Operating system (OS) of any computer is the vital component of it. It’s the OS which runs computer hardware. Operation system is the main system software of the computer system over which all other application software runs on.
To efficiently run any computer system, it needs a great operation system which easily and efficiently manages all computer hardware and software resources. So which OS you are using on your computer to get your daily digital tasks done. Most of the computer users use Microsoft Windows on their PC. Because Windows is the most popular operating system in the world and widely used by computer users.
Let we check a list of most used Operating systems worldwide. You can also use below list as best operating systems or alternative systems for your computer.
List Of Top 8 Most Popular Computer Operating Systems
1. Windows 7
Windows 7 is the most popular & used operating system worldwide. Till now, Windows 7 is most stable OS from Microsoft. About 56.41 percent of all computers in the world are using Windows 7. There are newer operating systems launched after Windows 7 but people are loving Windows 7. It is popular because of its great performance, ease of use, stability, compatibility and more.
2. Windows XP
Windows XP is like the older Windows 7. XP is the another operating system from Microsoft. You can make an estimate about XP’s popularity by that 400 million copies of XP was sold with in 5 years from the when it became available. About 1 billion copies has been sold till Apr, 2014. Its only Windows 7 which has surpassed the usage of Windows XP.
Extended support for XP ended on Apr 8, 2014. From this day Windows XP will not receive any security update. Previously its market share was quiet decent. Still now 13.57 % of computer users prefer Windows XP. But the use of Windows XP is decresing day by day
3. Windows 8.1
Windows 8.1 is the latest operating system from Microsoft. It is mainly an upgrade for Windows 8. This upgrade is given to fix the complaint of Windows 8 users. currently Windows 8.1 occupies a market share of about 12 percent. Though Windows 8.1 received better review than Windows 8 but still some problems are not fixed yet and many users are downgrading to Windows 7.
4. Windows 8
Windows 8 is successor of Windows 7 and has been negatively reviewed by most users. Windows 8 comes with new metro style interface and traditional start menu has been replaced with a new title interface. Tile start menu has been arrived to provide better UI to tablets. Usability of Windows 8 has been critically acclaimed. It occupies about 6.55 percent of market share.
5. Windows 10
Windows 10 bridges the gap between PCs and tablets without alienating anyone. The new OS combines the best bits of old and new Windows features into a cohesive package, while correcting nearly all of the missteps of Windows 8. The upgrade process is mostly painless, and free for most Windows 7 and 8 users.
Windows 10 delivers a refined, vastly improved vision for the future of computing with an operating system that’s equally at home on tablets and traditional PCs — and it’s a free upgrade for most users.
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6. Mac OS X 10.9
Mac OS X is a series of UNIX-based operating system developed by Apple Inc. OS X is developed only for Apple Mac systems. Mac OS X 10.9 is most used version of OS X with 2.79 percent of market share in OS arena.You can say its bad because of its low market share. In fact OS X is the most advanced OS in the world. The reason for low market share is that OS X is only designed for Mac computers and Mac are quite expensive. OS X is most beautifully crafted OS among all.
7. Windows Vista
Windows Vista is the successor of Windows XP. Aero style interface was first bring to Vista in 2005. Vista was highly criticized for compatibility issues, performance issues, high system requirements. Till Nov, 2014 market share of Vista was 2.65 percent.
8. Windows NT
Windows NT is one of the older operating system in this list. currently it holds a market share of 1.64 percent.
Others OS includes Linux, Mac OS X 10.10, 10.6, 10.7, 10.1, 10.5,10.4, Win64, Windows 2000 and Windows 98. All these OS holds a market share of 3.26 percent.
So these are most popular computer operating systems worldwide. Most of these data is collected from NetMarketShare and trend of this data keeps on changing.