Looking closer, you can see Windows' loss didn't come because users are switching to other desktop operating systems. MacOS still comes in at No. 2, with 9.2 percent. All other operating systems, with Chrome OS leading the way at 1.1 percent, amount to only 2 percent.
True, other sites show desktop Linux gaining serious market share. NetMarketShare reports Linux has held more than two percent of the market since June 2016, while W3counter reports that Linux accounted for 3.80 percent of desktops in December 2016. However, since neither site broke out Chrome OS, I suspect that vast majority of these gains go to Chrome OS' credit rather than traditional Linux desktops.
The real reason Windows has sunk below the 50-percent mark is that smartphones and tablets are continuing to grow while the desktop keeps shrinking. The PC still accounts for 59 percent of the total government website visitors, but smartphones -- at 35.1 percent -- keep growing.
As Ranjit Atwal, a Gartner research director, recently said: "The PC market has been on a downward trend for five years and we've lost around 25 percent of the market over that time. It's starting to hit bottom and we expect that to steady moving forward as businesses, rather than consumers start to refresh their PCs."
So, it shouldn't come as too much of a shock that the No. 2 end-user operating system is Apple iOS, with 22.9 percent. Hefty price-tag and all, we love our now decade-old iPhones.
By DAP's count, Windows 7 still has a serious lead -- 26.2 percent to 17.2 percent -- over Windows 10. The never-popular Windows 8 family's Windows 8.1 is a distant third, with 3.5 percent. XP, with a mere 0.9 percent, is finally out its way out the door. Vista (0.7 percent) and Windows 8 (0.6 percent) are barely hanging on.
What it all means is that while Windows is still the top desktop operating system dog, the desktop has clearly fallen to second place for end-users. We have become, like it or not, mobile users first and desktop users second.