Tech Columnist DAVID SNELLING published an article on the Windows 10 news update.
After years of total domination Windows 10 could soon be overtaken as the world’s biggest operating system for accessing the web.
New research from StatCounter has revealed that Google’s Android OS is catching Windows in terms of total internet usage across desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile combined.
The independent web analytics company said that in February this year Android came within striking distance of taking the top spot from Microsoft.
In fact, whilst Windows remained the most popular OS last month, with a 38.6% share of the market, Android was just over one per cent behind with 37.4%.
THE IDEA OF ANDROID ALMOST MATCHING WINDOWS WOULD HAVE BEEN UNTHINKABLE
“The idea of Android almost matching Windows would have been unthinkable five years ago,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter.
“In January 2012 Windows held 82% global internet usage share compared to just 2.2% for Android.”
He said that the development was a function of the growth of smartphones to access the internet as well as a slowdown in sales of traditional PCs plus the impact of Asia on the global market.
Windows still dominates the PC and laptop market with an 84.1% internet usage share in February but the battlefield has moved on.
StatCounter recently reported that in October 2016 internet usage by mobile and tablet devices exceeded desktop and laptop worldwide for the first time.
In North America Windows (all versions) maintained its lead across all platforms with 40.7% share in February followed by iOS (24.9%) and Android (20.3%).
ITS A SIMILAR STORY IN EUROPA WHERE WINDOWS IS MORE THAN TWICE
It’s a similar story in Europe where Windows (51.8%) is more than twice the level of Android (23.5%). However, in Asia, Android is now over 50% (51.8%) compared to 29.8% for Windows.
“Windows 10 will need to maintain momentum in order to combat the steady march of Android across all markets,” added Aodhan Cullen.
Along with a drop in internet usage from Windows also comes the news that Microsoft’s browsers are also facing a dip in popularity.
Net Applications’ data shows the number of PC users favouring Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer has plummeted from 62 per cent to just 27 per cent between March 2015 and February 2017.
As usage of Microsoft’s web browsers has dropped, Google has enjoyed remarkable success.
And Microsoft may face even more bad news after rumours have suggested the firm’s next smartphone has been delayed.
The hotly-anticipated new Windows 10 mobile device was thought to be in development now as Microsoft prepares its next big mobile release.
However a report has now claimed that the Surface Phone release date has now been pushed back significantly as Microsoft switches its focus back to the struggling Windows 10 Mobile platform.
The news of Android catching up the Windows platform comes as Microsoft prepares to unveil its next big update.
Previous reports had claimed that the update, codenamed Redstone 3, was set to launch around August, marking two years after the official release of Windows 10.
More information about the new update is expected to be revealed at Microsoft’s Build conference in May, but some features for the new software have already been teased.
Top of the list is apparently an all-new design for Windows 10, with the update bringing a fresh look for the software.
Codenamed ‘Project Neon’, the new-look Windows 10 appears to bring in a number of stylistic improvements, including boosted animations and blue to apps.
Microsoft has already made the new tools available to developers, as part of its aims to help teams build new and ‘beautiful apps’.
Project Neon is also set to bring a number of improvements to Windows 10’s 3D functions, and the link between the software and its HoloLens headset.
Google is also expected to unveil its new Android OS in May with it expected to be called Oreo.
Android 8.0 will be shown off at Google I/O in with several exciting new features and tools expected to be included.
These include something called Copy Less, which looks to make it easier to send information via text, as it will give your device the ability to automatically detect the relevant information you would want to copy from a source when you’re sending a text or an email.
Also set to be included is another key time-saving feature that looks to have been borrowed straight from Apple’s iOS.
Now, tapping on an address in a message will open up the location on Google Maps, cutting out the need to copy and paste details from one app into another.
Lastly, Android O could also include drawable gesture for the first time – so drawing a letter on your display would bring up applicable contacts or apps.