Microsoft’s Home windows is by far the preferred working system (OS) within the desktop PC market in South Africa, however Apple’s macOS has seen extra growth within the nation over the previous decade.

That is in response to market share information for many main desktop working programs. GlobalStats StatCounter,

The newest information from the platform estimated that Home windows was working on 61.96% of South African computer systems in August 2022, whereas MacOS was at 8.63%.

This may counsel a radical drop in market share for Microsoft’s OS to over 30%, in comparison with a greater than 5% improve for Apple’s over the identical interval.

Linux was the third hottest OS, by a ways, claiming a share of 1.39%, adopted by the most recent child on the block – Google’s ChromeOS – with 0.31%.

The graph under exhibits the market share of the biggest desktop working programs in South Africa as of August 2022, in response to GlobalStats information.

Though the figures for Apple, Linux and ChromeOS look real looking, StatCounter’s information features a unusual discrepancy that has entered its information and severely affected Home windows’ market share.

An “unknown” working system appeared within the second half of 2015, shortly after Home windows 10 was launched in July of the identical 12 months.

Curiously, its ensuing rise and fall had an virtually direct inverse impact on Home windows market share.

Between August 2009 and August 2014, the Home windows market share in South Africa progressively fell from 95.19% to 91.29%, which is lower than a 4 share level lower in 5 years.

Apple’s MacOS progress seems to have elevated over the identical interval, up 3.7 share factors over the identical interval.

However between August 2014 and August 2015, Home windows market share fell 4.96 share factors a 12 months, whereas the share of the newly unknown OS rose from 0% to five.02%.

The next 12 months, Home windows market share declined by an unbelievable 10.17 factors, whereas Unknown OS grew by 9.85 factors on the identical time.

In these two years, MacOS elevated its share by about 0.85 p.c, whereas Linux adoption declined by 0.13%.

assuming unknown can be home windows

It’s unlikely that information from StatCounter, one other desktop working system prevalent in South Africa, stays unaccounted for.

This may counsel that the info for this new “unknown” OS may very well be for sure variations of Home windows 10.

Additional backing it’s that vital month-to-month fluctuations in Home windows and unknown OS market share usually happen within the months when Microsoft rolled out main updates.

Counting this along with Home windows market share exhibits a extra real looking motion in Home windows market share – from 91.29% in August 2014 to 89.63% in August 2022.

The graph under exhibits how the market share of desktop working programs modified between August 2013 and August 2022, assuming that the “Unknown OS” from StatCounter is definitely a particular model of Home windows 10.

Trying on the particular Home windows variations, it seems that South Africans are reluctant to modify to Home windows 11.

As of August 2022, solely 13.81% of customers had been working the brand new working system.

Curiously, that is lower than double that of customers working 13 12 months previous Home windows 7, which accounts for 7.16% of Home windows market share.

Home windows 10 nonetheless holds a commanding lead. After beginning the 12 months at 83.22%, South African computer systems accounted for 74.95% of Home windows variations as of August 2022.

The much-disliked Home windows 8.1 and the even-hated Home windows 8 claimed 2.75% and 0.93% of the market share, whereas the previous favourite Home windows XP nonetheless held on with round 0.26%.

The chart under exhibits the market share of every Home windows model in South Africa as of August 2022, in response to GlobalStats.

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