In 2020, more Chromebooks than Macs were sold worldwide for the first time, which also increased the user base of Google’s Chrome OS and surpassed Apple’s MacOS for the first time. As “Geekwire” reports on the basis of data from IDC, this development has meant that Windows continues to dominate the market for operating systems, but has suffered significant losses.
Specifically, Windows had a market share of 87.5 percent in the first quarter of 2020, while MacOS held 5.8 and Chrome OS 5.3 percent. In the third quarter, Windows’ market share fell to 78.9 percent and in Q4 to 76.7 percent. MacOS was able to increase to 8.4 percent in Q3, but then lost again in Q4 and ended the year with a market share of 7.7 percent. Chrome OS, on the other hand, already recorded 11.5 percent market share in the third quarter and was able to increase this to 14.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020. Despite the uncertain economic situation, a trend is emerging in the first year of the pandemic, the consequences of which are still difficult to assess. In the third quarter of last year, a study by Canalys said that Chromebooks and detachables would sell well at the expense of traditional PCs (“Swiss IT Reseller” reported). In the education sector in particular, cheap Chromebooks are likely to continue to gain popularity. (luc)