as Ubuntu are
statistically more represented in the market share report.

According to NetMarketShare data, Windows 10 dropped from
57.34% to 56.08% in April and macOS improved from 3.41% to
4.15%. The combined market share of Linux and Ubuntu increased
to 2.86%.

April market share
Image Courtesy: NetMarketShare

Windows 7 once again declined and the OS now holds a market
share of 25.59%. Users who are still stuck with Windows 7 are
recommended to upgrade their devices to a Windows version that
still gets updates, such as Windows 10.

The security flaws in Windows 7 would remain unpatched if the
eligible businesses don’t buy the extended support package from

The market share of Windows 10 is expected to rise after
Microsoft releases May 2020 Update, which comes with improved
Windows Subsystem for Linux. For people who run both Windows 10
and Linux, Microsoft is adding Linux file integration into File

The May 2020 Update adds a Linux icon in the left navigation
pane of File Explorer if you have Windows Subsystem for Linux
installed. Users have been able to access Linux files in
Explorer since last year, but this new icon is a subtle change,
and also a welcome one.

Windows Subsystem for Linux

Previously, users would have to launch Linux distro, configure
the home directory and then finally access the files after
launching ‘explorer.exe’ command. With May 2020 Update, you’ll
be able to get to your Linux files in File Explorer without any
additional steps or commands.

The May 2020 Update is expected to launch on May 28, 2020.

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